Posts Tagged JavaScript

Practical Prototype and script.aculo.us eBook for $10

I’ve been looking for a great introductory JavaScript book for my wife which includes the use of a popular JS framework.

It looks like this book is what I’ve been waiting for.

Practical Prototype and script.aculo…

Although I’m currently more inclined to using JQuery in my own projects, I think knowing the ins and outs of both frameworks would be very useful in the long run.

Plus, the fact that this eBook is available for only $10 (for a limited time) makes it a very good catch.

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PDF Reader/Bookmarker based on AIR (A Failed Attempt)

After seeing this sample application, I had high hopes in creating an AIR application which can load a PDF file, render it and have the usual Adobe Reader controls.

But the moment you try to close the application, it will save the current page you are reading and when you open the application again some time in the future, it will bring you back to exactly where you left off.

Something like the bookmarker.js from the PDF Hacks book or this plugin variant but better (at least that’s what I think).

That was until I discovered that AIR didn’t have (yet) that tight integration with PDF that I was looking for.

If you’ve seen the example application, you may be wondering how the developer was able to control navigation of the PDF file. As it turned out, the PDF he created had additional document level JavaScript that he invoked from AIR.

As far as I know, document level JavaScript can only be added through software such as Adobe Acrobat (which is NOT free, unlike the basic Adobe Reader).

Ah too bad, I’ll probably give it another shot in the next releases of Adobe AIR.

Until then.

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