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Learning jQuery - Fourth Edition by Karl Swedberg, Jonathan Chaffer

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Creating plugins with the jQuery UI widget factory

As we saw in Chapter 7, Using Plugins, jQuery UI houses an assortment of widgets—plugins that present a particular kind of UI element, such as a button or slider. These widgets present a very consistent API to JavaScript programmers. This consistency makes the job of learning to use one a snap. When a plugin we're writing will create a new user interface element, extending the jQuery UI library with a widget plugin is often the right choice.

A widget is an intricate piece of functionality, but fortunately we are not left completely to our own devices in creating one. The jQuery UI core contains a factory method called $.widget(), which does a great deal of the work for us. Using this factory ...

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