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jQuery UI Cookbook

By : Adam Boduch
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jQuery UI Cookbook

By: Adam Boduch

Overview of this book

jQuery UI is the quintessential framework for creating professional user interfaces. While jQuery core lays the foundation for interaction with the DOM and handling events, jQuery UI fills in the user interaction gap. This book will give you a huge productivity boost out of the box with jQuery UI, and help you understand the framework, inside and out."jQuery UI Cookbook" provides you with practical recipes featuring in-depth coverage of every widget in the framework, including how to address limitations that impact your everyday development activities with these widgets. You'll get a better idea of the big picture – how the framework is composed, how the widgets relate to one another, and how to build on those patterns.Be it a minor tweak on the visual design of a progress bar or a fundamental change in a widget to meet your needs, "jQuery UI Cookbook" covers scenarios both big and small. You can show reminders as tooltips, apply a variety of effects to the menu widget, and start interactions between the dialog widget and API data using deferred objects. These and many more interesting tasks are covered in this book, which can be done with smooth learning and great understanding. You will see how button widgets can fill the width of their containing element, making the layout more consistent. Tabs can be sorted and moved between widgets. You will learn how to do all these things within the context of the big picture, by finding out why the components work the way they do, making you well-versed in jQuery UI.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
jQuery UI Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Building a custom widget from scratch

The most powerful aspect of jQuery UI isn't the prebuilt widgets that ship with it, but rather, the machinery used to build those widgets. Each widget shares a common infrastructure called the widget factory, and this is exposed to developers using the framework. The widget factory provides a means for developers to define their own widgets. We've already glimpsed the widget factory in action throughout this book. We've been using it to extend the capabilities of any given widget. The focus of this section takes on a different perspective of the widget factory. That is, how can we use it to build our own widgets from the ground up?

Well, we don't want to start with nothing, as that would defeat the whole purpose of the widget factory. Instead, the aim when building any widget is to utilize the generic capabilities that the base widget class makes available. In addition, there are some basic design principles that developers should try to stick with when...