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jQuery UI 1.7: The User Interface Library for jQuery

By : jQuery Foundation, Dan Wellman
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jQuery UI 1.7: The User Interface Library for jQuery

By: jQuery Foundation, Dan Wellman

Overview of this book

Modern web application user interface design requires rapid development and proven results. jQuery UI, a trusted suite of official plug-ins for the jQuery JavaScript library, gives you a solid platform on which to build rich and engaging interfaces with maximum compatibility and stability, and minimum 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. Specially revised for version 1.7 of jQuery UI, 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 behavior to tailor it to the requirements of your application. You'll look at the configuration options and the methods exposed by each component's API to see how these can be used to bring out the best of the library. Events play a key role in any modern web application if it is to meet the expected minimum requirements of interactivity and responsiveness, and each chapter will show you the custom events fired by the component covered and how these events can be intercepted and acted upon.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
jQuery UI 1.7
About the Author
About the Reviewers


We've finished our tour of the interaction components of the library by looking at the sortables component. Like the other modules that we looked at before, it has a wide range of properties and methods that allow us to configure and control its behavior and appearance in both simple and more complex implementations.

We started off the chapter with a look at a simple, default implementation with no configuration to see the most basic level of functionality added by the component. We looked at some of the different elements that can be made sortable and added some basic styling to the page.

Following this, we looked at the range of configurable options that are exposed by the sortable API. The list is extensive and provides a wide range of functionality that can be enabled or disabled with ease.

We moved on to look at the extensive event model used by this component that gives us the ability to react to different events as they occur in any sort operation initiated by the visitor.