jQuery Plugin Development in 30 Minutes: How to build jQuery plugins that are easy to maintain, update, and collaborate on

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As an experienced jQuery plugin developer and the operator of a website devoted to jQuery education, I have had many opportunities to talk with other developers and understand what works and what doesn’t when it comes to learning how to build plugins. This short guide is intended to quickly get you up to speed with core concepts, which enable you to start building plugins of your own.

Experienced developers know that well-written jQuery plugins can reduce bugs, increase efficiency, improve collaboration, and save time. In jQuery Plugin Development in 30 Minutes, I'll show you how to write clean and efficient jQuery plugins that are easy to maintain and collaborate on. While jQuery Plugin Development in 30 Minutes is intended for people who already have some experience with JavaScript and jQuery, most of the concepts in the guide will not require any advanced knowledge. Topics include:
  • Creating a plugin 
  • Prototyping
  • Generate, Init, and Destroy
  • Handling events
  • Plugin options
  • Setters and Getters
  • Styling, CSS, and themes
  • Callbacks
  • Browser and mobile support
  • File organization and versioning
  • Boilerplate
I've also included bonus content, including sections on jQuery methods, utilities, selectors, and events, as well as a jQuery glossary. jQuery Plugin Development in 30 Minutes really is intended to be a short but productive read -- my intention is to avoid the fluff and filler that make up 80% of most programming books, and just get straight to the point!

The full table of contents is below:

- About This Guide 
- Why jQuery Plugins? 

Section 01: Creation 
- Naming 
- Closures 
- Plugin Function 
- Summary 

Section 02: Prototyping
- The Main Loop 
- The get() Method
- Plugin Class
- Prototyping
- Summary

Section 03: Conventions 
- Generate
- Destroy 
- Init 
- $var 
- Private Functions 
- This & That 
- $.proxy() 
- Summary 

Section 04: Events 
- Note on .hover() 
- e.currentTarget vs e.target 
- Disabling Event Bubbling 
- Naming Events 
- Naming Functions 
- Summary 

Section 05: Options 
- Default Options 
- Plugin Options 
- Additional Options 
- Data Options 
- Advanced Options Setter 
- Summary 

Section 06: Setters and Getters 
- Setters 
- Getters 
- Methods 
- The Routine 
- Auto-Creation 
- Summary 

Section 07: CSS and Themes 
- Naming 
- CSS 
- Setting Themes 
- Multiple Themes 
- Summary 

Section 08: Effects 
- States 
- Controller 
- Summary 

Section 09: Callbacks 
- Setup 
- Ajax 
- Naming 
- Summary 

Section 10: Browser and Mobile Support 
- Browser Support 
- Extending $.support 
- Mobile Support 
- Summary 

Section 11: File Organization 
- Simple 
- With Grunt 
- Git 
- Versioning 
- Summary 

Section 12: Boilerplate 

Section 13: Conclusion 

Bonus Content 
Section 14: jQuery Methods 
Section 15: jQuery Utilities 
Section 16: jQuery Selectors 
Section 17: jQuery Events 
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About the author

Robert Duchnik is an experienced full-stack web developer with over ten years of experience in the field. He has worked as a lead coordinating large-scale projects serving millions of users. He is also the author of Websanova, a blog that covers web development topics and hosts a myriad of popular open source jQuery plugins. jQuery Plugin Development in 30 Minutes is Duchnik's first guide. 

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Apr 1, 2014
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Computers / Internet / Application Development
Computers / Programming / General
Computers / Programming Languages / JavaScript
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