The Definitive Guide to Lift: A Scala-based Web Framework

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Apress, May 14, 2009 - Computers - 229 pages
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The Definitive Guide to Lift will educate you about Lift, a great framework for building compelling web applications. Lift is designed to make powerful techniques easily accessible, while keeping the overall framework simple and flexible. Lift makes it fun to develop because it lets you focus on the interesting parts of coding.

By the end of this book, you'll be able to create and extend any web application you can think of.

What you’ll learn
  • Explore Lift, the Scala-based web framework and its fundamentals, forms, SiteMap, and more
  • Walk through the PocketChange demo application
  • Use the Mapper and Record Frameworks
  • Use and integrate Lift with JavaScript, Ajax, and COMET
  • Create Lift widgets
  • Persist with Lift using JPAs (Java Persistence APIs)
  • Use Lift's tagging support and web services
  • Use Scala actors, third-party integrators, and more
Who this book is for

This book is for Java web developers looking for something simpler by way of functional programming like Scala and its web framework, Lift. This book is also for Rails/Django web developers looking for something more scalable.

Table of Contents
  1. Welcome to Lift
  2. PocketChange
  3. Lift Fundamentals
  4. Forms in Lift
  5. SiteMap
  6. Mapper and Record
  7. Advanced Lift Architecture
  8. Lift and JavaScript
  9. Lift with AJAX and Comet
  10. JPA Integration
  11. Third-Party Integrations
  12. Lift Widgets
  13. Web Services

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About the author (2009)

Derek Chen-Becker is committer on the Lift project. He is a senior network engineer for a large company. He's been doing software development for over 14 years, with 12 years of Java experience. He started working with Scala 2 years ago and has been working heavily with Lift since version 0.2 came out.

Marius Danciu spent the past 6 years architecting, designing, and leading development of highly scalable server-side applications based on J(2)EE platforms. Most applications were based on the data synchronization techniques (which in turn were based on the SyncML OMA standard) and adjacent technologies. For more than a year, Marius has been a committer to the LiftWeb framework, contributing to the design and implementation of various features in the framework.

Tyler Weir is a committer on Lift and started his career working on compilers at IBM. He moved on to help start Varicent Software as a developer and a manager. He cofounded an independent development company, RoboBoogie Studios, which builds web and iPhone apps. He has been using Lift since version 0.3.