jQuery for Designers: Beginners Guide, 2nd Edition

jQuery for Designers: Beginners Guide, 2nd Edition

AUTHOR: Natalie MacLees

PUBLISHER: Packt

PAGES: 367

ISBN-10: 1783284536; ISBN-13: 978-1783284535

Design interactive websites to improve user experience by using the popular JavaScript library

About This Book
* Enhance the user experience of your site by adding useful jQuery features– provide easy navigation, communicate updates and changes, and allow site visitors to interact with content
* Learn the modular approach to jQuery, including the addition of plug-ins to achieve advanced effects without writing much code at all
* A step-by-step approach to beginning jQuery, including the creation of rapid, powerful, dynamic web pages and web applications

Who This Book Is For
If you know the fundamentals of HTML and CSS, and want to extend your knowledge by learning to use JavaScript, then this is just the book for you. jQuery makes JavaScript straightforward and approachable– you'll be surprised at how easy it can be to add animations and special effects to your beautifully designed pages.

What You Will Learn
* Download and include the jQuery library on your website
* Make tabbed interfaces and custom tooltips
* Construct an accordion to improve an FAQ page
* Build an interactive, animated drop-down menu
* Show images, videos, and other content in lightboxes
* Create slideshows, sliders, and carousels
* Improve responsive designs and topography
* React to users scrolling down your page
* Improve forms to make them more beautiful and more usable

In Detail
This book offers approachable and beginner-friendly lessons for designers with little or no background in JavaScript. It helps unmask the popular JavaScript library by simplifying how to create dynamic website features such as animated slideshows, parallax scrolling effects, responsive design, and more!

Starting with an introduction to the jQuery library, and a brief description of JavaScript, you will then work through a few simple tasks before diving into using plugins to quickly and simply add complex effects with just a few lines of code. You'll learn how to build an animated drop-down menu, how to show content in lightboxes, and how to create an assortment of slideshows and sliders. Create impressive effects on your web pages with just a few lines of code.

About the Author
Natalie MacLees is a frontend web developer and UI designer, and the founder and principal of the interactive agency Purple Pen Productions. She founded and runs the jQuery LA users' group and together with Noel Saw, she heads the Southern California WordPress user's group, organizing WordPress meetups, help sessions, and workshops. She was the lead organizer for WordCamp Los Angeles 2013 and 2014 and organized the first annual Website Weekend LA. She's also the founder of the Los Angeles chapter of Girl Develop It, bringing affordable and accessible coding classes to the community. She makes periodic appearances on the WPwatercooler podcast and co-hosts the WP Unicorn Project podcast with Suzette Franck. She makes her online home at nataliemac.com. Her obsession with the Web began when she bought her first computer in 1996 and promptly used it to build her first website. She spends the few moments she manages to be offline each day watching baseball, crafting, reading, baking, belly dancing, collecting Hello Kitty items, and avoiding avocados and olives at all costs.

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