London Ajax Meetup
The next London Ajax Meetup will be on Tuesday December 14th. The talks are on YUI, ExtJS, jQuery UI, and more.
If you’ve got a jQuery-related event planned, let me know!
jQuery UI Updates
This month saw the release of jQuery UI 1.8.6 which adds support for jQuery 1.4.3 and IE 9, as well as a whole bunch of bug fixes.
jQuery UI 1.9 Milestone 3 was also released, which adds a new Spinner widget:
A spinner is a simple widget that allows users to increment or decrement the current text box value without having to input it manually. Increments do not have to be whole numbers — they can be set to decimal values (0.1) or large increments (5) for each click.
The Accordion API has also been redesigned. It removes some options in favour of alternatives, and it makes the API a little bit cleaner and more consistent.
Slides (GitHub: nathansearles / Slides, Apache license) is another slideshow plugin for jQuery. Like most modern sliding image plugins, this one uses simple markup to represent the gallery, then uses a simple call,
$('#element').slides() to set everything up.
Slides has some useful features like image preloading and pagination, and a boatload of customisation options for controlling things like transition effects.
It’s snowing in the UK and I noticed this animated Snowfall Plugin by Jason Brown, so I thought I’d include it to be festive. The snowflakes are actually divs, imagine that!