The latest addition in the Dojo 1.3 release is the new dojox.charting class, DataChart. Its primary purpose is to make connecting a chart to a Data Store a simple process. There are also other benefits with DataChart: less parameters are needed to create a basic chart, and more defaults and convenience methods get you up and running quickly with Dojox Charting.
Dojo 1.3 includes a new tool for working with data stores. The Dojo data API is a pervasive part of Dojo; there are a variety important widgets that use the API and numerous data stores that implement the API. However, often data stores are only accessible through the application that is being built, and developers are dependent on working UIs (that are constantly under development) for store interaction. The StoreExplorer is a new development tool built by Ben Hockey and I, designed to debug and interact directly with data stores to make it easier to understand the data provided by the stores, directly interact with that data, and thereby pinpoint issues in the widget-store stack.
Dojo‘s improved RPC and new REST services can be used with a wide array of web services. One particular use is Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3). Dojo can connect to Amazon S3′s with a trivial proxy and be used as a normal RPC service. Not only that, Amazon S3 is a REST service and therefore it can be used as a data store with Dojo’s new REST implementation of dojo.data, JsonRestStore. You can read and write to your S3 database using the convenient Dojo Data API, and use the data store in Dojo widgets.