YUI 2.5.0 Released — Big upgrades to DataTable, new Layout Manager, Flickr-style multi-file Uploader, and more
- DataTable Control: Jenny Han Donnelly has been joined by Luke Smith for this development cycle, and we're all thrilled with what they've produced. DataTable in 2.5.0 gets a more robust markup structure that allows greater control over all aspects of the table. This release also includes major performance enhancements, improvements to the fixed-header implementation for vertical scrolling, built-in support for horizontal scrollling, an all-new Paginator class, support for drag-and-drop column reordering, and a new set of column APIs with hooks for showing, hiding, adding and removing columns.
DataTable has been one of YUI's most popular and important components since its debut, and this is its strongest release yet. If you have existing DataTable implementations that you want to upgrade, take a look at the new User's Guide, as it has some detailed notes about API changes. The DataTable examples roster is another nice place to check out the new code in action.
- Layout Manager: Dav Glass has a lot for you to enjoy in 2.5.0, but top billing goes to his new Layout Manager. Layout Manager eases development of multipane UIs that take up either the full viewport or the full canvas of any block-level element. Layout Units within a layout are resizeable, collapsible, removable and swappable; transitions between expanded and collapsed states have built-in animation support. Whether you're creating a full-screen application like Yahoo! Mail or a rich multi-pane pop-up, Layout Manager is a great place to start.
- Resize Utility: Layout Manager is built upon a new YUI utility, Resize. Dav's Resize Utility formalizes the support that YUI Drag & Drop has long provided in example form and makes it easier for you to make any block-level element resizeable. Resizing can be implemented directly (the resized element resizes in real time during the interaction) or by proxy (a proxy element visualizes the interaction until its conclusion, at which time the resized element snaps to its new size).
- ImageCropper Control: The Resize Utility makes a lot of things easier — and one of those is the implementation of an ImageCropper interface, which Dav built out on top of Resize for 2.5.0. Take a look at the examples and be sure to check out the support Dav provided for modifier keys in this very desktop-like UI control.
- Cookie Utility: When he's not busy writing books or working on My Yahoo!, Nicholas C. Zakas is cranking out new code for YUI. In 2.5.0, he contributes the Cookie Utility, a simple but powerful component that helps you get maximum mileage out of your limited cookie space. Because browsers limit the number of cookies you can set per domain (and because that limitation can sneak up on you if you manage a large site with many subdomains), the Cookie Utility supports "sub-cookies." Sub-cookies pack multiple name-value pairs under the umbrella of a single cookie, expanding the number of data points that you can store in cookie space.
- Slider Control with Dual Thumb Support: Supporting dual-thumb interactions in our Slider Control has been on our list for awhile, and Luke took the opportunity to get this out to you in 2.5.0. Sliders are "finite range controls"; dual-thumb sliders allow you specify a sub-range within the control's larger range. The classic use case for dual-thumb sliders is on shopping sites, where such controls can allow users to filter results based on price range. Check out the User's Guide, example, and the new Slider Cheatsheet (which has a second page dedicated to dual-thumb implementations).
- We're using this release to promote the following components from beta to GA status: ColorPicker Control, Get Utility (for cross-domain, dynamic loading of script and CSS files), JSON Utility, ImageLoader Utility, and YUI Test Utility. These promotions reflect the maturity of those components and their very low bug traffic. As always, we're releasing all new-for-2.5.0 components under the beta moniker, and we're looking forward to your feedback on those once you get a chance to try them out.
- Full details on the release, including a rollup of the changelog for all components and a bug/feature manifest, are available in Georgiann Puckett's update to the YUI developer forum this morning.
One More Thing...
YUI now ships with more than 270 examples, many of which are accompanied by full tutorials to help you get started using YUI. And while individual examples are good, we've gotten a number of requests to create an über example, one that pulls in and makes use of a wide range of YUI components in a single sample application — while still being YUI-centric and not littered with noisy implementation logic.
We're excited to get 2.5.0 out the door and, as luck would have it, we've got a fantastic excuse to celebrate. YUI's (and the Yahoo Pattern Library's) second anniversary party is coming up next week (February 26, 5 p.m., Sunnyvale), and we'd love to have you join us. Sign up on Upcoming to let us know you'll be stopping by at Yahoo! HQ for some beer and general revelry. We look forward to showing off some of the stuff you all have been doing with YUI in the past two years and we'll talk a bit about where Patterns and YUI are headed from here.