jQuery for Web Designers
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Alternatives to jQuery


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jQuery for Web Designers

with Joe Chellman

Video: Alternatives to jQuery

jQuery is hardly the only kid in town, so let's take a look at a few alternatives that you might also consider. Zepto is a sort of direct competitor of jQuery. It's a smaller library that has cut support for older versions of Internet Explorer entirely. If you're working with say, Zurb Foundation, the prototyping toolkit, it's compatible with either jQuery or Zepto, so you could look at if you're working with the foundation. Mootools is a similar library that seeks to accomplish a lot of the same goals as jQuery, but is also a little smaller, it's not nearly as popular, but you can take a look at it.
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  1. 2m 17s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. What you should know
      37s
    3. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 11m 59s
    1. jQuery is a JavaScript library?
      1m 15s
    2. When to use jQuery
      2m 51s
    3. Alternatives to jQuery
      1m 24s
    4. Which version of jQuery to use
      1m 50s
    5. How to install jQuery
      3m 21s
    6. Reference materials
      1m 18s
  3. 19m 19s
    1. Getting ready
      2m 26s
    2. Selecting elements to use
      3m 54s
    3. Performing multiple operations on the same line with chaining
      2m 30s
    4. Using classes to find what you're looking for
      3m 52s
    5. Adding, modifying, and removing content dynamically
      4m 3s
    6. Challenge: Form feedback
      1m 12s
    7. Solution: Form feedback
      1m 22s
  4. 18m 28s
    1. Triggering a change based on activity with event binding
      4m 37s
    2. Reading and changing values
      4m 17s
    3. Working with HTML attributes
      4m 55s
    4. Challenge: Dynamic contact form
      1m 27s
    5. Solution: Dynamic contact form
      3m 12s
  5. 16m 42s
    1. Using the Colorbox plugin to build a slideshow gallery
      4m 22s
    2. Implementing Colorbox on your site
      2m 46s
    3. Changing Colorbox options
      5m 53s
    4. Challenge: Convert to a slideshow
      1m 6s
    5. Solution: Convert to a slideshow
      2m 35s
  6. 28m 37s
    1. Using jQuery or CSS to animate elements
      2m 24s
    2. Creating simple jQuery animations
      4m 35s
    3. Animating numeric properties with animate()
      4m 56s
    4. Understanding animation easing
      4m 4s
    5. Putting it together: Flowers in the cart
      6m 4s
    6. Callbacks: What to do when the animation ends
      3m 27s
    7. Challenge: Improve the animation
      1m 3s
    8. Solution: Improve the animation
      2m 4s
  7. 4m 45s
    1. More fun plugins
      2m 38s
    2. What's next: More jQuery
      50s
    3. What's next: More JavaScript
      1m 17s

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1h 42m Intermediate Oct 31, 2013

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Take the next step in your web design career with jQuery, which amplifies JavaScript's power and puts a library of prebuilt functions and a diverse selection of plugins at web designers' fingertips. This course explains what jQuery is, how to install it, and use it to script more interesting, interactive websites. Author Joe Chellman will show you how to use jQuery to add web form usability, audio and video, animation, and other features like slideshow galleries to your existing HTML and CSS-based webpages.

Check out JavaScript for Web Designers for more detailed instruction on JavaScript.

Topics include:
  • What is jQuery?
  • Installing jQuery
  • Performing multiple operations with chaining
  • Using classes
  • Adding, modifying, and removing content dynamically
  • Triggering a change with event binding
  • Creating a dynamic contact form
  • Building a slideshow gallery
  • Creating simple jQuery animations
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Software:
jQuery
Author:
Joe Chellman

Alternatives to jQuery

jQuery is hardly the only kid in town, so let's take a look at a few alternatives that you might also consider. Zepto is a sort of direct competitor of jQuery. It's a smaller library that has cut support for older versions of Internet Explorer entirely. If you're working with say, Zurb Foundation, the prototyping toolkit, it's compatible with either jQuery or Zepto, so you could look at if you're working with the foundation. Mootools is a similar library that seeks to accomplish a lot of the same goals as jQuery, but is also a little smaller, it's not nearly as popular, but you can take a look at it.

The next two I'm going to put together, YUI and Ext JS, these are both JavaScript libraries that also include a lot of user interface widgets, so you can take a look at those if you're building web applications or the like. And then these next two I'm going to group together as well, Chibi and pretty much everything on microjs.com. Chibi is a very small library, I think it might be about 10% of the size of jQuery, but for some of the major functionality it covers a lot of the same ground. You can find that on GitHub. It's also found on microjs.com, which is a collection of a bunch of JavaScript micro frameworks that cover very small, very targeted use cases.

So if you're looking for help in some aspect of writing JavaScript, take a look at microjs.com, and see if there's something that will directly target the kind of thing you're trying to accomplish, and maybe you'll find something that will solve it in a much smaller code footprint than jQuery. So there's a few alternatives you can look at.

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