Archive for the ‘Javascript’ Category

Creating a simple jQuery Gallery

Thursday, August 12th, 2010
Creating a simple jQuery Gallery

Thinking it through

I can’t claim anything new with this, but I would like to show you how to use jQuery to build a very simple image gallery. This one really hit home on how important it is to think your way through what you want jQuery to do BEFORE you start writing the code. You will find that you get into trouble if you don’t.

Click here to see the demo.

Binary Solo!

Ten points if you can comment and tell me what HBO show that heading is from. Anyway, on to the code! I will leave out the css because it is really irrelevant. You can style your gallery however you want. This is just for demo purposes.


Using jQuery’s hover() event to the fullest

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
Using jQuery’s hover() event to the fullest

The problem

Today at work I was given the task of using jQuery to create a very specific effect. I have an unordered list with three list items. When the user rolls over one of them, the item gets a class which sets the background to a new color, while any other item that has that class, has it removed. On top of that, if the container the list is in loses focus (meaning the cursor leaves the container), the last list item hovered on should retain the background changing class. On top of THAT, whenever one of those said list items is hovered over, one of three content divs below it should go from hidden to visible. Oh, and I have to have the second item started off as looking like the hover state. This one took me a while to figure out. I could get the normal rollover, but the keeping the class thing when the list item lost focus through me for a loop.

Click here to take a look at the final working jQuery. You’ll see what I was trying to do if you roll over and out and what not.


Real example of jQuery’s replaceWith()…and Ext’s method

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

What the hell is Ext?

That is what you are asking yourself, right? It’s another javacsript library, which I have gotten into many an argument over why one would use it over another library. Personally, I find it to be more like writing straight javacsript (which I suck at). My point isn’t to get you to use it, because I don’t care. I love jQuery, and that is that. I’ll show you the difference in this post/article between how jQuery would do something versus how Ext would do it, because I HAD to do it in Ext. On to what I had to accomplish.

The Problem

Here is the set up: I have a hard-coded div with two links in it, I am not allowed to touch the actual HTML page itself (meaning the myPage.html), but I do have to change the href of the first link, and the text that displays in it.

For you jQuery newbies, I’m going to be using first() and replaceWith() to do this, and you will be amazed by the simplicity of it. Because I am not all that familiar with Ext Core javascript library, I actually had to write this in jQuery first and then translate it over. This though is much easier than when I tried doing that with my slider.


Taking LESS.js for a spin, and how does it compare to Sass 3

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

What the hell is LESS?

LESS logoIf you have kept up with me, then hopefully you read my post on Sass 3. If not, well hopefully you are not out of the loop and have at least heard of it. This post is about LESS and LESS.js (which you can read about here). LESS used to be a Ruby Gem install, not sure what that means exactly other than it is a pain the ass to install if you are not familiar with the command line.

There is a brilliant new way to actually use LESS, and that is to simply use javascript. Nothing to install, just include this line:

<script src=""></script>

You will also need a link to a LESS file, which will look something like this:

<link rel="stylesheet/less" href="css/test.less" type="text/css" />

A simple text file with a .less extension.

So what exactly is LESS? I would define it as a simplified and easier to use version of Sass. It incorporates the cool parts of Sass, such as variables, mixins and nested rules. Operations are also included, but I haven’t delved too deep into it yet. But a small test was all it took to see what I liked and disliked. First, lets take a look at the VERY basic page I did.

Click here to see the demo.


IE PNG problem when used with jQuery animate()

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

FREAKIN’ AWESOME UPDATE – 08/24/11: It appears this problem is now fixed (mostly?). HUGE shout-out to Micah Topping (a commenter below) for giving the link for this. If you now look at my cog animation above in IE7/8, this now works as I want it to, with no apparent differences. I did have to place the images within the divs rather than use a CSS background.

<div id="myWrapper"><img src="images/myImage.png" /></div>

And the CSS:

#myWrapper img {
background: transparent;
    -ms-filter: "progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient(startColorstr=#00FFFFFF,endColorstr=#00FFFFFF)"; /* IE8 */   
    filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient(startColorstr=#00FFFFFF,endColorstr=#00FFFFFF);   /* IE6 & 7 */      
    zoom: 1;

One finaly note….I DID have to take this out of my script that I am using or it wouldn’t work. It was overwriting the filter being put on by the CSS (full script shown further down):

'filter': ''

Even more applause goes to Dan Tello who gave the solution here. I tried the jquery script that was provided there, but I could not get that to work.


Before I go into what I want to talk about tonight, I need to first toot my own horn a little. I received an email from one of the editors over at, inviting me to be a guest writer. Now who knows what will happen with that, but I am extremely excited and honored that they would ask me. I put a lot of work into The Web Machine, so I am just a little bit proud that they would ask me. I am nervous, but in a good way. Here, I can write how I want because its my blog. There, I just hope I don’t embarrass myself. Wish me luck, and I’ll keep you informed of what happens. Seriously, thanks to for asking. You made this blogger/web developer very happy just by doing so.

Now…FORWARD! Onto the meat of the post! I should warn you though, that it is partly a story too.

If you have been paying attention here, and reading my posts, you will notice I implemented an animation on my logo using jQuery. I’m quite proud that I got this to work with so little code. Or, at least that was what I thought. The main goal was to fade in the cogs one at a time in sequential order while moving them a certain distance to the left. Just for a refresher, here is the code again:

var cogs = $('#cog1, #cog2, #cog3, #cog4, #cog5').css({'opacity' : 0});
	leftAmount = 0;
	function cogMovement () {
				'left': 63 * leftAmount++,
				'opacity': 1,
				'filter': ''
			}, 800, arguments.callee);