jQuery UI: Rich Interactivity, Simplified

Mike Hostetler (appendTo), Jonathan Sharp (appendTo LLC.)
Location: Portland 255
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jQuery UI, built on top of jQuery, is a complete set of interactions and widgets for building Rich Internet Applications. Each component adheres to a consistent standard across API, design, behavior and theming. This minimizes the surprise and makes many components as easy as learning one. Just as with jQuery, there is a plugin system in jQuery UI that allows users to easily modify and extend existing components, as well as create your own.

jQuery UI also includes a powerful and flexible CSS framework. The jQuery UI CSS Framework, the first CSS framework to focus on UI widgets rather than web page design and layout, brings consistency to a web User Interface, while allowing developers of all levels of design experience to customize and tweak it to fit an existing or a new site design.

This session covers how jQuery UI is designed and how it leverages the power, flexibility, and expressiveness of the jQuery API. A live demonstration shows you how to use some of the more common jQuery UI behaviors and components, the jquery UI CSS Framework, and ThemeRoller, the tool for building and customizing jQuery UI Themes.

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Mike Hostetler


Mike Hostetler is an inventor, entrepreneur, programmer and proud father. Having worked with web technologies since the mid 1990’s, Mike has had extensive experience developing web applications with PHP and JavaScript. Currently, Mike works as the CEO of appendTo, LLC, the jQuery Company, based in Denver, Colorado. Heavily involved in Open Source, Mike is a member of the jQuery Core team, leads the QCubed PHP5 Framework project, and participates in the Drupal project. When not in front of a computer, Mike enjoys hiking, fly-fishing, snowboarding and spending time with his family.

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Jonathan Sharp

appendTo LLC.

Jonathan started developing for the web as early as 1996. Jonathan co-founded appendTo and serves in a COO role as well as delivers on-site training for clients. A former jQuery Board member, Jonathan is a developer at heart and has a passion for well architected solutions, API’s and the importance of workflow and team dynamics in software development.

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