Archive for March, 2008

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Firebug + Dijit tips

Just occassionally you meet someone who doesnt use Firebug all day. For the rest of us (or if you’ve been wondering what all the fuss is all about) here’s a little cookie’s worth of productive goodness.

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Creating Your Own $

The bling, one of the best global variables in JavaScript. A tool which has come to mean, as a function, a way to locate a node or set of nodes. And, as a namespace, a simple way to access often-used functionality. “This can’t be done with Dojo,” you insist. But you’re wrong, it’s really easy. The ideas behind this little symbol are quite simple and I’m going to show you how to create your own customized version of it.

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Making your own dojo.connects

The first time I read the manual pages for dojo.connect, I didn’t realize how powerful dojo.connect really is. For a long time I have used it effectively to connect to mouse clicks and other events but there are way more powerful features than those.
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The dojo parser.

Dojo has a HTML parsing function that reads the custom dojoType=”" attribute, and turns the node in some class instance. It’s really cool, and really fast, and briefly, I am going to explain some of it, and it’s uses.

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Find out a method’s signature on the Firebug console

“Oh cool, I found this function in dojo that I was already looking for, but how do I call it?”

Remember saying that? I do!
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