jQuery for Designers

Now in its second edition! A gentle introduction to JavaScript and jQuery for non-coders.

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Steps you through each task and provides helpful information to take the anxiety out of learning to code.

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Clear and concise, design-centric tutorials teach you jQuery without getting bogged down in jargon.

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jQuery for Designers is a gentle and approachable introduction to learning to create interactive page elements with jQuery.

Praise for the First Edition

This book has successfully taken the confusion and mystery out of what jQuery is all about and helped me to finally get a handle on javascript/jQuery.

“jQuery for Designers: Beginner’s Guide” is…just what the doctor ordered. I have been wanting to get a better understanding of jQuery and was a bit intimidated by its power. I was somewhat familiar with JavaScript after taking a class but I felt I had only scratched the surface with regard to it’s implementation.

…jQuery for Designers is a friendly, plainspoken tutorial on how to use some simple jQuery plugins – in short, little code-laden gadgets programmed by someone else and available for free – in a web page, and how to customize them to your liking. A great book for freelance web designers who are asked to take care of the programming as well as the graphics, even if you hate coding as much as I do. Keep this book by your side and you’ll be able to design slide shows, photo galleries, dropdown menus, navigation tags, you name it. All very easy to follow and non-scary. A worthwhile investment!

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Episode 13: Animating Color

  • Posted On: 11 Nov 2014
  • Animating Color

    If you want to easily create animations in jQuery, you can use the animate() method to animate any numerical CSS property - font-size, width, padding, margin, left, top, etc. However, even though colors in CSS are technically numerical, the jQuery animate() method won't animate colors. The jQuery team released the jQuery Color plugin which adds support for color animation, but with CSS3 and the transition property, we don't even need the plugin to create color animations. We can use jQuery in combination with CSS for animating color without using the Color plugin. We get started by creating a simple grayscale style for a <div>. Then we add a hover style to the <div> to show how we can use CSS to change the color scheme of our <div> on hover using just CSS. It's okay, but it's just a sudden color change. So we take a look at how we can use the CSS transition property to create an animation for that color change. All we have to do is add the transition property to the grayscale styling for our <div>. We specify which property or properties we want to add an animated transition to, then we say how long the animation should take to complete. You can get even more specific about your transition, so check out this article for more information on what you can do. CSS alone works great as long as we only want the animation to happen when we're hovering, but if we want to animate the color change on click, we have to step into using a bit of jQuery. We can use a CSS class in combination with a click event handling function to animate the color change when we click. All we have to do is use jQuery's addClass method to add the class. And if we want to toggle the class on and off, we can just use jQuery's toggleClass method instead. We take a look at how we can use different color schemes for each individual <div> so that each changes to a different color when clicked. CSS3 makes some pretty amazing things possible without even using JavaScript, but when we can use CSS3 in combination with JavaScript, we have the power to do some pretty awesome stuff with just a teeny bit of code.

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