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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (9 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847199720
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847199720
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,246,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The jQuery ui is essentially a set of pre built, ready to use JavaScript widgets based (obviously) on the jQuery framework. They can be really useful straight out of the box, or as the foundation for something more complex, and they also come packaged with a decent set of CSS themes.

Like the author says, it assumes you have some jQuery experience, but I don't think you need a lot: perhaps just a decent grasp of selectors. One thing I think the official jQuery and UI documentation lacks is real-world examples, that's obviously a deliberate thing so as not to restrict your imagination, but it can make it hard to envisage any kind of practical application. I think the examples in this book are a great way to learn the limitations, and structure of the UI.

The book is separated into chapters covering the following:

* Introducing the jQuery UI
* The CSS framework
* Individual widgets
* Drag and drop
* Resizing
* Selecting
* Sorting
* UI effects

The chapters regarding the UI widgets are thorough and enormously useful, they're structured so that if your experience level is greater you can skip to the bits you'll find more useful.
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This book is intended to take you step by step through the jQuery UI library, an official suite of plugins that will take your web apps to the next level. It covers the high and low level widgets that make up the UI library, and the CSS and effects frameworks too.

The book will be easy enough for relative beginners to pick up the book (although some knowledge of HTML, CSS, and basic jQuery is required). Each chapter starts with the most basic usage example so that everyone can get up and running quickly. More options and methods are gradually introduced (with plenty of code samples along the way. Each piece of code can also be downloaded from the publisher's web site to save you having to type it!) Each chapter ends with a more advanced example which shows off an imaginative use of the library.

The book is engaging and well-written, and will serve as a great reference book after you read it through once. I would heartily recommend this title for beginner to intermediate users of jQuery UI.
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jQuery releases are outmoded by the time they go to print. Bookmark Github, Stackoverflow and Codepen instead.
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HASH(0x93c0be1c) out of 5 stars jQuery UI 1.7 - A Solid Resource With Surprising Insight 23 Nov. 2009
By Ben Nadel - Published on Amazon.com
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This weekend, I finished reading jQuery UI 1.7 [The User Interface Library For jQuery] by Dan Wellman (released by PACKT Publishing). It's a follow-up to his jQuery UI 1.6 book, which I reviewed in early 2009. With a technology that is evolving as fast as jQuery, it's important that the documentation keep up such that we may know how to best leverage the tools that we have available; Dan's latest book, jQuery UI 1.7, does just that - bringing us completely up-to-speed with all aspects of the jQuery UI library.

One thing that I was thrilled to see when reading this book was that after a brief introduction to jQuery and jQuery UI, Dan dives directly into the jQuery UI CSS framework. With the 1.7 release of jQuery UI, the library has become completely standardized in the way that the markup and CSS classes are applied to the library widgets. Not only does this make it easy to uniformly skin the widgets (via tools like ThemeRoller), it provides a good structure for anyone hoping to create their own custom user interface widgets.

Dan covered the CSS framework in chapter 2, but I was very happy to find the CSS framework being brought up as a consistent theme throughout the book; each widget-based chapter takes time to examine the programmatically-generated HTML of each widget instance as well as how the phenotype of each widget might be overridden with some simple CSS rules. Whether through the configuration options or through customized CSS, Dan really does a great job of painting a picture of flexibility; as with any library, it's important to not feel like you've locked yourself into a corner, and Dan takes great care to drive home the point that jQuery UI is empowering, not constraining.

The CSS exploration in this book was very good and it made me greedy; I wanted to see more. Particularly, I would have loved to have seen a chapter dedicated to the concept of authoring your own jQuery UI widgets. Throughout the book, Dan touches on this concept, showing us were we might use a ui-widget-header or ui-widget-content class to theme our own markup, but authoring as a topic was never really fleshed out. Of course, I have a suspicion that an exploration in authoring widgets would fill another book, not just another chapter (hint hint ;)).

Beyond the CSS framework and all that it entails (which is something that I was particular interested in), the book provides exhaustive documentation of how the UI widgets and UI behaviors work. Starting each widget with the out-of-the-box default configuration, Dan discusses what each option, callback, and event binding does and how we can leverage them to enhance the user experience. When it comes to the UI behaviors (drag, drop, resize, select, sort), which are by nature less tangible, Dan takes extra care to step through examples with increasing complexity, describing real-world scenarios in which the various behaviors might be used (ex. maze game, task list, image viewer, Google-style portal).

In addition to the focused explanation of each widget and behavior, Dan also demonstrates the high-intercompatability of the various library components. Whether it's nesting tabbed interfaces within accordions, accordion interfaces within modal windows, date pickers as modal prompts, or applying sortability behaviors to tabbed interfaces, I was very happy to see that the underlying structure of the jQuery UI library was so well thought out that nesting one widget within another causes no complications.

Overall, jQuery UI 1.7 [The User Interface Library For jQuery] is a very thorough book and definitely a solid resource for anyone looking to become familiar with the ins and outs of the library. Dan Wellman has a clear and easy-to-follow writing style and lays out his examples with increasing complexity in a way that everyone can understand. He appears to have a good grasp on the underlying CSS framework, and in fact, this is a topic on which I'd like to see him write a lot more.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93a8dd20) out of 5 stars Excellent 25 Feb. 2010
By J. Mccollum - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is intended to take you step by step through the jQuery UI library, an official suite of plugins that will take your web apps to the next level. It covers the high and low level widgets that make up the UI library, and the CSS and effects frameworks too.

The book will be easy enough for relative beginners to pick up the book (although some knowledge of HTML, CSS, and basic jQuery is required). Each chapter starts with the most basic usage example so that everyone can get up and running quickly. More options and methods are gradually introduced (with plenty of code samples along the way. Each piece of code can also be downloaded from the publisher's web site to save you having to type it!) Each chapter ends with a more advanced example which shows off an imaginative use of the library.

The book is engaging and well-written, and will serve as a great reference book after you read it through once. I would heartily recommend this title for beginner to intermediate users of jQuery UI.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93bf9abc) out of 5 stars Great for getting the basics 25 Jan. 2012
By Scott L. Petrovic - Published on Amazon.com
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I didn't finish this book, but read about 40% of it. After you read that much of it, you can pretty much see all of the patterns that jQuery UI uses and use it for any of the components. The book talks about the structure and framework of jQuery UI at the beginning, then goes on to the different components and tells you how to style and make them function. It isn't a javascript programming book, so it doesn't get too fancy with clever ways you can use the jQuery UI framework. It is a good reference book that can get you started with the API and get something up running quick.

Learning the basics of jQuery isn't that difficult if you are decent at programmer - which is great for a designer like me. If you get this book, the beginning chapters are the most useful, and the later chapters will turn into more of a reference if you decide to use a component that you haven't used. Then again, the online jQuery documentation is pretty dang good with examples and source, so you will probably end up using the jQuery website after you are somewhat comfortable with everything.
9 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93a048d0) out of 5 stars Disappointed with content, angry with downloadable code 30 Jan. 2011
By AM - Published on Amazon.com
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The content:
I was expecting a book that would tell me *how* to use jQuery UI effectively, much like "Learning JQuery" might help one learn JQuery --- reading that book made me feel "Oh, cool, I didn't realize that it is so easy to do this very useful thing with JQuery!". I was expecting insights. What I found in this book, instead, was more or less dry documentation. So now I know how to use the tabs widget --- but I saw nary a word about when to use it. Sure, I understand that this is not a book dedicated to UI design theory, but any insights about when to use the various widgets was conspicuously absent. Even if the author did not wish to go far or explicitely down that path, the very choice of examples can help. All examples here are dry. For example, all examples in the chapter on "Dialogs" use "Lorem ipsum dolor ... ". Go read online tutorials and then the docs.

Very unprofessional downloadable code:
I started downloading and unpacking the code. Not yet finished, since it has only been half an hour. Why, one wonders, can code from a 350 page book be 25 MB zipped? Here is why: There are 13 chapters, and a folder for each in the downloadable code. Each folder contains about 5 MB of unzipped code. *Each* chapter contains the full development bundle of Jscript UI containing all demos, all documentation, multiple copies of some themes, and about 10kb of actual code. I am quite angry at the un-professionalism here: what should have taken 5 minutes to find, unzip and start using is still an hour from completing unzipping (on my fast computer --- my description above was based only on the first 5 chapters being unzipped. I am not sure what horrors lurk in later chapters).
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