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More fun plugins

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I've mentioned several times the huge ecosystem of plugins available for jQuery and in this movie we are going to go over a few options for where you can find some others and call that a few specific examples. So here at plugins.jquery.com you will find the official plugin repository. There are a lot of plugins here and of course you can search for plugins that will help whatever you are working on. There are few specific plugins that I like to point out that are kind of fun. So the first one is chosen, which just like it shows here, can turn standard select elements into something quite a lot more usable.

More fun plugins

I've mentioned several times the huge ecosystem of plugins available for jQuery and in this movie we are going to go over a few options for where you can find some others and call that a few specific examples. So here at plugins.jquery.com you will find the official plugin repository. There are a lot of plugins here and of course you can search for plugins that will help whatever you are working on. There are few specific plugins that I like to point out that are kind of fun. So the first one is chosen, which just like it shows here, can turn standard select elements into something quite a lot more usable.

Now, you can scroll through here of course, but you can also search, which is kind of interesting. A mixed finding, a country that you are looking for in this case a lot easier. And it turns multi-selects into something that's also a lot easier to work with. Pretty cool. It's a very nice widget. Mediaelement.js is a JQuery plugin in that you can use to implement HTML 5 audio and video tags anywhere really easily. It comes with a nice player and helps get around some of the pain of working with those tags. jQuery cycle is a plugin that's been around for a long time.

The current version is Cycle2, which is relatively recent as of the time I'm recording this video. And as you can see, it's for creating slideshows. You can use lots of different transition effects, and it's really easy to use. Flexslider is, as you can see, a slider. Also good for creating slideshows. This one's made by Woo Themes, which is one of the big WordPress shops. And it's free. And as you can see, lots of features. Including nice mark up. A lot of different transition styles, and interesting navigation options. jQuery Tools is kind of like a small version of jQuery UI. It includes a lot of user interface widgets and a couple other little bits of jQuery that will help you build web applications.

jQuery Cookie is a tiny plugin that has been around for quite a long time. If you're ever in a situation where you need to read or write browser cookies and you're using jQuery, look no further. So, that's a few examples not only of different plugins, but different plugin types. You have very small utility plugins like jQuery cookie, user interface, which is like flex slider and cycle tube and media element and then form transformers like chosen. There are lots of jQuery plugins in many different classes. So, check out the plugins repository at jquery.com or just plugin your favorite search engine and take a look around, there's a lot out there.

The only thing that I'll caution you against is going a little crazy on the plugins and installing a bunch all at once. Only use the ones that you need to solve the problems that you have on the given project that you are working on. With every plugin that you add, you are increasing the number of things that a browser is going to need to download. You are increasing the memory for print of the project you are working on. See just want to be careful, keep performance in mind. But by all means, if you're using jQuery, make use of the existing plugins, and you'll get to the solution that you're trying to work on, a lot faster.

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jQuery for Web Designers

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  1. 2m 17s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. What you should know
      37s
    3. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 12m 0s
    1. jQuery is a JavaScript library?
      1m 15s
    2. When to use jQuery
      2m 51s
    3. Alternatives to jQuery
      1m 25s
    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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