Dojo Toolbox around the web

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Rey Bango at Ajaxian says that “This is a “must-have” for Dojo developers.”. I also enjoyed jdalton’s comment “I totally love this. I don’t even use Dojo and I totally love this. Well done :)”.

Adobe AIR evangelist Ryan Stewart mentions that “it’s basically 100% Dojo”. I did get an email from someone who was curious about what it’s like to create an AIR app using JavaScript. It’s really just like creating any JavaScript-intensive webapp, except you only target one, very capable browser engine (WebKit) and have additional APIs available for things like files, sqlite databases and native windows. Everything you know about web development translates very nicely.

Alex Russell mentions that we were able to port James Burke’s excellent work on the Rhino-based build tool that comes with Dojo. James did a great job on Dojo’s build system. Had he structured things differently, or not written the build system in JavaScript, it would have been difficult to impossible to create the Builder tool. But, as it was things fell into place fairly neatly. We need to get a patch together against Dojo’s build scripts and then the Toolbox will be able to share the code with the Rhino build directly.

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Peter Higgins, who was quite involved in the development of the Toolbox, put his take up on dojotoolkit.org.

And for the German speakers among you, here’s a take on the Toolbox for you. Vielen dank!

What I’ve been up to: The Dojo Toolbox

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Today, we unveiled a project that I’ve been quite busy with the past few weeks: The Dojo Toolbox. Check out my First Look article to learn more about it or watch my 5 minute screencast:

The short story is that it’s an Adobe AIR-based app, built with Dojo itself, that gives you a zippy offline API documentation viewer and a graphical user interface for running Dojo builds.

This was my first interaction with the development side of AIR and my overall impression is quite good. The APIs are nicely done, and only having to target WebKit is quite a blessing.

Of course, I’m better known for my Python projects than JavaScript-related projects. In this case, we are using Paver to manage our builds and we also have Python code that processes the API documentation and generates the search index.

My colleagues and I had a great time putting this together. Thanks to SitePen and Adobe for sponsoring this project!