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jQuery Design Patterns

By : Thodoris Greasidis
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jQuery Design Patterns

By: Thodoris Greasidis

Overview of this book

jQuery is a feature-rich JavaScript library that makes HTML document traversal and manipulation, event handling, animation, and Ajax much simpler with an easy-to-use API that works across a variety of browsers. With a combination of versatility and extensibility, jQuery has changed the way that millions of people write JavaScript. jQuery solves the problems of DOM manipulation, event detection, AJAX calls, element selection and document queries, element attribute and data management, as well as object management utilities. This book addresses these problems and shows you how to make the best of jQuery through the various design patterns available. The book starts off with a refresher to jQuery and will then take you through the different design patterns such as facade, observer, publisher/subscriber, and so on. We will also go into client-side templating techniques and libraries, as well as some plugin development patterns. Finally, we will look into some best practices that you can use to make the best of jQuery.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
jQuery Design Patterns
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Chapter 10. Plugin and Widget Development Patterns

This chapter focuses on the design patterns and best practices used when implementing jQuery Plugins. We will learn here how to abstract parts of an application into separate jQuery Plugins, promoting the Separation of Concerns principle and code reusability.

We will firstly analyze the simplest ways that a jQuery Plugin can be implemented, learn the various conventions of jQuery Plugin development and the basic characteristics that every plugin should satisfy in order to follow jQuery principles. We will then proceed with an introduction to the most widely used design patterns and analyze the characteristics and benefits of each of them. By the end of this chapter, we will be able to implement extensible jQuery Plugins using the development pattern that best suits each use case.

In this chapter we will:

  • Introduce the jQuery Plugin API and its conventions

  • Analyze the characteristics that make an excellent plugin

  • Learn how to create a plugin by...