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Learning jQuery - Fourth Edition by Karl Swedberg, Jonathan Chaffer

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Chapter 8. Developing Plugins

The available third-party plugins provide a bevy of options for enhancing our coding experience, but sometimes we need to reach a bit farther. When we write code that could be reused by others or even just ourselves, we may want to package it up as a new plugin. Fortunately, the process of developing a plugin is not much more involved than writing the code that uses it.

In this chapter, we will cover:

  • Adding new global functions within the jQuery namespace
  • Adding jQuery object methods that allow us to act on DOM elements
  • Creating sophisticated plugins using the jQuery UI widget factory
  • Distributing completed plugins to the world

Using the dollar ($) alias in plugins

When we write jQuery plugins, we of course must assume ...

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