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JavaScript for the Business Developer

Publisher: MC Press Online
Publication Date: June 2007
Subject: Computer: Programming
Category: Programming
Number of Pages: 177

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In JavaScript for the Business Developer, author Mike Faust builds the case for integrating JavaScript into business applications and then shows the application programmer how JavaScript can help programmers create dynamic business applications with Web browser interfaces.

Creating dynamic, user-friendly interfaces is one of the best arguments for using JavaScript when building business applications. Often, an application functions well and offers bulletproof reliability, but it has an awkward or outdated look and feel. JavaScript can easily modernize a GUI interface by making it more dynamic and interactive.

Faust demonstrates techniques to add dynamic elements to applications so they look like they came right out of the box. For example, JavaScript can be used to display information when users hover a mouse over a given field. It also can allow a user to customize elements of the interface, such as color schemes, font styles, and even the location of information elements within the application.

JavaScript for the Business Developer is specifically geared for programmers writing common business applications. Although many business programmers have embraced simple HTML to provide a Web interface for their applications, many have a limited understanding of JavaScript and the power it can bring to business application programs.

With JavaScript for the Business Developer, you will:
  • Understand the benefits JavaScript can add to business applications
  • Learn techniques that will modernize application interfaces
  • Discover how to add function to applications, such as sorting data in a table with one click of the mouse or performing calculations on the fly
  • Enhance your career with skill in a new technology
About author
Mike Faust
Mike Faust has been working with midrange systems and personal computers for over a decade, wearing every hat from network administrator to software developer to MIS manager. During that time, he has focused his attention on integration between platforms, and he has used that multiplatform knowledge to stretch perceived programming limitations by developing new and sometimes surprising programming techniques. Mike has also written more than a dozen technical articles for the former Midrange Computing magazine, one of which was a finalist for the 2000 Maggie magazine awards in the Best How-to Article category.


Chapter 1: Getting Down to Business
The Interface
User-Customizable Views
Data Manipulation
Integrating with Backend Systems
Server-Side Interaction

Chapter 2: JavaScript
What Is JavaScript?
A Script by Any Other Name
DOM Implementations Compared
   Determining Browser Environments
JavaScript/HTML Interaction

Chapter 3: JavaScript Language Elements
Language Structure and Syntax
Declaring Variables and Objects
Flow Control
Browser/Document Access
The document Object
Document Object Methods

Chapter 4: Cascading Style Sheets
Default/External Style Sheet
Internal Style Sheet
Inline HTML Style Definition
Style Sheet Properties
   Background Properties
   Border Properties
   Font Properties
   List Properties
   Margin Properties
   Padding Properties
   Text Properties
CSS and JavaScript

Chapter 5: JavaScript Functions
Required Fields
Form Control
Dynamic Page Output
Image Controls

Chapter 6: Asynchronous JavaScript and XML
AJAX: It's Not Just for Cleaning Anymore
AJAX, Step by Step
An XML Weather Tool
The Wide World of the Web

Chapter 7: Javascript Language Quick Reference
JavaScript Elements
CSS Properties

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