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By Cynthia Scott | Sunday, August 14, 2011

jQuery projects courses now cover two coding environments

In March, we started publishing a new series of video tutorials called jQuery Projects that takes members through the creation of a specific project, such as an interactive photo gallery. When author Chris Converse wrote HTML and jQuery code in his examples, he used Dreamweaver.

Shortly after the first course was published, we started receiving comments from members saying they were not Dreamweaver users—and while they could still follow along with Chris, they wished he had used a straight coding environment instead.

To figure out what members wanted for future courses, we polled members who had written to us to find out whether we should continue to use Dreamweaver as the editor, or switch to using Aptana Studio (note: we proposed an Eclipse-based code editor such as Aptana Studio because it’s free and available for multiple platforms).

It turns out that the respondents were split right down the middle. So now, we are trying out something new: giving you two versions of each project to choose from; one using Dreamweaver, and one using Aptana Studio. Here’s are samples from one of our courses.

Using Dreamweaver: Create an Interactive Video Gallery with jQuery and Dreamweaver

Using Apatana Studio: Create an Interactive Video Gallery with jQuery 

Check out the series so far:

Create an Interactive Video Gallery with jQuery Create an Interactive Video Gallery with jQuery and DreamweaverSet a Marquee to Autoplay with jQuerySet a Marquee to Autoplay with jQuery and DreamweaverCreate an Interactive Map with jQuery and DreamweaverCreate an Interactive Photo Gallery with jQuery and DreamweaverCreate an Interactive Homepage Marquee with jQuery and Dreamweaver

With more projects coming your way soon, including

Create Animated RolloversCreate an Animated Bar Chart

Have other projects you wish Chris would teach in the series? Leave us a comment on this post.

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