Getting Started With jQuery UI

Posted by Abhimanyu K Vatsa Articles | JQuery June 05, 2012
In this post you will learn how to get started with jQuery UI. Believe me, jQuery UI is really very easy to learn and it provides abstractions for low-level interaction and animation, advanced effects and high-level, theme-able widgets, built on top of the jQuery JavaScript Library which you can use to build highly interactive web applications.
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In this article you will learn how to get started with the jQuery UI. Believe me, the jQuery UI is really very easy to learn and it provides abstractions for low-level interaction and animation, advanced effects and high-level, theme-able widgets, built on top of the jQuery JavaScript Library which you can use to build highly interactive web applications.

The whole jQuery UI is categorized into four groups; they are core, interactions, widgets and effects.

In this article I am going to show you how to setup a demo page for the jQuery UI. You just need to follow the steps given below.

Step 1: (Downloading UI Library)

At very first you need to download the jQuery UI library from here http://jqueryui.com/download. You might get confused on this download page because there are various checkboxes to select. Look if you want to download the library that contains the core elements of the UI then deselect all components and select only the UI Core there. Similarly, if you want the library that contains interaction elements only then deselect all components and select only Interaction checkboxes there. That's it.

One more important option you will find on the download page; that is "Theme". No worries, you can create your own theme from here http://jqueryui.com/themeroller/ and then download the produced library or select the theme from the dropdown menu (on the download page). If you are here for the very first time, then keep the setting as the default and then download the jQuery UI Library.

When you download, you will get a zip file by the name jquery-ui-1.8.20.custom.zip. The filename of the download depends on the version and the current version is 1.8.20 and on theme that is custom.

Step 2: (Library Installation)

Now you have the jQuery UI library, you need to install it in your project on the root or inside any folder. Find the screen:

image1.png

If you are done with the installation, then open your web page and in the <head> write the following library reference:

    <link type="text/css" href="Scripts/css/ui-lightness/jquery-ui-1.8.20.custom.css" rel="Stylesheet" />   
    <script type="text/javascript" src="Scripts/js/jquery-1.7.2.min.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="Scripts/js/jquery-ui-1.8.20.custom.min.js"></script>

A total of three references; the first one is for style, the second one is for the normal jQuery library and the last one is for the jQuery UI library.

Step 3: (Page Setup)

Once you are done with the library file installation, go ahead and create the sample webpage that will contain a textbox in the <body> and a method call from <head>. Here is the code.

In the <head>:

          <script type="text/javascript">
              $(function () {
                  $('#dialogMsg').dialog();
              });
          </script>

In the <body>

<body>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">
        <div id="dialogMsg" title="I'm Title of dialog">
            Hello I'm dialog body.
        </div>
    </form>
</body>

If you are done with above, open the page in the browser and see it in action.

Here is the screen:

image2.png

Complete Code

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head id="Head1" runat="server">
    <title></title>
    <link type="text/css" href="Scripts/css/ui-lightness/jquery-ui-1.8.20.custom.css" rel="Stylesheet" />   
    <script type="text/javascript" src="Scripts/js/jquery-1.7.2.min.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="Scripts/js/jquery-ui-1.8.20.custom.min.js"></script>
          <script type="text/javascript">
              $(function () {
                  $('#dialogMsg').dialog();
              });
          </script>
</head>

<body>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">
        <div id="dialogMsg" title="I'm Title of dialog">
            Hello I'm dialog body.
        </div>
    </form>
</body>
</html>

If you want to learn more, visit here http://jqueryui.com/. I hope you like it. Thanks.

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