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Laszlo in Action [Paperback]

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Laszlo in Action is the first comprehensive guide to the Laszlo system and its language LZX. OpenLaszlo is an increasingly popular open-source platform for the development and delivery of rich internet applications across multiple platforms: Flash, DHTML, and J2ME. The dramatic emergence of Ajax over the past year was a first step in the transition from page-oriented HTML web applications towards more full-featured rich internet applications. OpenLaszlo provides another important step in this continuing evolutionary process through the increased productivity resulting from LZX's declarative approach. It provides developers with the tools to create web-based applications offering the usability and interactivity associated with desktop applications, and the low costs associated with web-based deployment. The cross-platform nature of Laszlo LZX applications allows source code with only minimum modifications to run natively on all popular web browsers, on all desktop operating systems, on the Flash platform, and other platforms in the future.

Written to address the needs of a wide spectrum of developers, ranging from client-side HTML and JavaScript developers all the way to enterprise-class Java or Rails engineers, this book provides a very hands-on approach towards building applications that solve real-world problems across both the Flash and DHTML platforms. Starting with the fundamentals of Laszlo LZX, the authors quickly move towards applying this knowledge to the design and development of a full-scale application called the Laszlo Market. This provides a working context to assist understanding the underlying concepts of Laszlo LZX and, more importantly, how to apply this knowledge in innovative ways. The construction of the Laszlo Market proceeds over the course of the book illustrating topics starting with an initial wireframe and storyboard design to optimization issues dealing with the application's deployment across the Flash and DHTML platforms.

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Pages   550
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 7.3" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   1.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2008
Publisher   Manning Publications
ISBN  1932394834  
ISBN13  9781932394832  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Norman M. Klein was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1945. He began his academic career with stops along the way at the University of California, Los Angeles, Otis College, Southern California Institute of Architecture and the University of Southern California. A historian in the fields of architecture, media, and culture, he has been a Professor of Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts for over thirty years. Memory and all of its socially relevant functions are at the core of Klein's interests. By exploring a multitude of issues and themes, Klein pursues traces of the past and critically investigates how selective the memory is and how facts and fiction are combined in history. In doing so, Klein moves between various genres and techniques. "The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory" (1997) is a "melding of archival research with critical theory," as observed by the media researcher Peter Lunenfeld. "Klein cannot help but transgress: he moves from personal memoir to a theoretical exegesis; binds between two covers essays, a novella, and a form he calls the >docufable

Norman Klein was born in 1942.

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Missing Appendices  May 14, 2008
Laszlo in Action is an 'ok' introduction to OpenLaszlo. I found it mildly informative, however, it lacks any backend information. Notably, how do you get your data from the database to OpenLaszlo. The publisher tells us that there are two appendices that describe backends for Java Struts and Ruby on Rails to transport data between a database and OpenLaszlo but those appendices are not actually in the book. They're download only PDFs from the publisher's website. Had I known this before purchasing the book I would have skipped buying it. I don't know why the publisher decided not to actually print the appendices but I call it an epic fail on their part.

Save your money. Download the appendices from the publisher and use OpenLaszlo's online documentation.
Excellent introduction  Feb 19, 2008
This book is an excellent introduction to OpenLaszlo version 4.0. It describes the OpenLaszlo framework, its concepts and unfolds the language philosophy over several chapters by creating a webshop application. One major aspect of OpenLaszlo is, to initially define the visual GUI mockup using some embedded XML test data inside the OpenLaszlo frontend. After finishing the visual GUI, you switch the XML source to a server address and off you go ! So, web applications can be visually created in a very simple and appealing way using a XML markup language and small XML test data - no need to fiddle around on server or database side. After finishing the visual work, a backend programmer can do the database creation and webservice part of the application. Frontend and backend development are no longer a mixed operation - web 2.0 applications in record time. Note: OpenLaszlo was already on the market in 2002, when Adobe (formerly Macromedia) stole that idea and created Flex. OpenLaszlo is OpenSource and it rocks !

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