Archive for October, 2007

Thanks for jQuery

Last week I attended The Ajax Experience conference in Boston (no, I didn’t go to a Red Sox game), sponsored by the folks at The schedule was packed with outstanding presentations. But the highlight of my trip was jQueryCamp07, which was held at Harvard University on Saturday.

Throughout the week I had quite a few opportunities to talk with John Resig, the creator and lead developer of jQuery. But, like the social clod that I am, I forgot to do the one thing that I had set out to do: Thank John Resig, in person, for the jQuery JavaScript Library. It was only after I returned home on Sunday that I realized my oversight. So, at the risk of sounding sappy, I figure I ought to write in a public forum what I had meant to say face to face.
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A Plugin Development Pattern

I’ve been developing jQuery plugins for quite a while now, and I’ve become rather comfortable with a particular style of plugin development for my scripts. This article is meant to share the pattern that I’ve found especially useful for plugin authoring. It assumes you already have an understanding of plugin development for jQuery; if you’re a novice plugin author, please review the jQuery Authoring Guidelines first.

There are a few requirements that I feel this pattern handles nicely:

  1. Claim only a single name in the jQuery namespace
  2. Accept an options argument to control plugin behavior
  3. Provide public access to default plugin settings
  4. Provide public access to secondary functions (as applicable)
  5. Keep private functions private
  6. Support the Metadata Plugin

I’ll cover these requirements one by one, and as we work through them we’ll build a simple plugin which highlights text.

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Improved Animated Scrolling Script for Same-Page Links

After posting the last entry on animated scrolling with jQuery 1.2, I realized that I had left out an important piece of code. Actually, I didn't discover it until someone notified me that another page on the site was broken. Can you spot the problem(s)? [Note: the problem is not in line 3. The syntax highlighter just can't handle the regular expression with two slashes in it ("//") and is incorrectly treating them as a comment mark.] See the answer below the code.

  1. $(document).ready(function(){
  2.   $('a[href*=#]').click(function() {
  3.     if (location.pathname.replace(/^\//,'') == this.pathname.replace(/^\//,'')
  4.     && location.hostname == this.hostname) {
  5.       var $target = $(this.hash);
  6.       $target = $target.length && $target
  7.       || $('[name=' + this.hash.slice(1) +']');
  8.       if ($target.length) {
  9.         var targetOffset = $target.offset().top;
  10.         $('html,body')
  11.         .animate({scrollTop: targetOffset}, 1000);
  12.        return false;
  13.       }
  14.     }
  15.   });
  16. });

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