- Paperback: 299 pages
- Publisher: Packt Publishing (November 28, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847195148
- ISBN-13: 978-1847195142
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,528,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Shea Frederick Shea has worked closely with the Ext JS creators since inception, and more recently the added development team to create cutting edge web-interactivity. His full time work as part of a User Experience Development team allows him the freedom to explore the latest developments in the world of web applications and implement them in real-world requirements. In his free time, he enjoys mountain biking and skiing.
Colin Ramsay began his web career hacking around ASP websites in a part-time developer job when he was at university. Since then he's been involved with a range of web technologies, which have provided a springboard for the formation of his UK-based web development company, run in tandem with his fledgling writing projects.
Steve 'Cutter' Blades
Cutter is the Senior Web Developer for Dealerskins, a Nashville, Tennessee based hosting provider that develops websites for the Automobile Dealership market. Cutter began his web career when he began learning HTML 1 while in the US Army and stationed with the National Security Agency. Cutter got into application development as a Corporate Support Specialist for a regional ISP, just prior to becoming the IT Director of Seacrets, a large resort destination on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Cutter has extensive experience as a server- and client-side developer, with a popular blog dedicated to ColdFusion, Ext JS, and other web development technologies.
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Top Customer Reviews
I would recommend this book to anyone that has some experience in programming that is looking to start coding in EXT JS. Just dont expect it to teach you everything there is to know, it is more of a stepping stone.
Overall, if you are just getting into EXT JS and want a good book to get you started this is the one.
This book is easy to follow. It has simple but very valuable examples, so you can use them as a base and then apply advanced features to your code on the fly.
I wished I'd had this book when I started learning Ext JS. Have fun...
There is another glaring issue regarding JSON, and that is that the book perpetuates gross misinformation about the JSON data interchange format. In particular, it refers to the omnipresent configuration objects used by ExtJS as JSON, and this is indisputably inaccurate; all you have to do is visit [...] for instance to learn that string keys within JSON objects must be double quoted, but this is not the case with ExtJS configuration objects.
As programmers we are supposed to be painstakingly precise, so such grossly inaccurate and misleading information is anathema, and calls into question the validity and veracity of the rest of the material. Even without the issues surrounding JSON, there are too many other inaccuracies for this volume to warrant unmitigated praise. The "notes" in particular, to which special attention are drawn every few pages or so, are unclear sometimes to the point of being non-sequitirs because they refer to material a half-page or page away.
The above all being said, after initially reading half of the chapters of this book, I have picked it up on average once or twice a day in my first couple of weeks working with the framework, so it's by no means entirely worthless. However, I expect how often I refer to this book to decrease dramatically in the near future, and not just because of the atrocious index. Rather, so much of this book barely scratches the surface, and the shame is it doesn't have to be this way.
For instance, Chapter 9 regarding tree structures does well to note at the beginning that this is ideal for dealing with files and folders hierarchies. But then instead of showing off this functionality for this purpose, the example diagrams show branches and leaves of the tree named "aardvark", "bee", "cockroach". This might be fine to illustrate sorting, but these diagrams are used throughout the entire chapter, most of which has nothing to do with sorting, nor does the chapter go on to cover using trees to represent file and folder hierarchies whatsoever; it's as though the authors have never really used ExtJS's tree functionality.
In the end all I will be able to do with the book is give it away; it can by no means serve as an enduring reference. If you need a lot of hand holding, this book might be appropriate, otherwise stick with the online documentation and forums.
We've all been there, thrown into an unfamiliar technology and expected to perform miracles overnight.
In these situations you can find yourself floundering, looking for some starting guidence while you try to find your feet.
Having said that, if your just working with Ext JS for your presentation interface, the book is complete enough to get you up and running.
After an obligitory introduction chapter, and some foundation concepts, your quickly working with Ext widgets.
Very soon your creating Ext JS forms, applying textfields, datefields, combos, toolbars and validations.
The very popular Grid an Tree components are also well covered, with Layouts appearing surprising late in the book.
I enjoyed the flow of the book, which is written in an easy reading light hearted style.
The examples clearly explained the concepts, and raised a few chuckles at the same time.
Examples that included server-side code assume a PHP backend, a fairly typical implementation for Ext JS.
I work with Oracle Application Express and PL/SQL, never the less the examples were easy to follow if you focused on the format of the server output rather than the implementation language.
Overall, if your starting out with Ext JS, or struggling understanding the Ext JS examples and scattered forum posts, this book is a good reference.
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