You’ll see how you can leverage the jQuery UI library to make graphically driven UI widgets. jQuery gives you the ability to break content up among multiple tabs in the same page. You have the ability to customize the look and feel of the tabs, and even to create a polished look and feel by providing different effects that come in when you mouse over tabs and click on them. Some of the UI elements and techniques include:
- make any element draggable with the mouse
- drag-and-drop user interfaces
- lists that are sortable via drag-and-drop
- re-size elements on a page using the mouse
- custom pop-up dialogues that are like virtual pop-up windows
- a graphical slider bar, similar to your media player’s volume control
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I picked up this book because I wanted to learn JQuery. I didn't read it until I actually needed to (I got a project that required it). I was able to read through the book in about a day which was nice. It was an easy read and easy to understand for the most part. There were some sections that I had to reread over again because it just didn't click, but following the examples helped. Overall, this book feels like a well organized, nicely done web tutorial. The author covers the basics and quickly gets you into the swing of things. Later on, you get into plug-ins and doing some advanced tasks such as animations, drag & drop, etc. You should be able to accomplish any project after reading this book. I keep this book on my desk to use as a reference, it's easier than google. The book is quite heavy for its size. This is due to the thick, glossy, full color pages. I could have done without the color and thick pages, but it was very nice to have when looking at HTML. There were a lot of redundant pieces of code that could have been left out as well, but I suppose the book would have been much skinnier. The book also uses JQuery v 1.2.4, when I started, 1.3.6 was out. I did not have any trouble.
This book has a lot of examples of using jQuery. About 1/4 of the book is an appendix full of jQuery API Documentation.