Chapter 13. Class system foundations
This chapter covers
- Understanding prototypal inheritance
- Developing your first extension
- Working with plug-ins
- Exploring the Ext JS class loader
Every Ext JS developer faces challenges where reusability is an issue. Often a component must appear more than once within the application’s lifetime. Without mastering certain techniques, you could end up with what’s known as “function soup,” or unmaintainable code. This is why we’ll focus on the concept of reusability with the use of framework extensions and plug-ins.
Once you’re familiar with creating basic subclasses, we’ll focus our attention on extending Ext JS components. You’ll learn the basics of framework extensions, and you’ll solve a real-world problem by extending the grid panel widget.
Next, you’ll see that though extensions solve problems, they can create inheritance issues when similar functionality is desired across multiple widgets. Once you understand the basic limitations of extensions, you’ll convert your extension into a plug-in, where its functionality can easily be shared across the grid panel and any of its descendants.