Chapter 8. Developing tasty forms, views, and layouts

This chapter covers

  • Rendering and processing forms
  • Writing custom tag libraries
  • Creating stunning layouts
  • Adding visual effects and animation
  • Exploring interactive Ajax tags and remoting

You’ve spent most of the book building the heart of Hubbub: processing incoming requests; interacting with the data model; calling business logic; and creating posts, users, and timelines. It’s been fun, but not visually satisfying. It’s time to leave the core functionality behind and work on the UI of your web application.

A great-looking UI has all sorts of subtle impacts on the user. People think that a visually pleasing application is more robust, performs better, and is more productive than ...

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