Drupal 6 JavaScript and jQuery — Matt Butcher

Год выпуска: 2009
Автор: Matt Butcher
Издательство: Packt Publishing
ISBN: 1847196160
Формат: PDF
Качество: eBook (изначально компьютерное)
Количество страниц: 340

Описание:
JavaScript: It's not just for calculators and image rollovers.

Drupal 6 is loaded with new features, and not all of them are necessarily implemented in PHP. This unique book, for web designers and developers, will take you through what can be done with JavaScript (and especially with jQuery) in Drupal 6.

With the combination of the powerhouse jQuery library with its own robust set of JavaScript tools, Drupal 6 comes with a pre-packaged killer JavaScript environment. Cross-platform by nature, it provides all of the tools necessary to create powerful AJAX-enabled scripts, gorgeous visual effects, and view-enhancing behaviors. In addition, Drupal developers have ported some of its most powerful PHP tools - like a theming engine and support for localization and language translation - to JavaScript, making it possible to write simple scripts where once only complex PHP code could be used.

This book gives you the keys to the toolbox, showing you how to use Drupal's JavaScript libraries to make your modules and themes more dynamic, interactive and responsive, and add effects to make your Drupal site explode into life!

If you've dipped your toe in the water of theme or module development with Drupal 6, this is the book you want to make the look and behavior of your work something special. With it's project-based approach, this book is carefully constructed to guide you from how JavaScript fits into the overall Drupal architecture through to making you a master of the jQuery library in the world of Drupal themes and modules. Read the full Table of Contents for Drupal 6 JavaScript and jQuery

What you will learn from this book
An introduction to JavaScript in Drupal 6
The basics of the jQuery library
Creating JavaScript-enabled themes
Manipulating a page on the fly with jQuery
Authoring simple PHPTemplate files designed to maximize scripting potential
Using jQuery to add effects in Drupal 6
Working with Drupal 6 behaviors
Adding AJAX to modules
Using Drupal's localization and language translation engine in your JavaScript
Theming on the client-side with Drupal's JavaScript theme engine
Building better forms
Working with Drupal 6's JavaScript library
Writing portable JavaScript tools as Drupal modules
Approach
This book focuses on teaching by example. Chapters are packed with example code, providing hands-on examples you can play with and then release to your own Drupal sites. By introducing short projects interspersed with discussion, the pace is rapid yet practical.
Who this book is written for
This book is for web designers and developers who want to add JavaScript elements to Drupal themes or modules to create more flexible and responsive user interfaces.

You are expected to know about the basic operation of Drupal, and be familiar with the concept of theming and modules in Drupal. No experience of creating themes or modules is required.

You will need to know the basics of client-side web development; this means HTML, CSS, but also have a rudimentary grasp of the syntax of JavaScript. Familiarity with PHP programming will be an advantage, since we will be writing PHPTemplate files and (at the end) creating Drupal modules. However, the PHP is covered thoroughly enough that even the PHP neophyte will not find the text too demanding. The book also covers the jQuery JavaScript library and its use in Drupal, but no knowledge of jQuery is expected - you will learn everything you need in this book.

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