This Week in jQuery UI vol. 3

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Welcome back to This Week in jQuery UI.

Releases

jQuery UI 1.6rc2.6

Things were looking good for getting 1.6 final out this week, but we’ve still got one issue with the Resizable plugin. Big thanks to Scott González and Nick Levett for working on this. We’re about half-way there. In the meantime, you can beat up 1.6rc2.6. This includes the resizable fixes Scott was able to merge. It improves things, but we still want to fix it the rest of the way. Here’s the lone ticket: #4334 – Real World Image Cropper demo is broken.

Sites Using jQuery UI

We maintain a list of Sites Using jQuery UI. If you have a site or find a site using jQuery UI, feel free to add it to this wiki page. New this week:

Sites

  • Arcadya – Torrents & subtitles for TV series (iGoogle/Netvibes style)
  • Beltrami – Product selector, picture albums, searchfunctions, …
  • EA – Video Games
  • iRich – Keep tracking your expenses online. (Chinese 中文)
  • kolko.bg – The only reliable Bulgarian Internet shopping assistant.
  • MacWorld.fr
  • PCworld.fr
  • Poker Square – single-player card game
  • PartyHandbook – UK nightclub event listing guide

Open Source Projects

Tutorials

Jobs

How about a sprint?

We did a jQuery UI sprint a year ago last week, and it rocked. So we’re thinking of doing another.  Would you be interested? If so, how would you like to contribute? Tests, code fixes, documentation, demos, tutorials, answering questions, anything? Let us know.

That’s it for this week. Stay tuned for tonight’s installment of ‘This Week in jQuery’ over on the jQuery blog.

jQuery UI 1.6rc2.6

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The legacy preview release, jQuery UI 1.6rc2.6, is available for download and testing.

Download

You can download the development bundle here:

http://jquery-ui.googlecode.com/files/jquery.ui-1.6rc2.6.zip

or check out from svn or reference individual files here:

http://jquery-ui.googlecode.com/svn/tags/1.6rc2.6/

Testing

If you find any issues, please file in the bug tracker

http://dev.jqueryui.com/newticket (note: requires registration)

and be sure to set the ‘version’ to ’1.6rc2.6′ and the ‘milestone’ to ’1.6′.

About the 1.6 release

As announced previously, this release is in preparation for a final 1.6 release based on 1.6rc2 that will provide an updated version for those currently using jQuery 1.2.6 and jQuery UI 1.5.3, and not yet able to update to jQuery 1.3 and jQuery UI 1.7. Please note, as soon as the 1.6 release is finalized, it will be frozen as legacy and no longer actively developed. Thanks.

This Week in jQuery UI vol. 2

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Another week in the The Year of jQuery UI. Here’s what happened:

Releases

1.7.1

The first maintenance release for 1.7 came this week: jQuery UI 1.7.1. Here’s the changelog. We’ve made some much-needed updates to the download builder. We’re hopeful this will fix the problems some people were having with certain browser and OS configurations. If you still have any issues, be sure to file them in the bug tracker (note: requires registration).

1.6rc2.5

The latest legacy preview release has been out just over a week and has only two issues (so far) filed against it. Things are looking good for being able to release 1.6 final on March 25th.

SXSWi

jQuery UI ThemeRoller was a finalist for an SXSWi Web Award this week. Here’s the coverage from Wired: http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2009/03/sxsw-2009-web-a.html. Congrats and thanks to Filament Group and everyone else on the jQuery UI Team that has contributed to ThemeRoller.

Sites Using jQuery UI

We maintain a list of Sites Using jQuery UI. If you have a site or find a site using jQuery UI, feel free to add it to this wiki page. New this week:

Sites

  • Ampparit.com – Finnish news aggregator
  • CablesforLess.com – Saving the World… from high priced cables
  • ChessBomb.com – Broadcasts chess events online with realtime computer analysis
  • cloudkick – the easiest way to manage the cloud
  • HelloMovies – Find thousands of movies you can watch instantly
  • Jiglu – intelligent tagging and communities
  • ManagingMeals.com – Discover recipes, plan meals, create grocery lists.
  • USCarPartsDirect.com – US Car Parts and Domestic Accessories
  • Welcome to Redeemer – A young church dedicated to serving the city of Lincoln, Nebraska by living out the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Open Source Projects

ThemeRoller-ready Plugins

Remember, ThemeRoller and the jQuery UI CSS Framework aren’t just for jQuery UI plugins. So if you have a plugin, what about making it ThemeRoller-ready? Or if you have a favorite plugin that you’d like to see ThemeRoller-ready, send a donation (or at the very least a thank you note) to the plugin maintainer, and encourage them to add support.

Tutorials

Feedback

We’d love to hear how we’re doing, and how we can do better. Leave a comment, talk to us on twitter, post something on the mailing list. Here are some links: Let’s chat. Thanks.

That’s it for this week. Stay tuned for tonight’s installment of ‘This Week in jQuery’ over on the jQuery blog.

jQuery UI 1.7.1

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The first maintenance release for jQuery UI 1.7 is out. You can download it here:

Download

File Downloads

Svn

Google Ajax Libraries API

Custom Download Builder

Changelog

See the 1.7.1 Changelog for full details on what’s included in this release.

Thanks!

Thanks to all those who helped make this release happen over the last two weeks: arikshtiv, Cloudream, d.wachss, flakron, garside, Gavin Mulligan, gglockner, ihumanable, Jörn Zaefferer, kbwood, Klaus Hartl, Maggie Wachs, Paul Bakaus, Pavel.Mileshchenko, rdworth, Scott González, tcarnell, Tompaw, Vmx, willhowat.

This Week in jQuery UI vol. 1

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This is the first in a weekly series on what’s happening with jQuery UI. It will be a digest of all activity in the community and on the team.

Releases

jQuery UI 1.7

Our latest release came out a week ago today. Here’s some coverage I saw over the past week:

Great feedback in a lot of comments on those posts. We’re listening. I was happy to see some positive feedback on the fact that themes can now be downloaded in a bundle. Here’s one example:

Hoy es mi día. Me siento como si fuera mi cumpleaños y me estuvieran regalando el juego que llevo esperando tres meses.

My Spanish is only so-so. Here’s the best google’s language tools could do:

Today is my day. I feel like it was my birthday and I were giving away the game I been waiting three months.

http://www.nonomartinez.com/2009/03/04/jquery-ui-themes-17-themes-stable/

jQuery UI 1.6rc2.5

This release has only been out two days, but so far there have been zero comments on it, on the blog post announcement and on the mailing lists. Also, no bugs last I checked. Has anyone tried it out? The plan is to release the final on March 25. If no error reports come in, 1.6rc2.5 will become 1.6 final. If that matters to you, please help kick it around and be sure to file a bug report with the version specified as ’1.6rc2.5′. Thanks.

Q&A with jQuery UI Creator Paul Bakaus

Steve Reynolds has posted an interview with Paul Bakaus. Here’s the intro:

With the release of jQuery UI 1.7 just out the door, Paul Bakaus – creator of jQuery UI has kindly agreed to answer some questions about that launch, his life as a programmer, his involvement with the jQuery UI project and the world as he knows it.

Read the rest over on Steve’s blog: http://www.reynoldsftw.com/2009/03/questions-with-jquery-ui-creator-paul-bakaus/

Sites Using jQuery UI

We maintain a list of Sites Using jQuery UI on the jQuery documentation site, docs.jquery.com (still the home of the jQuery UI documentation wiki). If you have a site or find a site using jQuery UI, feel free to add it to this wiki page. New this week:

Sites

Open Source Projects

Software planning to use jQuery UI

Jobs

This is the first job listing I’ve seen that lists experience with jQuery UI (not just jQuery) as a requirement:

I am looking for a designer experienced with jQuery UI and CSS to help us design a nice reusable template that is sports related.

http://www.102dataentryjob.com/online-dataentry/designer-for-sports-template/

Books

jQuery UI 1.6: The User Interface Library for jQuery by Dan Wellman (amazon.com)

Tutorials

Discussion

A lot of people are bummed that jQuery UI’s nice rounded corners don’t work in Internet Explorer. Some discussion of this continued this week:

I’m getting increasingly enthusiastic all the time with the jQuery UI framework – especially its well-structured and versatile CSS component. My emerging problem, however, seems to be one of designer acceptance.

JQuery UI uses the -moz-border-radius CSS property to render its rounded corners in dialogs, controls and icons. This is a CSS3 standard and is supported in all upcoming browser versions… except Internet Explorer.

http://mytechworld.officeacuity.com/?p=313

Design & Development

We’ve had a lot of great activity this week on the jQuery UI Development & Planning wiki as well as on the jQuery UI Dev Google Group. We can always use more help, and we invite you to join us. Request access to the wiki, review a page, leave a comment. Let us know if you have a plugin you think might be a good fit for jQuery UI.

See Also

If you liked This Week in jQuery UI, you’ll love This Week in jQuery.

jQuery UI 1.6rc2.5

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The legacy preview release, jQuery UI 1.6rc2.5, is available for download and testing.

Download

You can download the development bundle here:

http://jquery-ui.googlecode.com/files/jquery.ui-1.6rc2.5.zip

or check out from svn or reference individual files here:

http://jquery-ui.googlecode.com/svn/tags/1.6rc2.5/

Testing

If you find any issues, please file in the bug tracker

http://dev.jqueryui.com/newticket (note: requires registration)

and be sure to set the ‘version’ to ’1.6rc2.5′ and the ‘milestone’ to ’1.6′.

About the 1.6 release

As announced previously, this release is in preparation for a final 1.6 release based on 1.6rc2 that will provide an updated version for those currently using jQuery 1.2.6 and jQuery UI 1.5.3, and not yet able to update to jQuery 1.3 and jQuery UI 1.7. Please note, as soon as the 1.6 release is finalized, it will be frozen as legacy and no longer actively developed. Thanks.

jQuery UI 1.7

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We’re excited to announce that we’ve finalized version 1.7 of the jQuery UI library; we think this is a momentous release and a major leap forward on a host of fronts.

What’s new?

There’s a ton of new stuff in 1.7. We’ve fixed hundreds of bugs since 1.5.3 and are introducing many new features, a better core architecture, and major theming improvements. We blogged about it already for the rc’s, but here is quick list of the highlights:

  • jQuery 1.3 compatibility

    jQuery 1.7 is the first release that is compatible with jQuery 1.3. That’s a good thing (if you can make the switch), since jQuery 1.3 brings major performance improvements to many areas of jQuery UI. Specifically, firing events, DOM operations, and getting element offsets have had massive performance improvements. More about the jQuery 1.3 release

  • Revamped and optimized plugins

    In addition to a long list of bug fixes and improvements, we’ve refactored and optimized each plugin to use the cleanest HTML possible, with a flexible set of options to make it easy for developers to extend and tweak widgets. We’ve also added a new progress bar plugin in this release.

  • CSS framework

    jQuery UI 1.7 is built upon a brand new and powerful CSS framework that is designed to support not only jQuery UI’s own plugins, but also custom plugin development, so any developer can easily make their plugins ThemeRoller ready. It is a special kind of CSS framework that is aimed specifically at user interface development as opposed to overall page layout. The framework provides classes for commonly used UI elements, states, containers and icons and is manipulated by jQuery UI ThemeRoller. More about the jQuery UI CSS Framework

  • Themeroller v2

    ThemeRoller has been completely redesigned to complement the new CSS framework and widget designs. ThemeRoller now resides in a vertical sidebar and has loads of new features. We also created a ThemeRoller Developer Tool (a bookmarklet, so you can bring ThemeRoller into any web page) and a Theme Switcher (so you can switch between themes with a simple drop-down box).

  • Demos & Documentation

    Maybe you’ve seen it already: We merged the top navigation links “Demos” and “Documentation” into a unified Demos & Documentation section, so it’s easy to browse demos and read the documentation all in one integrated experience. We’ve grouped demos of similar features and options together so you can easily tab from one to another and compare. As you navigate within a page, we update the URL to ensure accurate bookmarking and deep linking.

  • Full offline documentation

    Full documentation for each plugin is now included in the release. Just take a look at the /docs/ folder in the development bundle. There’s a separate (and simple) html file for each jQuery UI plugin method. There’s no styesheet for these files yet, but they’re quite functional even without. We’ll see about making it a little more like the website Demos & Documentation in a future release.

  • Major website improvements

    We refactored the download builder (using progressive enhancement, so it now works with JavaScript disabled) and integrated a base theme into the download along with a demo html file of all the widgets for easy integration. We refactored and improved the landing pages for the Development and Support sections to be more information-rich and up-to-date.

  • CSS framework and themes on Google AJAX Libraries API

    As before, the latest stable release of jQuery UI (now 1.7) is hosted on Google’s CDN. New in this release, however, Google is also hosting the new jQuery UI CSS Framework, as well as our current suite of pre-built themes: base, black-tie, blitzer, cupertino, dot-luv, excite-bike, hot-sneaks, humanity, mint-choc, redmond, smoothness, south-street, start, swanky-purse, trontastic, ui-darkness, ui-lightness, and vader.

  • Themes bundle

    You can now download all the ThemeRoller Gallery themes at once: jquery-ui-themes-1.7.zip. Or if you’re savvy with svn: http://jquery-ui.googlecode.com/svn/tags/1.7/themes/.

  • A new dedicated blog

    If you’re reading this, you probably know it already. We finally made the switch to our very own blog at http://blog.jqueryui.com/, where we’ll regularly blog about development, theming, and more during each release. To link the jQuery and jQuery UI blogs, Richard Worth is starting a “This week in jQuery UI” series on the jQuery UI blog, while Karl Swedberg (of learningjquery.com) will do a “This week in jQuery” series on the jQuery blog, and they will link to eachother.

Getting Started with 1.7

If you’re brand new to jQuery UI, or if you’ve worked with a version posted before [January 2009], there are some changes to the API and directory structures that would be helpful to understand. To get everyone up to speed fast, we’ve created a Getting Started Guide that walks through the basics of what jQuery UI 1.7 can do, how to use themes, and how to download and use the new jQuery UI for the first time.

Upgrading to 1.7 from previous versions

To ease the transition to version 1.7, we’ve created a detailed Upgrade Guide that summarizes what has changed for each plugin. If you want to dig into the details, you can view the full 1.7 Changelog which lists every change made in this release.

What about jQuery 1.2.6 compatibility?

As we announced earlier, jQuery UI 1.7 is only compatible with the latest jQuery 1.3+. Now that 1.7 is out the door, we’re turning our attention to creating a jQuery 1.6 legacy release (based on 1.6rc2) that will roll as many bug fixes as possible into the 1.5.3 codebase and be compatible with jQuery 1.2.6. We’re hoping to have this complete within the next month. To learn more about this split release approach, please see jQuery UI 1.7 is the new 1.6.

Get involved: Join us on the planning wiki!

We welcome your participation and feedback as we grow into a larger project. To keep us organized and make planning transparent to the community, we’ve created a new design and planning wiki at http://wiki.jqueryui.com/, where we’re refining and detailing our processes for growing the team and the project, accepting and reviewing contributions, and prioritizing new plugins into a roadmap. By channeling ideas and decisions made on the jQuery UI Dev google group conversations into the wiki, we hope to provide a single, unified view of our current thinking. To see what we’re up to, check the summary of the current development status at the top of the wiki homepage.

Thanks!

Last but not least, we really want to thank all of the (nearly 300) contributors that helped make this release what it is. We could not have done it without you: 11880, 4pcbr, aakoch, aali, aaronbarker, adamc, aflesler, aimerick, ajacksified, ajpiano, aksival, akuzemchak, alan.castro, aleemb, ALLPRO, anatari, andreas, andrew.akester, andreyavram, antin, apaella, arjen.vellinga, Arshad Abbas, astray, auxbuss, ayoung, bendewey, Benjamin Sterling, Blakomen, bmoen, boconnor, Bohdan Ganicky, braddunbar, Briel, brucealdridge, Bruno Basto, buzz, c_schmitz, c_t, C-rank, Ca-Phun Ung (pazu2k), calin.pavel, cap60552, chag, cheeaun, cheesedoily, chrisbarr, Christopher T Tillman, cjwilks, Cloudream, Cody Lindley, Colin Clark, Cornelis G. A. Kolbach, cr at accxmedia, d.glynn, d.taylor, Dakkar, daniel at zelisko, daniel.richard, datactrl, Dave, Dave Methvin, david, david at davidkmuir, David Bolter, davidb, deebo, dekimsey, designerno1, destitutus, dg.kaba, dgyimesi, djfrey, dmuir, dodge, donschuy, doyer.guyllaume, dtetto, dypa, ebartels, edomato, Eduardo Lundgren, electrawn, epascarello, erangalp, Eric Martin, eric258, erl, f.hewitt, figital, filamentgroup, Firehed, Flat Stanley, floating.eye22, Fontzter, fracmak, fusioned, fyedernoggersnodden, gargantuan, GavynSykes, george.blouin, GlowingRose, gpbmike, gregmac, Gunner, happycow, headchem, herve, hex0id, HookipaDave, hwinkel, ifeghali, Jackson F. de A. Mafra, Jacob, jacobat, jamrok, janmarek, jasondavies, jbourey, jeff, Jess Mitchell, jezaustin, jimmy, jink, jneal at liferay, Jo-W, johng, JohnnyCee, Jonas Flint, Jonathan Sharp, jonspalmer, Jörn Zaefferer, Joshua Langner, jpra, jsamort, jsycamore, jzu, kaladis, kam99, Karl Swedberg, kbwood, Kevin Dalman, kevingessner, KevinM2k, Klaus Hartl, kof, kof13, Kostrowsky, kouphax, kpitn, kylev, leason, linoj, lionel.armanet, lisbakke, lublushokolad, lukebrookhart, macarthy, magenest, Maggie Wachs, maguireji, Marc Diethelm, Marc Grabanski, Mark Gibson, mark_story, mark.leung, Marsha Hardy, mask2012 at 126, matt83uk, Matteo Ligabue, mattih5, Maurice, mdenyse, memaddy, mephis1987, metayii, mgerstenblatt, mgl, mharpste, mholmes, michelled, mikejolley, mikioma, mlang74, morf, Morten, mpj, mtk, nanodeath, Nate Cavanaugh, Nathaniel, neiljaywarner, NeoAnderson, nestor.urquiza, nivancevic, nlothian, nostrademons, ntoniazzi, obrie, olivier, onestone, op, paranoidsponge, paul, Paul Bakaus, paul.p.carey@gmail.com, Pavel.Mileshchenko, peterp, PJ, Point, pwnedd, r.riedl at gmx, random at luktown, Ranga Narendra, Rao S. Thotakura, raus22, raziel057, rdworth, recrit, redsquare, Remy Sharp, Rey Bango, rgattinoni, Rich Caloggero, rjwalsh at stanford, robmonie, roch at immoserver, rodrigocuriel, roywb, s.lopes at chello, saturnism, Scott González, scottjehl, seb.duggan, serializer, serverfire, shelane, shlomoweb1, Skaffen, skeetio, skorpan, smoofles, smurkas, snobo, sonofanickel, sonukapoor, sorpigal, sosensible, spiri, Steven Black, Stuardo -StR- Rodríguez, svinopas, sylvain.baronnet, szinya at mentha, tallvanilla, Tane Piper, taylorr, tcarnell, theothermike, ThrushAAX, tiago.simoes, Tim, timothee, tjerkw, tleveque, tlianza, Todd Parker, Tom Dyer, torq, ToyChicken, trixta, Trustmaster, tud, tuzemec, txgruppi, unique, vakata, valerchik, vladm, vmx, walterbt, webdawson, wichert, Wobble, wolfpakz, Yëco, zeguizmo, ZeroMD, ziadoz, zigzag.chen.

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