Essential XUL Programming

Bullard Publishes ‘Essential XUL Programming’


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With so many programming languages and operating systems, developers have been clamoring for a single “meta-language” to develop user interfaces cross-platform and cross-device. responded by creating the eXtensible User interface Language (XUL), allowing developers to break from platform dependencies and develop rich, dynamic user interfaces in record time.

Essential XUL Programming provides an in-depth tutorial on developing XUL-based applications. This reference covers four major areas:

  • Getting Started: Includes definitions of key XUL terminology, information to get started writing XUL code, and fundamentals of XML and CSS
  • XUL in Depth: Focuses on core XUL technologies and examines a step-by-step process for creating XUL applications
  • XUL Applications: Provides case studies of how XUL can be applied to the real world
  • References and Appendices: Offers reference information needed to develop XUL applications, details all XUL elements and attributes, and contains visual examples of XUL interfaces

The authors also developed an open-source software project, jXUL at The jXUL library allows for the development of dynamically compiled Swing user interfaces using a XUL document as a description language for the user interface. The jXUL library represents the beginning of open source development of a XUL framework for the Java Programming Language.

The companion Web site at features:

  • Source code and examples from the book
  • Corrections, updates, and XUL news
  • Links to other XUL resources on the Web

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KEVIN T. SMITH is a senior principal software engineer at BTG, Inc., where he specializes in Java, XML, and Internet security solutions for a wide variety of customers. He has taught courses in computer science, and gives technical presentations at multiple organizations and conferences.

MICHAEL C. DACONTA is Director of Web and Technology Services for McDonald Bradley, Inc., where he conducts training seminars and develops advanced systems with Java, JavaScript, and XML. He is a Sun-certified Java programmer and coauthor of Java Pitfalls, Java 2 and JavaScript for C and C++ Programmers, and C++ Pointers and Dynamic Memory Management (all from Wiley). –This text refers to the Paperback edition.