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Making Draggable Webpage Elements using jQuery

by Jake Rocheleau

May 29, 2013 in Tutorials

There are so many various plugins and scripts to use for making draggable elements. Some of them allow you to create upload forms or dynamically sorted webpage tables. However, what about just creating some very basic functionality to give users the ability for dragging items through the page? The jQuery UI Draggable feature has all of this and it is very simple to add into your website.

I want to demonstrate how using a very simple jQuery UI script will allow for any objects to be dragged along the page. Since this is all built into jQuery we have the ability to use callback functions, which are sort of like unique JS codes we write whenever a user drags or drops an item. There are so many different examples on the jQuery UI website that you should definitely go and check out. I am not using anything overly complex, but you can also see my live demo or download the source codes from the links below.

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Building an Image Slideshow UI Switcher with jQuery

by Jake Rocheleau

March 31, 2013 in Tutorials

A lot of newer e-commerce websites and blog archives have started organizing listings in various formats. The interface will feature a set of icons to switch between different views, such as thumbnails or full details. It can be a pleasing design aesthetic for many typical webpages where you need to share a lot of content which can also be easily indexed.

For this tutorial I want to demonstrate how we can build a slideshow UI switcher for a set of photos. Users have the ability to flip forward and backwards in the photos list, or choose a specific image from the thumbnail view. I believe this interface can work with almost any type of slideshow webpage layout. And if you are running a dynamic CMS then you could build a page template which includes dynamic images inside the unordered list element.

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How to Build an iOS-Style Content Slider using jQuery

by Jake Rocheleau

February 25, 2013 in Tutorials

There are loads of tutorials online which are related to dynamic slideshows and image galleries. Typically web developers have been using jQuery to enhance the media in these content sliders. Many other ideas have come to fruition and this has spurred a generation of brand new plugins for jQuery developers.

In this tutorial I want to focus on one of these plugins called iosSlider. This is an open source project with numerous options for customizing your own media slideshow. This includes typical animations and effects for when the user clicks or hover over slideshow items. Additionally we will include some dynamic text as seen on the website demo. This UI style is perfect for improving the creativity of more generic or bland website layouts.

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How To Build an HD Photo Gallery using Schema Microdata

by Jake Rocheleau

January 28, 2013 in Tutorials

There are plenty of benefits for developers who add Microformats or Microdata into their HTML markup. Search engines like Google or Yahoo! often look for this extra metadata when crawling new webpages. You can offer helpful attributes for text and media on the page, along with other information about people, businesses, ideas, projects, practically anything.

In this tutorial I would like to introduce Schema microdata as applied into an HTML5 image gallery. The dynamic content is powered by a small bit of jQuery so we can display thumbnails and the full-scale image as well. The codes here may be copied and ported into various other layouts for displaying lightboxes or streaming video. It’s a fun topic and offers a lot to those interested in learning!

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