Chapter 1. Introducing jQuery UI

This chapter covers

  • What jQuery UI includes
  • Whether jQuery UI is for you
  • How to get started using the library

Let’s take a trip back to early 2006. The term AJAX had been coined, the second beta of Internet Explorer 7 was released, and John Resig announced a small library he called jQuery. jQuery would soon become wildly popular, thanks in part to how easy it was to extend its core functionality through plugins.

Months passed, and thousands of plugins were created by the jQuery community. Although the abundance of plugins provided variety, they were scattered around the internet, had inconsistent APIs, and often had little or no documentation. Because of these problems, the jQuery team wanted to provide ...

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