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jQuery UI 1.6: The User Interface Library for jQuery

Dan Wellman

Build highly interactive web applications with ready-to-use widgets of the jQuery user interface library
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847195128
Paperback440 pages

About This Book

  • Packed with examples and clear explanations to easily design elegant and powerful front-end interfaces for your web applications
  • Organize your interfaces with reusable widgets like accordions, date pickers, dialogs, sliders, tabs, and more
  • Enhance the interactivity of your pages by making elements drag and droppable, sortable, selectable, and resizable
  • No experience of jQuery UI expected, but familiarity with jQuery is required
  • Written and tested on jQuery UI 1.6 Release Candidate 2

Who This Book Is For

This book is for front-end designers and developers that need to quickly learn how to use the jQuery UI User Interface Library. To get the most out of this book you should have a good working knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and will need to be comfortable using jQuery, the underlying foundation of jQuery UI.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introducing jQuery UI
Is this book for me?
Downloading the library
Setting up a development environment
The structure of the library
Theme Roller
The simplified API
Component categories
Browser support
Book examples
Library licensing
Chapter 2: Tabs
A basic tab implementation
Tab styling
Configurable properties
Transition effects
Tab events
Using tab methods
AJAX tabs
Fun with tabs
Chapter 3: The Accordion Widget
Accordion's structure
Styling the accordion
Configuring accordion
Accordion methodology
Accordion animation
Accordion events
Fun with accordion
Chapter 4: The Dialog
A basic dialog
Custom dialog skins
Dialog properties
Working with dialog's callbacks
Using dialog animations
Controlling a dialog programmatically
Getting data from the dialog
Fun with dialog
Chapter 5: Slider
Implementing slider
Overriding the default theme
Configurable properties
Using slider's callback functions
Slider methods
Slider animation
Multiple handles
Fun with slider
Chapter 6: Date Picker
The default date picker
Skinning the date picker
Configurable properties of the picker
Fun with date picker
Chapter 7: Auto-Complete
Basic implementation
Configurable properties
Auto-complete methods
Fun with auto-complete
Chapter 8: Drag and Drop
The deal with drag and droppables
Configuring draggable properties
Draggable event callbacks
Using draggable's methods
Configuring droppables
Droppable event callbacks
Droppable methods
Fun with droppables
Chapter 9: Resizing
A basic resizable
Skinning the resizable
Resizable properties
Resizable callbacks
Resizable methods
Fun with resizable
Chapter 10: Selecting
Basic implementation
Selectee class names
Selectable callbacks
Selectable methods
Fun with selectables
Chapter 11: Sorting
Basic implementation
Configuring sortable properties
Reacting to sortable events
Connected callbacks
Sortable methods
Widget compatibility
Fun with sortable
Chapter 12: UI Effects
The core effects file
Element explosion
The puff effect

What You Will Learn


  • Organize different sections of related content as tabs and accordins and save space on your page
  • Display messages, images, and interactive content like forms using the dialog widget
  • Use sliders for volume and color control of your applications by dynamically scrolling left and right, displaying different ranges
  • Allow your site visitors to select dates from the calendar using date picker widget
  • Enrich your interface with auto complete: start typing the first few letters of a name in your address book and the application will do the rest
  • Provide a drag-and-drop mechanism to let users directly rearrange elements around the page
  • Make a range of elements of a group selectable and take collective actions on them
  • Create a page with content boxes on it that can be sorted into various positions to suit the visitors personal preference
  • Add flair to your actions with animation effects

In Detail

Modern web application user interface design requires rapid development and proven results. jQuery UI, a trusted plugin for the jQuery JavaScript library, gives you a trusted platform on which to build rich and engaging interfaces with maximum compatibility, stability, and a minimum of time and effort.

jQuery UI has a series of ready-made, great-looking  user interface widgets and a comprehensive set of core interaction helpers designed to be implemented in a consistent and developer-friendly way. With all this, the amount of code that you need to write personally to take a project from conception to completion is drastically reduced

This book has been written to maximize your experience with the library by breaking down each component and walking you through examples that progressively build upon your knowledge, taking you from beginner to advanced usage in a series of easy to follow steps.

In this book, you’ll learn how each component can be initialized in a basic default implementation and then see how easy it is to customize its appearance and configure its behaviour to tailor it to the requirements of your application. You’ll look at the properties and methods exposed by each component’s API and see how these can be used to bring out the best in each component.

Events play a key role in any modern web applications if it is to meet the expected minimum requirements of interactivity and responsiveness, and each chapter will show you the custom events fired by each component and how these events can be intercepted and acted upon.



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