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jQuery UI Cookbook

By : Adam Boduch
Book Image

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 an observer widget

The typical approach to dealing with events triggered by jQuery UI widgets is to bind an event handler to that event name, passed directly into the constructor. It's the typical approach because it's easy to do, and it generally solves a specific problem we're having. For example, suppose that when a section of our accordion widget is expanded, we would like to update another DOM element. To do this, assign an event handler function to the activate event when the accordion is constructed.

This approach works well for small, single purpose jobs that apply to a single instance of a given widget. However, most meaningful applications have many widgets, all triggering their own events. The widget factory prefixes each event with the name of the widget, which generally means that even outside of the widget context we know what we're working with. This is especially helpful when we want to bind event handlers to widget events, long after the widget has been created.