Exciting jQuery Interface Tutorials and Techniques

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With the advent of JavaScript/web application libraries and frameworks, it’s become much easier to build interactive components for a site. For the folks that are unfamiliar with jQuery – it’s a popular, high-performance and compact JavaScript library/framework. jQuery will allow  you to reduce the amount of code you have to write for dealing with browser quirks, memory leaks, and repetitive code by providing you with a set of useful and highly-optimized and thoroughly-tested functions and methods.

Updated on 7th July 2013: Exciting jQuery Interface Tutorials and Techniques

In this article, we explore the strengths of jQuery in letting web developers create impressive client-side-based user interface components. Whether you’re looking for a particular interface/interaction pattern built on Query (like module tabs or modal windows) or you simply want to learn the library by engaging in step-by-step tutorials – you should be able to find something here for you.

Modal Windows

How to create a stunning and smooth popup using jQuery

In this jQuery tutorial, you’ll discover a technique for creating a slick modal window that appears when the user clicks on the triggering element (in this case, form submit input, but you can easily modify it into other HTML elements like <a>). The tutorial will also show you how you can deal with keypress events so that you can incorporate keyboard shortcuts into your interface.

Simple jQuery Modal Window Tutorial

This modal window tutorial uses a rel attribute to indicate whether a link opens a modal window using inline content. You’ll witness a few popular jQuery methods in action like the .click() and .css() methods.

Tool Tips

Build a Better Tooltip with jQuery Awesomeness

This tutorial will show you a method for replacing the built-in browser tooltips that appear on elements such as images and links with title attributes.

Smart Tooltips with jQuery

This tooltip technique will check whether a link has a title attribute or not, and if it doesn’t, it skips it title.

Coda Popup Bubbles

This excellent jQuery tutorial shows you how to create slick popup bubbles that appear when hovering over the target object.

Module Tabs

Create a Tabbed Interface Using jQuery

This very detailed step-by-step tutorial will show you how to create a tabbed interface using jQuery.

jQuery Tabbed Interface

This excellent tutorial is yet another variation to the popular tabbed interface.

jQuery Tabs

This tutorial is in screencast format and is aimed at beginners and designers.

Showcasing Images

Create Sliding Image Caption with jQuery

This image gallery tutorial shows you an interesting interaction technique for having captions that slide up to reveal more information about a particular image when the user hovers over it.

Image Cross Fade Transition

This tutorial will show you how to fade another image in, superimposing onto the current image when the user hovers it. It can be a great way to display more information about a particular image.

Slider Gallery

In this jQuery tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a sliding gallery that leans on jQuery UI to make dealing with theming the web component a breeze.

Simple jQuery Image Slide Show with Semi-Transparent Caption

In this tutorial, you’ll learn about the concept of tweaking opacity of elements, as well as using the setInterval function to delay the firing off of another function.

BBC Radio 1 Zoom Tabs

This screencast tutorial shows you how to zoom in and out of an image and reveal a module tab interface when the user hovers of it. The tutorial was inspired the BBC Radio 1 site which shows a similar effect.

Photo Slider Tutorial

This tutorial shows you how easy it is to implement the Photo Slider JS library to create a stunning but user-friendly sliding photo gallery.

Interacting with Content / Displaying Content

Creating a “Filterable” Portfolio with jQuery

In this jQuery tutorial, you’ll discover a method for creating a gallery of images that can be filtered by categories.

How to Build a Super Duper News Scroller

This screencast-format tutorial will show you how you can create a news scroller to display dynamic news feed connected to an RSS feed. This tutorial also uses PHP and SimplePie to interface with RSS feeds.

Text Resizing With jQuery

Resizing text on a web page is often a valuable site feature to help adjust the text within the web page instead of using the browsers’ features. This tutorial goes over a method for being able to resize text with jQuery that will work regardless of what font size units you use (i.e. px, em, %).

jQuery Sequential List

This tutorial leverages DOM manipulation to create a jQuery script that will replace your unordered (<ul>) and ordered (<ol>) lists into something fancier. The script you’ll learn to write in this tutorial gracefully degrades in the JavaScript off scenario.

Animate Your Message Boxes with jQuery

You’ll read about a technique on how to animate message boxes using jQuery, in this excellent tutorial.

Create an Amazon Books Widget with jQuery and XML

You’ll learn how to leverage jQuery and the Amazon API to display products inside a content area that’s horizontally-scrollable in this highly-involved step-by-step tutorial.

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