May 7, 2007
O'Reilly Releases Programming Firefox: Building Applications in the Browser
Sebastopol, CA--Programming Firefox (O'Reilly, US $59.99) is the
essential guide to building user interfaces and rich internet applications
using the Cross Platform Component (XPCOM) library from the Mozilla
Foundation. In this work, author Kenneth Feldt applies his years of
experience in XUL development to give programmers a comprehensive look at
XUL's capabilities, from simple interface design to complex multi-tier
applications with real-time operations.
Programming Firefox serves as both a programmer's reference and an
in-depth tutorial, so readers not only get a comprehensive look at XUL's
capabilities, but also learn how to build a complete working application
with XUL. Developers from Java and .NET environments will see how quickly
large-scale applications can be constructed with XPCOM and XUL.
"The book is a practical, hands-on introduction to some of these evolving
standards that allow developers to combine creativity with technology,"
notes Feldt. "'Programming Firefox' is less of a how-to book and more of a
what-if exploration that encourages developers to push the envelope of the
Internet experience." Feldt's book is ideal for the designer or developer
charged with delivering innovative standards-based Internet applications.
Topics in the book include:
- An overview of Firefox technology
- An introduction to the graphical elements that compose a XUL application
- Firefox development tools and the process used to design and build
- Managing an application with multiple content areas
- An introduction to Resource Description Files, and how the Firefox
interface renders RDF
- Displaying documents using the Scalable Vector Graphics standard and HTML
- The XML Binding language and interface overlays to extend Firefox
- Implementing the next-generation forms interface through XForms
"I hope this text will play a modest role in helping to educate
application developers in how to use Mozilla technology--not for the sake
of using a different technical platform, but to demonstrate what is
possible when the collective knowledge of the international standards
community finds its voice in the marketplace," says Feldt. "With such a
diverse and creative pool of contributors, new Internet applications are
possible that feature improvements in responsiveness, greater flexibility
of interface design, and more expressive graphics."
Kenneth Feldt develops XUL-based solutions for Cholabris Workgroup
Solutions. Ken's work experience involves electronic document production
and distribution, electronic imaging, digital video workflow, and
technical communications. Currently, Ken is focusing on the merger of
publishing and messaging technologies, where he hopes XUL can deliver
high-quality technologies to mathematics and science students.
More information about the book, including table of contents, index, author bio, and cover graphic
Kenneth C. Feldt
ISBN: 0-596-10243-7, 494 pages, Print: $59.99 US, $77.99 CA
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