Drupal 6 JavaScript and jQuery

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  • An introduction to JavaScript in Drupal 6
  • The basics of the jQuery library
  • Creating JavaScript-enabled themes
  • Manipulating a page on the fly with jQuery
  • Authoring simple PHPTemplate files designed to maximize scripting potential
  • Using jQuery to add effects in Drupal 6
  • Working with Drupal 6 behaviors
  • Adding AJAX to modules
  • Using Drupal's localization and language translation engine in your JavaScript
  • Theming on the client-side with Drupal's JavaScript theme engine
  • Building better forms
  • Working with Drupal 6's JavaScript library
  • Writing portable JavaScript tools as Drupal modules

JavaScript: It's not just for calculators and image rollovers.

Drupal 6 is loaded with new features, and not all of them are necessarily implemented in PHP. This unique book, for web designers and developers, will take you through what can be done with JavaScript (and especially with jQuery) in Drupal 6.

With the combination of the powerhouse jQuery library with its own robust set of JavaScript tools, Drupal 6 comes with a pre-packaged killer JavaScript environment. Cross-platform by nature, it provides all of the tools necessary to create powerful AJAX-enabled scripts, gorgeous visual effects, and view-enhancing behaviors. In addition, Drupal developers have ported some of its most powerful PHP tools – like a theming engine and support for localization and language translation – to JavaScript, making it possible to write simple scripts where once only complex PHP code could be used.

This book gives you the keys to the toolbox, showing you how to use Drupal's JavaScript libraries to make your modules and themes more dynamic, interactive and responsive, and add effects to make your Drupal site explode into life!

If you've dipped your toe in the water of theme or module development with Drupal 6, this is the book you want to make the look and behavior of your work something special. With it's project-based approach, this book is carefully constructed to guide you from how JavaScript fits into the overall Drupal architecture through to making you a master of the jQuery library in the world of Drupal themes and modules.

  • Learn about JavaScript support in Drupal 6
  • Packed with example code ready for you to use
  • Harness the popular jQuery library to enhance your Drupal sites
  • Make the most of Drupal's built-in JavaScript libraries
Page Count 340
Course Length 10 hours 12 minutes
ISBN 9781847196163
Date Of Publication 9 Mar 2009


Matt Butcher

Matt is a web developer and author. He has previously written five other books for Packt, including two others on Drupal. He is a senior developer for the New York Times Company, where he works on ConsumerSearch.com, one of the most traffic-heavy Drupal sites in the world. He is the maintainer of multiple Drupal modules and also heads QueryPath – a jQuery-like PHP library. He blogs occasionally athttp://technosophos.com.