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Product Details

  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (February 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847195121
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847195128
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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From the Publisher

Who this book is written for?

This book is for front-end designers and developers that need to quickly learn how to use the jQuery UI User Interface Library. To get the most out of this book you should have a good working knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and will need to be comfortable using jQuery, the underlying foundation of jQuery UI.

What you will learn from this book?

  • Organize different sections of related content as tabs and accordins and save space on your page
  • Display messages, images, and interactive content like forms using the dialog widget
  • Use sliders for volume and color control of your applications by dynamically scrolling left and right, displaying different ranges
  • Allow your site visitors to select dates from the calendar using date picker widget
  • Enrich your interface with auto complete: start typing the first few letters of a name in your address book and the application will do the rest
  • Provide a drag-and-drop mechanism to let users directly rearrange elements around the page
  • Make a range of elements of a group selectable and take collective actions on them
  • Create a page with content boxes on it that can be sorted into various positions to suit the visitors personal preference
  • Add flair to your actions with animation effects

About the Author

Dan Wellman lives with his wife and three children in his home town of Southampton on the south coast of England. By day his mild-mannered alter-ego works for a small yet accomplished e-commerce production agency. By night he battles the forces of darkness and fights for truth, justice, and less intrusive JavaScript. He has been writing computer-related articles, tutorials, and reviews for around five years and is rarely very far from a keyboard of some description.

More About the Author

Dan Wellman is a web developer and author based in the UK. By day he works for a small, boutique agency that delivers unique solutions to a range of clients from local small businesses to national coporations. By night he writes books and tutorials on a range of subjects, mostly centered around web development and jQuery.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Cody Lindley on March 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
First and foremost, I would like to mention that this book review and the opinions contained within it reflect my own personal thoughts. While I might contribute and participate on the jQuery & jQuery UI open source project, my intent here is to speak as an individual representing my opinions as an individual.

The author Dan Wellman, of the jQuery UI 1.6: The User Interface Library for jQuery book from Packt Publishing should be applauded for bringing the first jQuery UI book to completion. You will learn a lot from this well written book about the general usage and implementation of the UI widgets, interactions, and effects. However, the book suffers from an unavoidable downfall: its content is already deprecated. And with technical books timeliness matters.

The books downfall is that it does not cover the most recent advancements and significant changes made in the evolution of the jQuery UI project. The book's focus is clearly based on versions 1.5.3 to 1.6rc2 of jQuery UI (using jQuery 1.2.6). This needs to be mentioned because the release of this book is unfortunately close to the release of version 1.7 of the library. This new release is a significant update.

Specifically, the book differs from the new 1.7 release in the following ways:

- In 1.7 each plugin has been significantly re-factored and optimized from its previous condition.

- As of 1.6rc3, the CSS framework has evolved from the previous system mentioned/used in the book to a new and improved system. All plugins have been significantly updated/modified to use this new framework.

- ThemeRoller (v2.0) has been updated and uses the revamped CSS framework. The book for the most unfortunately ignores this invaluable feature of the Library.

- jQuery UI 1.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ben Nadel on March 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
Last night, I finished reading jQuery UI 1.6 by Dan Wellman (published by PACKT Publishing). Released in January 2009, it's slightly behind the times - jQuery UI 1.7 just came out a few weeks ago. But, even if it's not completely up to date, it is still a great book that covers the fundamentals of the jQuery UI library, all the existing widgets, and even touches on the CSS widget framework (something that was really fleshed out in v1.7).

I have never used any of the jQuery UI widgets before, so this is a topic that I was excited to explore. I've been looking for a good UI framework that I could build into and extend within my applications. I know that jQuery is the only Javascript framework that I want to work with, and after reading jQuery UI 1.6, I believe that the jQuery UI library is something that will add tremendous value to my software.

jQuery UI 1.6 is the perfect mix of reference manual and real-world tutorial. It covers every aspect of the jQuery UI behaviors, utility classes, and widgets in a systematic way; but, it keeps it interesting by iteratively applying new ideas to easy-to-follow examples. It does a great job of getting you familiar with all the configuration options, methods, and events, and really gets you to start thinking about where you might apply such aspects in your own programming.

One of the most impressive things about the jQuery Javascript Framework in general is the large amount of functionality that you get with just a little bit of code. The jQuery UI library takes this concept and almost makes a caricature of it; with just a constructor call and some simple settings, the jQuery UI library provides extremely rich, highly interactive features to your software.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edward Tanguay on May 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is ideal for for reading while you are not in front of a computer, e.g. while commuting, as much of the code is listed, property controls are usually listed out in full for you to read, and code that is added in the examples is in bold, so that you can get an idea what is possible with jQuery UI without trying every example out. Reading the book through gives you a good idea of the extent of jQuery UI and how much time it would save you in a real project.

However, when I sat down with the book to try out the examples I found it missing the "get up and started" section and seems to assume I had already been using jQuery UI. Chapter 1 devotes only a couple paragraphs and a picture talking about downloading and setting up a "programming environment" (which was nothing more than "copy the files to c:\jqueryui"). I found I had to spend my own time at [...] figuring out which of the components to download for what, which theme to use, which version to use and what it all meant in terms of using jQuery UI in a project. I want an author of a book to have done all this homework and then show me the "paths of least resistance" so I can get the technology up and running for me as quickly and easily as possible. In the end I created my own "how to" for others to get jQuery UI up and running which complements this book well: [...]

So I would say that if you need to read a book about jQuery UI while commuting or sitting beside the pool on vacation, this book is perfect, and it is the first of its kind. Otherwise if you just need to get up to speed on jQuery UI and get a couple of examples running so you know how it works, go to [...] unzip, locate the demos directory and spend a weekend tweeting the examples: you'll be a quasi jQuery UI expert on Monday. Then, put this book in your backpack and read through it during commute time to get ideas on how to tweak the various jQuery UI controls.
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