jQuery for Designers: Beginner's Guide

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Learn
  • Download and include the jQuery library on your website
  • Build browsable photo galleries and animated slideshows, along with carousels and sliders
  • Create tabbed interfaces in a few lines of code without a plugin
  • Include custom scrollbars that fit the design of your site but are still easy for your site visitors to use
  • Use AJAX to only load up the changing content area rather than the whole page
  • Enhance the navigation on your site by using animations and custom tooltips
  • Enhance web forms to make them easier for your site visitor to use
About

jQuery is awesome for designers - it builds easily on the CSS and HTML you already know and allows you to create impressive effects with just a few lines of code. However, without a background in programming, JavaScript - on which jQuery is built - can feel intimidating and impossible to grasp. This book will show you how simple it can be to learn the basics and then extend your capabilities by taking advantage of jQuery plugins.

jQuery for Designers offers approachable lessons for designers with little or no background in JavaScript. The book begins by introducing the jQuery library and a small and simple introduction to JavaScript. Then you'll step through a few simple tasks to get your feet wet before diving into using plugins to quickly and simply add complex effects with just a few lines of code.

You'll be surprised at how far you can get with JavaScript when you start with the power of the jQuery library and this book will show you how. We'll cover common interface widgets and effects such as tabbed interfaces, custom tooltips, and custom scrollbars. You'll learn how to create an animated navigation menu and how to add simple AJAX effects to enhance your site visitors' experience. Then we'll wrap up with interactive data grids which make sorting and searching data easy.

Features
  • Enhance the user experience of your site by adding useful jQuery features
  • Learn the basics of adding impressive jQuery effects and animations even if you've never written a line of JavaScript
  • Easy step-by-step approach shows you everything you need to know to get started improving your website with jQuery
Page Count 332
Course Length 9 hours 57 minutes
ISBN 9781849516709
Date Of Publication 24 Apr 2012
Opening links in a new window
Time for action – opening a link in a new window
Adding icons to links
Time for action – creating a list of links
Simple tabs
Time for action – creating simple tabs
Summary
FAQ page markup
Time for action – setting up the HTML
Time for action – moving around an HTML document
Sprucing up our FAQ page
Time for action – making it fancy
We're almost there!
Time for action – adding some final touches
Summary
Designer, meet plugins
Setting up some scrollable HTML
Time for action – scrollable HTML
Adding custom scrollbars
Time for action – simple custom scrollbars
Adding arrow controls
Time for action – adding up and down arrows
Customizing the Scrollbar Style
Time for action – adding our own styles
Smooth scrolling
Time for action – setting up smooth scrolling
Summary
Simple custom text tooltips
Time for action – simple text tooltips
Customizing qTip's appearance
Time for action – customizing qTips
Custom styles for tooltips
Time for action – writing custom tooltip styles
Enhancing navigation with tooltips
Time for action – building a fancy navigation bar
Showing other content in tooltips
Time for action – building custom Ajax tooltips
Summary
Horizontal drop-down menu
Time for action – creating a horizontal drop-down menu
Time for action – improving the drop-down menu with jQuery
Vertical fly-out menu
Time for action – creating a vertical fly-out menu
Customizing the navigation menu
Vendor prefixes
Time for action – customizing Superfish menus
Time for action – incorporating custom animation
The hoverIntent plugin
Time for action – adding the hoverIntent plugin
Summary
Simple asynchronous navigation
Time for action – setting up a simple website
Time for action – adding Ajax magic
Deluxe asynchronous navigation
Time for action – building deluxe asynchronous navigation
Time for action – using the BBQ plugin
Time for action – highlighting the current page in the Navigation
Time for action – adding a loading animation
Summary
Simple photo gallery
Time for action – setting up a simple photo gallery
Customizing Colorbox's behavior
Time for action – using a custom transition
Time for action – setting a fixed size
Time for action – creating a slideshow
Fancy login
Time for action – creating a fancy login form
Video player
Time for action – showing a video in a lightbox
One-page web gallery
Time for action – creating a one-page web gallery
Summary
Planning a slideshow
Simple crossfade slideshow
Time for action – creating a simple crossfade slideshow
Nivo Slider
Time for action – creating a Nivo Slider slideshow
Galleriffic slideshow
Time for action – creating a Galleriffic slideshow
The CrossSlide plugin
Time for action – building a CrossSlide slideshow
Summary
Basic jCarousel
Time for action – creating a basic carousel
Animated news ticker
Time for action – creating an animated news ticker
Featured content slider
Time for action – creating a featured content slider
Time for action – adding pagination controls
Time for action – adding next and previous buttons
Carousel slideshow
Time for action – creating a thumbnail slideshow
Time for action – adding the slideshow
Time for action – activating the Next and Previous Buttons
Summary
Basic data grid
Time for action – creating a basic data grid
Customizing the data grid
Time for action – customizing the data grid
Summary
An HTML5 web form
Time for action – setting up an HTML5 web form
Setting focus
Time for action – setting focus to the first field
Placeholder text
Time for action – adding placeholder text
Validating user entry
Time for action – validating form values on the fly
Improving appearance
Time for action – improving form appearance
Time for action – adding uniform for styling the unstylable
Time for action – styling the styleable
Time for action – creating a custom uniform theme
Summary

Authors

Natalie MacLees

Natalie MacLees is a frontend web developer and UI designer, and the founder and principal of the interactive agency Purple Pen Productions. She founded and runs the jQuery LA users' group and together with Noel Saw, she heads the Southern California WordPress  user's group, organizing WordPress meetups, help sessions, and workshops. She was the lead organizer for WordCamp Los Angeles 2013 and 2014 and organized the first annual Website Weekend LA. She's also the founder of the Los Angeles chapter of Girl Develop It, bringing affordable and accessible coding classes to the community.

She makes periodic appearances on the WPwatercooler podcast and co-hosts the WP Unicorn Project podcast with Suzette Franck. She makes her online home at nataliemac.com. Her obsession with the Web began when she bought her first computer in 1996 and promptly used it to build her first website. She spends the few moments she manages to be offline each day watching baseball, crafting, reading, baking, belly dancing, collecting Hello Kitty items, and avoiding avocados and olives at all costs.