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jQuery UI in Action

EARLY ACCESS EDITION

TJ VanToll

MEAP Began: November 2013
Softbound print: September 2014 (est.) | 375 pages
ISBN: 9781617291937

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TABLE OF CONTENTS, MEAP CHAPTERS & RESOURCES

Table of Contents         Resources 
PART 1: MEET JQUERY UI
  1. Introducing jQuery UI - FREE
  2. Enhancing User Interfaces with Widgets - AVAILABLE

PART 2: JQUERY UI CORE
  3. Building Complex Web Forms with jQuery UI - AVAILABLE
  4. Enhancing Interfaces with Layout & Utility Widgets - AVAILABLE
  5. Adding Interaction to Your Interfaces - AVAILABLE
  6. Creating Rich Animations with Effects - AVAILABLE
  7. Theming and Styling Applications with jQuery UI - AVAILABLE

Part 3: CUSTOMIZATION AND ADVANCED USAGE
  8. Using the Widget Factory to Build Stateful Plugins - AVAILABLE
  9. Extending Widgets with the Widget Factory - AVAILABLE
10. Preparing Your Application for Production - AVAILABLE
11. Building a Flight Search Application - AVAILABLE
12. Under the Hood of jQuery UI - AVAILABLE

Appendixes:
  A Learning jQuery
  B How jQuery UI Tests jQuery UI
  C Using jQuery UI With Backbone
  D Creating Decimal, Currency, and Time Pickers With Globalize
  E Contributing to jQuery UI
  F Polyfilling HTML5 with jQuery UI

DESCRIPTION

Building a consistent, high-quality web user interface can be time consuming and technically challenging. jQuery UI radically simplifies the process by providing a robust set of widgets, interactions, effects, and themes that you can use immediately. This library includes all the key UI elements such as datepickers and tooltips, interactions like drag and drop, effects such as fading in and out, and themes. And, jQuery UI's powerful widget factory makes it a snap to customize existing components to match the look, feel, and function of your app.

jQuery UI in Action is a practical guide to using and customizing jQuery UI library components to build rich, user-friendly web applications. By working through numerous engaging examples, you'll move quickly from placing a datepicker on the page to building a complete user interface that includes features like a contact form and shopping cart. You'll master jQuery UI's five main interactions—draggable, droppable, resizable, selectable, and sortable—and learn UI techniques that work across all devices. At the core of the book is a comprehensive guide to the jQuery UI widget factory, a battle tested solution for creating stateful jQuery plugins. By learning the widget factory inside and out, you'll gain the ability to build custom widgets that can be used across sites or applications. Along the way, you'll discover jQuery UI's CSS framework and theming system to create custom, cohesive themes for sites and applications.

WHAT'S INSIDE

If you're already using jQuery, you're only a <script> tag away from unlocking the full suite of functionality that jQuery UI provides. Written with front end developers and web designers in mind, readers need only a basic understanding of the jQuery library.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

TJ VanToll is a Web Developer with seven years of experience developing large web applications. He is a member of the jQuery UI core team and has contributed to many open source projects.

ABOUT THE EARLY ACCESS VERSION

This Early Access version of jQuery UI in Action enables you to receive new chapters as they are being written. You can also interact with the authors to ask questions, provide feedback and errata, and help shape the final manuscript on the Author Online forum.

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