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  • 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

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.

  • 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
Page Count 440
Course Length 13 hours 12 minutes
ISBN 9781847195128
Date Of Publication 3 Feb 2009


Dan Wellman

Dan Wellman is an author and frontend engineer living on the South Coast of the UK and working in London. By day he works for Skype and has a blast writing application-grade JavaScript. By night he writes books and tutorials focused mainly on frontend web development. He is also a staff writer for the Tuts+ arm of the Envato network, and occasionally writes for .Net magazine. He's the proud father of four amazing children, and the grateful husband of a wonderful wife.