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Wijmo: A More Expansive jQuery UI

jQuery UI is one of the cooler things to come out with jQuery. It allows you to easily install widgets and simple capabilities onto your site quickly and easily. ThemeRoller makes it even more fun by allowing you to style the widgets in nearly limitless ways. There is one place where jQuery UI is lacking though: the number of widgets it provides. This is where Wijmo comes in.

5 Tips to Make Your jQuery Plugins Awesome

jQuery plugins are popping up all over the place and just about everyone is trying to get in on the action. What determines whether a plugin is good or bad for you is largely up to your opinion and your requirements, but there are few things that you can do when writing your plugins to guarantee at least a bit of quality and standardization in your plugins that everyone who looks at your plugin code will be thankful for.

localStorage Script Caching With basket.js

Downloading JavaScript files halts rendering and downloading of other files, and therefore can add significant amounts of time to your website’s downloading speed. Adding your scripts into your footer and using script loaders can help, but a new project is looking to make things even faster by caching in localStorage.

How to Build a Custom Carousel With jQuery and Roundabout

Sliders and Carousels are one of the coolest ways to display information on websites. They can contain tons of information in a smaller area, and the animation of automatic sliding and the large, beautiful images that are usually included draw the user’s attention. Well, I’ll show you how to set up an awesome carousel with jQuery and the Roundabout plugin.

1024 Bytes of JavaScript Power

Once again, JavaScript programmers all over the world are being called to show off their skills in a competition. What is the most amazing thing you can program in JavaScript? Here’s the catch, though: you can only use 1 kilobyte of JavaScript code.

3 Simple Things to Make Your jQuery Code Awesome

jQuery is one of the most popular (if not the most) JavaScript libraries in existence and a great number of people use it to do some amazing things. Personally, jQuery is what got me excited for learning JavaScript. The problem is that a lot of programmers don’t understand that with all that power massive amounts of CPU cycles are used. As much as jQuery engineers try to optimize jQuery, they are always limited in how fast they can make it go. There are a few things that you, as a user of jQuery, can do to make your jQuery code faster.

The Great Mystery of the Tilde(~)

When was the last time you typed in a tilde? Did you even know that little squiggle on the top left corner of your keyboard is called a tilde? More importantly to this blog, do you know what the tilde does in JavaScript? Probably not, but you’ll soon find out.

JavaScript Cookies: Yummy

Most of the time cookies are handled by the server using languages like PHP or Ruby, but there are times when using JavaScript to handle the cookies is the best option. Cookies are a strange beast in JavaScript and many developers don’t know how to use them. That’s all about to change!

JavaScript Mixins for Functional Inheritance

Mixins are a way to add the functionality of 1 or more objects to a new object, essentially creating a non-standard means of inheritance. This inheritance is also done functionally, which is the way JavaScript seems to like having things done. Basically all we’re doing is reusing functions without the need for the standard inheritance model.

JavaScript Design Patterns: Chain of Responsibility

We’ve made it to the final installment in the JavaScript Design Patterns series. That’s right, after this you’ll no longer have any clue what post will be coming out every Monday! Well today, we’ll be talking about the Chain of Responsibility Pattern. This pattern decouples the sender and receiver of a request. This is done with a chain of objects, each of which can handle the request itself or pass it on to the next object. Confused? Read on.