Christian Heilmann

My Ajax Experience presentation – YUI for control freaks

Saturday, October 4th, 2008 at 6:43 pm

I just spent several splendid days at the Ajax Experience in Boston, MA and was asked to deliver a talk about the YUI. Here’s what I went for: I wanted to make very clear that while YUI is a library much like the others, the real power of it lies in the control it gives you over the whole frontend development process from start to end.

  • The CSS components make sure that creating CSS based layouts and typography are as easy cross-browser as libraries make JavaScript development
  • The YUI DOM control allows you to monitor the size of the browser window, the position of the document in the window and the dimensions of any element. You can use this power to control things like fixed positioning and element overlap and even monitor font resizing.
  • I explained the concept of Custom Events and how the -debug versions of YUI will notify you as a developer at any moment of execution about the internal happenings.
  • I showed the development tools – the YUI logger, profiler and test suite and how they make your development process much less random.

The slides are available on slideshare and here are the code examples mentioned in the slides for browsing and to download as a zip.

[slideshare id=631005&doc=yui-for-control-freaks-a-presentation-at-the-ajax-experience-631005-1473&w=425]

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