Book Image

Learning jQuery - Fourth Edition

By : Karl Swedberg, Jonathan Chaffer
Book Image

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
About the Authors
About the Reviewers

Keeping an eye on the request

So far, it has been sufficient for us to make a call to an Ajax method and patiently await the response. At times, though, it is handy to know a bit more about the HTTP request as it progresses. If such a need arises, jQuery offers a suite of functions that can be used to register callbacks when various Ajax-related events occur.

The .ajaxStart() and .ajaxStop() methods are two examples of these observer functions. When an Ajax call begins with no other transfer in progress, the .ajaxStart() callback is fired. Conversely, when the last active request ends, the callback attached with .ajaxStop() will be executed. All of the observers are global, in that they are called when any Ajax communication occurs, regardless of what code initiates it. And all of them, like the .ready() method, can only be bound to $(document).

We can use these methods to provide some feedback to the user in the case of a slow network connection. The HTML for the page can have a suitable...