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jQuery UI 1.8: The User Interface Library for jQuery [Kindle Edition]

Dan Wellman
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An example-based approach leads you step-by-step through the implementation and customization of each library component and its associated resources. Reference tables of each configuration option, method, and event for each component are provided, alongside detailed explanations of how each widget is used. This book is for front-end designers and developers who need to quickly learn how to use jQuery UI. To get the most out of this book you should have a good working knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and should ideally be comfortable using jQuery.

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. This is his fourth book.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6917 KB
  • Print Length: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (23 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JCCI72
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #321,881 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dan Wellman is a web developer and author based in the UK. By day he works at Skype in London, writing application-grade JavaScript. By night he writes books and tutorials on a range of web development subjects, mostly centered around jQuery.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for learning jQuery UI 3 Nov 2011
By C. Lung
Format:Paperback
I just finished reading the eBook version of "jQuery UI 1.8: The User Interface Library for jQuery". I do a fair amount of work with jQuery on pa daily basis so I read this book with a pretty good understanding already of how jQuery in general works as well as how to work with jQuery UI. With that said, I learned a lot more from this book than I was expecting. This book has helped me become a better developer with much more knowledge now of jQuery UI than I had before.

The books starts off with a good introduction and how to get up and running with jQuery and jQuery UI for those that are new. The structure of the library is explained as well as what the theme roller is, etc. The basics of how to use the library are covered like events and callbacks which set you up the for the rest of the book's contents.

The second chapter delves into the guts of how jQuery UI works and honestly it is very detailed and will get you up to speed pretty fast. The core css functionality is explained as well as common questions like: what is a widget, creating widgets, as well as how to style them, etc. You learn invaluable things like how to quickly switch themes or overriding a particular theme.

The remainder of the book deals with the actual jQuery UI widgets and how to use them, each one is complete with example code and good screenshots to get a visual idea of what to expect from the widget. The book ends off with UI effects which of course can give your web apps the "kick" they need to get some good visual appeal. For me the chapter on the Datepicker widget was a great help and gave some good information on how to properly hook it up and what additional features could be used.

I don't often give a five star rating on Amazon for any book, this book however deserves it in my opinion. The book is as rock solid as it gets and the information packed into 14 chapters (about 400 pages) makes for a good learning experience as well as a good reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars jQuery UI 1.8 from a beginners perspective 27 Dec 2011
Format:Paperback
Whilst I don't do a huge amount of web development I still try to keep up to date with the latest tech and one which keeps cropping up is jQuery, especially its use for improving the user interface on both full websites and mobile web.

The jQuery UI 1.8 book by Dan Wellman gives an excellent introduction to anyone needing to quickly get to grips with jQuery UI. Like many software development books it is well structured with clear code examples and highlighted warnings, notes, tips and tricks.

The first chapter begins with an introduction into jQuery and jQuery UI with a brief look at the background of the libraries before going into a step by step guide on how to download and install. The first chapter gives you everything you need to get started with developing using jQuery UI. It is well presented with clear illustrations and explanations of how the library is structured.

The book then goes on to give a detailed guide on how to use the framework including CSS, Widgets, and just about everything you would need to know about jQuery UI. It is all explained with step by step guides and clear code examples. After each example there is normally an image showing what the resulting output should look like. Perfect to help you make sure you are on the right track.

Each chapters from 3 onwards covers in detail a different component or widget from the framework. So this gives you the option of either following the book all the way through, or using it as a reference to lookup how to achieve something with one of these particular features of the framework.

Overall this is an excellent book which is beneficial for both beginners of jQuery or those looking for a deeper understanding of what it can offer.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for learning jQuery UI 29 Sep 2011
By C. Lung - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I just finished reading the eBook version of "jQuery UI 1.8: The User Interface Library for jQuery". I do a fair amount of work with jQuery on pa daily basis so I read this book with a pretty good understanding already of how jQuery in general works as well as how to work with jQuery UI. With that said, I learned a lot more from this book than I was expecting. This book has helped me become a better developer with much more knowledge now of jQuery UI than I had before.

The books starts off with a good introduction and how to get up and running with jQuery and jQuery UI for those that are new. The structure of the library is explained as well as what the theme roller is, etc. The basics of how to use the library are covered like events and callbacks which set you up the for the rest of the book's contents.

The second chapter delves into the guts of how jQuery UI works and honestly it is very detailed and will get you up to speed pretty fast. The core css functionality is explained as well as common questions like: what is a widget, creating widgets, as well as how to style them, etc. You learn invaluable things like how to quickly switch themes or overriding a particular theme.

The remainder of the book deals with the actual jQuery UI widgets and how to use them, each one is complete with example code and good screenshots to get a visual idea of what to expect from the widget. The book ends off with UI effects which of course can give your web apps the "kick" they need to get some good visual appeal. For me the chapter on the Datepicker widget was a great help and gave some good information on how to properly hook it up and what additional features could be used.

I don't often give a five star rating on Amazon for any book, this book however deserves it in my opinion. The book is as rock solid as it gets and the information packed into 14 chapters (about 400 pages) makes for a good learning experience as well as a good reference.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bug ridden 24 Oct 2012
By nicklong98 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book was helpful in getting me up to speed with the jQuery UI library. I had a couple of problems with it though. After about chapter 6, I started noticing quite a few bugs in the sample code contained in the book. One quick example:

var progress = $("#myProgressbar");
$("<span >", {
//some css here
}).appendTo(""progress);

If you copy the code as-is, it won't work because (""progress) is not legal in this instance (if it ever is). If you change the above snippet to read

var progress = $("#myProgressbar");
$("<span >", {
//some css here
}).appendTo(progress);

then it will work as expected. These little annoyances are all over the place and can make reading this book very frustrating.

One other complaint I had was it lists all the CSS in the book. This really isn't necessary as the book is about the jQuery UI library and not about CSS and I feel like the CSS was thrown in there as filler content and distracts from the purpose of the examples. Especially since the full code for the book is available for download from the publishers site.

That said, I would not recommend this book. I feel that what you learn from it could just as easily be learned with the examples and documentation on the jQuery UI site.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid foundation & overview of jQuery UI 22 Nov 2011
By Michael B Hostetler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm familiar with several of the jQuery books available and was pleasently surprised with the eBook version of "jQuery UI 1.8: The User Interface Library for jQuery". It's a rock solid introduction to the jQuery UI library and provides a comprehensive overview of its features.

Beyond just describing each of the widgets, this book dives into the foundations for how the widgets are built. This empowers the reader to build their own widgets in the jQuery UI style, which is a common use case.

I'll be adding this book to my list that I recommend to people who use jQuery daily, or are just getting started with it.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For jQuery users who want to take their apps up a notch 9 Nov 2011
By Brian Ghidinelli - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I use jQuery on a regular basis as part of my web business and we use it to provide a lot of functionality for our site. Many moons ago I tried using the first pre-release versions of jQuery UI and it was buggy, incomplete and unstable which drove us to use Ext JS. To revisit the framework through this robust book has us filling whiteboard after whiteboard with how we're going to improve the user experience of our application with the UI controls. The book did an excellent job of guiding me from the big picture down to the nitty gritty details of how to use the individual widgets. I particularly liked the pragmatic examples which are relevant to real-world use cases and easy to digest.

They used to say about jQuery something like "it makes writing Javascript fun". This book makes getting up to speed with jQuery UI fun and there aren't many books you can say that about. There's no doubt our app will be improved using what we've learned.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 5 May 2013
By Will - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a good beginner's book covering JQuery UI. The examples are useful and the author writes in an easy-to-read fashion. You could get the same info online but it's more helpful when the information is presented as it is in this book - as to teach, not just technical documentation of the API.
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