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Book Review: Découvrez MooTools - Un framework JavaScript pour des sites dynamiques et interactifs

Written By Jean-Philippe Déry, on Tuesday, December 4th 2012, 5:26pm

Until recently, French literature about MooTools was pretty much non-existent. Thanks to Xavier Lecomte, now there is a very good book about MooTools in your native tongue that will get you up to speed in no time.

Découvrez Mootools - Un framework JavaScript pour des sites dynamiques et interactifs (Discover MooTools - A javascript framework for dynamic and interactive websites) is aimed at beginner and intermediate developers who wish to create spectacular effects using MooTools. This book does not go deep into topics that would likely only confuse you, but instead it keeps everything simple and provides many clear cut examples and illustrations that will facilitate your understanding. Priced at 12.5 Euros (~15$) it’s a must-have if you’re looking to learn MooTools.

As the author says, it does not cover the entire framework. Instead, Xavier Lecomte selected the most commonly used MooTools pieces and explains them in detail. Throughout this book, you’ll learn how to create classes, handle DOM elements, create AJAX requests and create effects using Fx classes. The latter is probably the most discussed topic of this book as it goes through almost every Fx-based class in MooTools. When it comes to Fx classes, the most complex part is probably options. Although they are well named, they could be difficult to grasp, especially to the novice user. This book makes this type of functionality very clear by explaining all the options for each class discussed, at times, through the use of illustrations. The Fx chapter wraps up with a complete example, where the author builds a pong game using tools explained throughout the chapter.

Finally, the book discusses work done by the MooTools community. Although it does not go deeply into each project (most of them would require a book on their own), it gives a good idea of what MooTools is able to offer.

To conclude, if you’re a native French speaker interested in learning MooTools, this book is a must-have, especially at that price. I hope Xavier Lecomte will continue writing about MooTools, the in-depth detailing of this book is amazing and will certainly benefit many.

Moobile 0.2 Released

Written By Jean-Philippe Déry, on Saturday, November 3rd 2012, 10:16am

I’m very happy to present the latest version of Moobile. This release focuses on stability and building solid groundwork for the future. This includes, for instance…

iOS 6 Theme

The iOS theme has been updated to closely match the recent changes in iOS 6 for both iPhone and iPad. This release also addresses the updated border-image syntax that casued issues with buttons inside bars or alerts. Finally, elements that were not hardware-accelerated (using only translateX or translateY) are now as smooth as they should be.

Android Theme

This release includes a basic Android 4 theme. This is still a work in progress and, since my testing devices are limited, I cannot guarantee it will work well on all devices. Any tips you can share about improving speed on Android would be greatly appreciated.

Transitions

Two more transitions were added: Cover.Page and Cover.Box. They aim to replicate modal view transition on iPad. The cover transition, using the Android theme, has also been customized to match the native Android look and feel.

Simulator

The simulator’s UI has been improved. It’s now less intrusive and provides a zoom functionality. Keyboard shortcuts were also added; you may now use the arrow keys to zoom or rotate. Settings (such as orientation, zoom and options) are now saved on a per-device basis so you won’t have to zoom out every time you use the iPad device on your laptop.

The Boiler Plate

Touch icons and startup images for all sizes have been added to the boiler plate.

Moobile.Component.defineAttribute

A minor improvement, but an improvement nonetheless. For those who were tired of writing data-option-style-name, data-style is the new alternative. It’s now possible to specify a behavior for certain attributes on a component thanks to the Moobile.Component.defineAttribute function.

The Future

The next release will geared towards adding content. Tab views, split views and on-off switches will be included in the new version. I’m also planning to improve the documentation, add more examples and make things easier to understand.

Requests

If you have any requests, you’re welcome to contact me through the GitHub page. I’ll be glad to listen to your requests and, hopefully, improve your experience working with Moobile.

Moobile is developed by Jean-Philippe Déry and is hosted on moobilejs.com

Moobile 0.1 Released

Written By Jean-Philippe Déry, on Tuesday, April 24th 2012, 12:22pm

Moobile

Moobile is a mobile web application framework built on MooTools. It focuses on building mobile apps that behave as close as possible to their native counterparts, either on a mobile browser or on a webview wrapper such as Phonegap.

Moobile is also meant to be extended. I believe one of the strengths of a mobile web app is the ease of creating something entirely different. Moobile helps in this area by providing a structure as well as controls, view and controllers that can be easily extended to suit your needs.

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Open IRC Office Hours!

Written By Olmo Maldonado, on Thursday, June 9th 2011, 9:00pm

Starting next week, we’re going to be holding regular IRC office hours for MooTools developers in the #mootools channel on irc.freenode.net. Members of the MooTools team will be on hand to answer your technical questions.

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The Journey Toward More 1.3

Written By Sean McArthur, on Wednesday, September 22nd 2010, 2:17pm

MooTools has always prided itself with the quality of its developer community, and the MooTools development team has always highly valued the opinion and input of the thousands of users who continually support the framework. With this in mind, we’ve decided to provide everyone with a quick update on the recent work that the More team has been doing. Specifically, the meta things about More; the things we do to make working on MooTools More better and better.

MooTools More Team Has Grown and Been Busy

With the help of our two newest developers, Arian and Tim, the MooTools More team has been working hard to get More up and running with Core 1.3. Aside from updating old Core API calls, they’ve been fixing a lot of the Lighthouse bugs, as well as providing new improvements like Event.Pseudos, Locale and more.

The last of the 1.2.x More releases has been a priority since the Core 1.2.5 release. It will come with a lot of bug fixes and a few new features. The hold up is converting all of More’s tests to use the new process described below. As such, it looks like More 1.2.5.1 and More 1.3.0.1 will likely be released together.

Testing MooTools

To help with this increased development—and to make sure less bugs squeak by—we have set up a new testing environment using the wonderful Windmill testing framework. An example of the new sandbox environment can currently be found at http://review.mootools.net:9876.

A couple of us have also been hard at work improving the testing throughout all the MooTools projects, but you’ll just have to wait and see the awesome details in a later article.

Contributing is Getting Easier!

With the release of GitHub’s new Pull Requests system, we’ve found that they fit very well into the MooTools development workflow. The new system makes it easier for the developers to review pull requests, and makes the discussions associated with them public.

Because the MooTools community is made up of awesome developers who are more than happy to share their work and to give back to the project, we realized that this new pull request feature could be very helpful in accepting contributions from the community. As such, we are encouraging all of you to send us your pull requests for review and possible inclusion in the Core and More repositiories.

Big Things Happening…

We hope that you’re as excited as we are with what’s cooking on the MooTools development front. We’d like to hear your opinions, comments and suggestions in the comments section below, so don’t hesitate to drop a line or two.

We also invite everyone to visit our official Github repository and drop by the official #mootools IRC Channel on Freenode. MooTools also has a twitter account that you can follow for more news and updates.

And stay tuned—we have something very special coming in the next few weeks that will hopefully blow your minds.

Now off for a chocolate milk!