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Learning jQuery - Fourth Edition

By : Karl Swedberg, Jonathan Chaffer
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Learning jQuery - Fourth Edition

By: Karl Swedberg, Jonathan Chaffer

Overview of this book

To build interesting, interactive sites, developers are turning to JavaScript libraries such as jQuery to automate common tasks and simplify complicated ones. Because many web developers have more experience with HTML and CSS than with JavaScript, the library's design lends itself to a quick start for designers with little programming experience. Experienced programmers will also be aided by its conceptual consistency. LearningjQuery - Fourth Edition is revised and updated version of jQuery. You will learn the basics of jQuery for adding interactions and animations to your pages. Even if previous attempts at writing JavaScript have left you baffled, this book will guide you past the pitfalls associated with AJAX, events, effects, and advanced JavaScript language features. Starting with an introduction to jQuery, you will first be shown how to write a functioning jQuery program in just three lines of code. Learn how to add impact to your actions through a set of simple visual effects and to create, copy, reassemble, and embellish content using jQuery's DOM modification methods. The book will take you through many detailed, real-world examples, and even equip you to extend the jQuery library itself with your own plug-ins.
Table of Contents (24 chapters)
Learning jQuery Fourth Edition
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Simultaneous versus queued effects

The .animate() method, as we've just discovered, is very useful for creating simultaneous effects affecting a particular set of elements. There may be times, however, when we want to queue our effects to have them occur one after the other.

Working with a single set of elements

When applying multiple effects to the same set of elements, queuing is easily achieved by chaining those effects. To demonstrate this queuing, we'll revisit Listing 4.17 by moving the Text Size box to the right-hand side, increasing its height and border width. This time, however, we perform the three effects sequentially simply by placing each in its own .animate() method and chaining the three together:

$(document).ready(function() {
  $('div.label').click(function() {
    var paraWidth = $('div.speech p').outerWidth();
    var $switcher = $(this).parent();
    var switcherWidth = $switcher.outerWidth();
      .css({position: 'relative'})
      .animate({left: paraWidth...