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  • Posted February 24, 2012


    Are you a front-end web designer looking to add a dash of cool interactivity to your sites? If you are, then this book is for you! Authors Earle Castledine and Craig Sharkie, have done an outstanding job of writing a second edition of a book that will show you how to take your static HTML and CSS web pages and bring them to life with a bit of jQuery magic. Authors Castledine and Sharkie, begin by taking a brief look at why you’d want to use jQuery in the first place. Next, the authors show you how to use jQuery’s selectors to zero in on your target elements, and then they look at how you can use jQuery to alter those elements’ CSS properties. Next, they explore jQuery’s wide range of animation helpers, and put them into practice by enhancing a few simple user interface components. Then, the authors show you how to build lightbox displays, scrolling thumbnail galleries and cross-fading galleries, and even take a stab at an iPhoto-style flip-book. They continue by diving into some slightly more sophisticated controls: drop-down and accordion-style menus, tabbed interfaces, tooltips, and various types of content panels. Next, the authors take a look at some best practices for organizing Ajax. Then, they show you what jQuery has to offer you in terms of simplifying their form-related scripting. In addition, the authors show you how jQuery can make even the boring stuff fun; as well as, learning how to transform lists into dynamic, sortable data, and tables into data grids with sophisticated functionality. Finally, the authors cover the jQuery UI theme system, which lets you easily tailor the appearance of jQuery UI widgets to suit your site, and even make your own plugins skinnable with themes. This most excellent book shows you how to select elements on the page, move them around, remove them entirely, add new ones with Ajax and animate them. More importantly, this book will allow you to bend HTML and CSS to your will.

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