Practical Ext JS Projects with Gears (Practical Projects) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/7/1
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- How Ext JS allows you to create these applications with a slick user interface with a minimum of effort
- How the other parts of Ext JS aside from the GUI widgets provide many of the capabilities modern applications need, such as Ajax and data mechanisms
- How other technologies such as Gears can be brought in to make the applications more powerful
Frank W. Zammetti is a web architect specialist for a leading worldwide financial company by day, and a PocketPC and open-source developer by night. He is the founder and chief software architect of Omnytex Technologies, a PocketPC development house.He has over 12 years of "professional" experience in the information technology field, and over 12 more of "amateur" experience. He began his nearly life-long love of computers at age 7, when he became one of four students chosen to take part in his school district's pilot computer program. A year later, he was the only participant left! The first computer Frank owned was a Timex Sinclair 1000 in 1982, on which he wrote a program to look up movie times for all of Long Island (and without the 16k expansion module!). After that, he moved on to a Commodore 64 and spent about 4 years doing nothing but assembly programming (games mostly). He finally got his first IBM-compatible PC in 1987, and began learning the finer points of programming (as they existed at that time!).Frank has primarily developed web-based applications for about 8 years. Before that, he developed Windows-based client/server applications in a variety of languages. Frank holds numerous certifications including SCJP, MCSD, CNA, i-Net+, A+, CIW, MCP, and numerous BrainBench certifications. He is a contributor to a number of open source projects, including DataVision, Struts, PocketFrog, and Jakarta Commons. In addition, Frank has started two projects: Java Web Parts and The Struts Web Services Enablement Project. He also was one of the founding members of a project that created the first fully functioning Commodore 64 emulator for PocketPC devices (PocketHobbit).Frank has authored various articles on topics that range from integrating DataVision into web apps, to using Ajax in Struts-based applications. He is working on a new application framework specifically geared to creating next-generation web applications.
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So my main reason for buying the book was not really covered: Writing apps that can be used on and off line. The initial outline of the book is a thin review of Ext JS & Gears for the first few pages, and the second half consists of explaining a number of offline apps only, with an overwhelming emphasis on Ext JS.
Those are the reasons I give it only 3 stars.
That said, if you are looking for a book that will teach you Ext JS, with the novelty of Gears in the mix, this book is pretty good. The coverage of Ext JS is pretty thorough, and is covered in a variety of "cookbook" examples. That is why it got 3 stars, not 2, from me.
Summary: Good Ext JS coverage, with a very thin veneer of Gears explained, but literally no talk about on and off line apps, which seems to be the defacto reason to learn Gears at all.
The book is split into 2 parts, the first introducion Ext Core and the UI widgets in ExtJS, while the second part consists of seven different projects developed with Ext and Google Gears as stand-alone applications (one page web-apps, with data persistence in the browser - or sovereign web apps, as the author calls them).
This is not a book on Google Gears. Gears is used throughout the book only as a persistence layer, without much emphasis on its other capabilities.
The book is written from a practical standpoint, with a lot of real-life code, even in the first part, when talking about the core facilities of Ext.
A real helper for me was the diagram with the hierarchy of widgets, providing the programmer with a broader look on the library.