SHINOBU KAWANO JavaScript / UX Design / Sencha Web Techinologies

Book Review: Ext JS Data-driven Application Design

Thank Packt Publishing Inc. for offering me a review request for the book! I'm really enjoyed :)

I’ve read a very interesting book – Ext JS Data-driven Application Design. This book is a step-by-step guide to learning how to create database applications with Ext JS 4.x. It was published on December 2013 from Packt Publishing Inc.

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Ext JS Data-driven Application Design:

Ext JS

This is a unique book. The author describes not only method to create an application, but also method to create “High-quality” application. I felt this book is not a textbook. This book proposes a new style to create a professional quality application based on his longtime career of development with Ext JS.

What I liked

Especially, I liked following things.

A method to create maintenancable application

Author proposes a unit testing method called “CT (Component Test)”. This means creating a test page for every component. Thus, it’s able to divide a relation of interdependence of each component. Of course, it’s common sense to separate a dependence of a program. But I was impressed because it introduced concrete steps to implement it.

Ext Direct

“Ext Direct” is a platform and language agnostic technology to remote server-side methods to the client-side. If you want further information, check the following sites.

Ext Direct:

Ext Direct offers developer to create maintenancable codebase and some optimization of the request. That’s why the application that to create on this book is using Ext.Direct. Very interesting. I want to use it in the next project.

Source code that work fine

Author Kazuhiro Kotsutsumi is a famous person in Sencha community of Japan. I’m enjoying seeing a bunch of source code he wrote. I learned some techniques to create the Ext JS application.

What I didn't like

This book describes how to implement history management of the single page application. Then use it on sample app. I guess it’s not a good idea to implement from scratch because already exists a good user extension by Sencha engineer. It is followings.


Final Thoughts

If you are totally beginner of Ext JS, and want to learn how to implement a real-life application with it, I recommend “Mastering Ext JS”. Because the contents of “Ext JS Data-driven Application Design” is quite unique and I don’t know it’s a best practice or not. That’s why I think it’s not fit for a beginner.

The other hand, you have experience of Ext JS app development, and want to learn how to create more quality architecture, this book might be for you. You will learn a new concept and it would be a hint to consider how to create a higher-level applications. I learned many ideas from this book and I was inspired. Thank authors for the great book.