Book Corner

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Dojo - The definitve guide

Dojo: The Definitive Guide really is. As a reference, you can’t beat Matthew Russell’s tome. This book is chock full of insightful commentary, explanatory diagrams, and a thorough overview of Dijit’s inheritance chain. Well written and in depth, this book is a must-have for all users of Dojo 1.x . Though no coverage of DojoX is given, the author outlines some of the more stable highlights, giving you just enough to “know it’s there” and where to go looking. He covers all the ins-and-outs of Dojo Base, Core, and Dijit, providing markup-based and programmatic instantiation examples throughout.

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Dojo: Using the Dojo JavaScript Library to Build Ajax Applications

James Harmon’s “Dojo: Using the Dojo JavaScript Library to Build Ajax Applications” stands out among the crowd as the easiest introduction to the toolkit. While the O’Reilly and Pragmatic books provide serious firepower for application developers, James’ book gives a solid introduction which helps web developers who are new the whole “Ajax” thing jump in and start taking full advantage of the features Dojo has to offer. Large chunks of Dojo have been designed with non-programmers in mind, from the declarative markup syntax to the template system, and James’ book helps really showcase how simple it is to start building rich, compelling UI’s with Dojo.

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Mastering Dojo

Pragmatic’s “Mastering Dojo” is focused heavily on helping you not only learn what’s valuable about the toolkit and how to use it, but by digging deep into the guts and showing you why the pieces are put together the way they are. The real art of building really responsive JavaScript driven UI’s is about making good tradeoffs, and this book really helps you understand what Dojo provides you with in ways that let you trade things off for the benefit of the user experience.