Two pieces of news related to Ext JS hit at the same time. Firstly, Ext JS in Action has gone into early access mode, and Jesus Garcia has been kind enough to give the Ajaxian community some exclusive chapters for free:
This article is taken from the book Ext JS in Action. As part of a primer chapter on the core fundamental concepts of the framework, this segment goes through each phase of the component life cycle, making sure that your custom widgets remain on track.
As part of a chapter on building and customizing input forms, this segment teaches you how to submit and load data into your newly created forms.
Manning has also given us the discount code “ajaxian35” that gives you 35% off of any version of this book. So, if you like what you see in the excerpts, get it cheap!
Aaron Conran has announced the latest release candidate for Ext JS 3.0:
There are many enhancements in Ext JS 3.0, too many to include in a single post. Some of the major features in Ext JS 3.0 are the splitting of Ext Core and Ext JS, Charting for visualizations, additional User Interface improvements, CRUD-like support with Ext.data.DataWriter, Remoting using Ext.Direct, CSS enhancements to make theming easier, and Accessibility improvements – Section 508 and ARIA support. We also fixed several browser issues for the latest Chrome and Safari releases and added IE8 support.
I always love looking at how nice the widgets look, like this:
Read the post for a detailed view on the changes.