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Review: Yahoo! User Interface Library 2.x Cookbook

Wednesday April 20, 2011
By Brad Harris

I've had some time to really dig in to Matt Snider's latest book, Yahoo! User Interface Library 2.x Cookbook, and have some great things to say about it. I wanted to take a different approach to reading and reviewing this book, and hopefully it proves helpful to readers. I've been working on in my free time a lot lately, and normally as I'm developing front-end code using YUI, I reference their online documentation (which is pretty good IMO) when I have questions. I decided to just rely on this book for the past few weeks to really see how useful it was as a reference while developing. In short, it has been a great development companion. Let me explain...

I was working on adding some DataTable functionality for a client's site (Aeris Secure), and found the chapter in Matt's book to provide great examples and explanations for getting it going relatively quickly. He lays out multiple use cases for the DataTable, as he does so with just about all of the chapters, and that wide coverage provided a great reference as I found each example had additional insight into how to use the particular component of the YUI library. I think this approach will be a great way for beginners to ramp up to using the library, as they start fairly vanilla and basic, but as you progress the more advanced use cases and features are discussed. For a developer that is more familiar with the basics, they will quickly learn to jump a few sections in to each chapter to get to the meat of what they want to learn.

That's one example of how I found the book to be helpful in practice. If you want a solid picture of how to work with YUI, this book is great.

YUI 2.8 Learning the Library book review

Saturday September 4, 2010
By Brad Harris

I've had a chance to read through the latest book on YUI, titled YUI 2.8 Learning the Library. The book was written by Daniel Barreiro and Dan Wellman, and was published by Packt Publishing. For the impatient that don't want to read the whole review, and want to get right to the goods, here they are. The book has great coverage of the YUI library, including all of the popular widget like Calendar, Container, Autocomplete, DataSource, DataTable and more. If you'ren new to YUI and looking for an overage and how-to for the library, this book would serve you well. If you're an experienced YUI developer, you probably won't get a whole lot out of this book that you don't already know, or couldn't gain through reading YUI's online examples and API.

If you read through this book in it's entirety, you'll come to understand the main reason I love YUI, that it's not just a collection of widgets and utilities. This book explains the full feature set of the YUI library, and you'll realize that it's the perfect foundation to build on top of. The author's do a really great job of showing in depth examples that teach you how the components work. I particularly liked reading the chapter on DataSource and DataTable.

If the online examples provided by Yahoo! leave you wondering how things are working, this book fills in those gaps. Most of the book is targeted to beginners and intermediate developers.