Free Excerpt — Web Development Solutions: Ajax, APIs, Libraries, and Hosted Services Made Easy, by Christian Heilmann and Mark Norman Francis

By YUI TeamApril 30, 2007

Christian Heilmann and Mark Norman Francis are lead Yahoo! frontend engineers who ply their trade in Yahoo!'s London office in Covent Garden. Both are frequent speakers on the web-developer conference circuit in the UK. Christian blogs at http://wait-till-i.com; Norm writes insighfully (if only occasionally) at http://cackhanded.net/.

Their new book from Friends of Ed (APress) is Web Development Solutions: Ajax, APIs, Libraries, and Hosted Services Made Easy. The purpose of new volume was to show to people who want to publish on the web that by using APIs and hosted services it is possible to set up a complex and sophisticated web application without having to reinvent every technical wheel along the way. Here's how Christian explains it:

Let Flickr worry about the conversion of your photos, del.icio.us allow you to add up-to-date links and Wordpress and its developer community help you pick a template. All you should really worry about is the content you want to offer your visitors.

As is our wont when new books come out with YUI-oriented content, we asked Friends of Ed editor Chris Mills if we might share an excerpt here. He was kind enough to provide a section of the book in which Christian and Norm step through the creation of hierarchical menus and the use of animation with the YUI library.