jQuery for Designers : Beginner’s Guide

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Sample Chapters
  • Enhance the user experience of your site by adding useful jQuery features – provide easy navigation, communicate updates and changes, and allow site visitors to interact with content
  • Learn the modular approach to jQuery, including the addition of plug-ins to achieve advanced effects without writing much code at all
  • A step-by-step approach to beginning jQuery, including the creation of rapid, powerful, dynamic web pages and web applications

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 367 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : August 2014
ISBN : 1783284536
ISBN 13 : 9781783284535
Author(s) : Natalie MacLees
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Web Development, Beginner's Guides, Open Source
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Natalie MacLees

Natalie MacLees is the founder of Purple Pen Productions (purplepen.com), an interactive agency based in Los Angeles, California. She has been designing websites since 1997 and is a passionate advocate of both accessibility and usability. She loves teaching and sharing her knowledge, both in seminars and workshops and also with her clients. She discovered WordPress a few years ago as a flexible, extendable, and quick way to build robust websites that clients could manage on their own. She is the organizer of the Southern California WordPress Meetup Group. She is also a Google Analytics Qualified Individual.

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What you will learn from this book

  • Download and include the jQuery library on your website
  • Make tabbed interfaces and custom tooltips
  • Construct an accordion to improve an FAQ page
  • Build an interactive, animated dropdown menu
  • Show images, video, and other content in lightboxes
  • Create slideshows, sliders, and carousels
  • Improve responsive designs and topography
  • React to users scrolling down your page
  • Improve forms to make them more beautiful and more usable

In Detail

jQuery is the most popular JavaScript library in use today which works in all browsers. It is fast, concise, and simplifies HTML document traversing, animating, event handling, and Ajax interactions for rapid web development. Its ease of programming, excellent performance, and massive inbuilt features makes it the most widely used library in the world.

This book offers approachable and beginner-friendly lessons for designers with little or no background in JavaScript. It helps unmask the huge JavaScript library by simplifying how to create dynamic website features such as adding effects and animations, and functionality. Learn how simple it can be to add a ‘wow factor’ to web pages and make a site more user-friendly. The book comes packed with interesting code examples, a plugins overview, and performance best practices help you learn jQuery in a non-intimidating and user-friendly way.

Starting with an introduction to the jQuery library, and a brief description of JavaScript, you will then work through a few simple tasks before diving into using plugins to quickly and simply add complex effects, with just a few lines of code.

This book covers common interface widgets and effects such as tabs, custom tooltips, and accordions. You'll learn how to build an animated dropdown menu, how to show content in lightboxes, and how to create an assortment of slideshows and sliders. You'll learn how to use some handy plugins that improve responsive designs. You'll also discover how to work with images more efficiently, improve typography, display data in an engaging and effective way, and how to make forms both more beautiful and easier to work with.

Create impressive effects on your web pages with just a few lines of code. Finally, you will be introduced to a huge library of plugins available in jQuery.


A step-by-step guide that spices up your web pages and designs them in the way you want using the most widely used JavaScript library, jQuery. The beginner-friendly and easy-to-understand approach of the book will help get to grips with jQuery in no time.

Who this book is for

If you know the fundamentals of HTML and CSS, and want to extend your knowledge by learning to use JavaScript, then this is just the book for you. jQuery makes JavaScript straightforward and approachable – you'll be surprised at how easy it can be to add animations and special effects to your beautifully designed pages.

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