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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
Credits
About the Author
About the Reviewers
Preface
Index

Summary


In this chapter, we looked at the slider widget and saw how quickly and easily it can be put on the page. It requires minimal underlying markup and just a single line of code to initialize.

We looked at the different options that we can set in order to control how the slider behaves and how it is configured once it's initialized. It can be fine-tuned to suit a range of implementations.

We also saw the rich event model that can easily be hooked into, and reacted to, with up to four separate callback functions. This allows us to execute code at important times during an interaction.

Finally, we looked at the range of methods that can be used to programmatically interact with the slider, including methods for setting the value of the handle(s), or getting and setting configuration options after initialization.

These options and methods turn the widget into a useful and highly functional interface tool that adds an excellent level of interactivity to any page.