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I needed a full page width image scroller that supported “infinite scrolling” and could handle being positioned, where the 1st image is aligned to something on the page. Poking around I found most jQuery scrollers made use of scrollTo and would not work when the window was the container. So I coded my own as a jQueryUI widget, this widget can be used with any HTML content.

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I make my living as a front-end developer and spend the majority of my time in an IDE. So the IDE for me, is an incredibly important piece of software. I’ve played with and purchased a bunch of em’ and what follows are my personal thoughts on each. I hope this might save you some time/money when deciding which IDE to invest in.

Some of these IDEs I used for years, others for only a short time. All were used on a minimum of one real project from creation to launch. If you are interested in a spreadsheet type feature list, head on over to Wikipedia’s http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_integrated_development_environments. If you don’t want to read the pros/cons of each just skip to the conclusion.

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As part of a recent project I was tasked with creating a set of custom jQuery UI widgets. When specing my widgets I discovered almost all would use some existing widget features, like sortable. I found myself trying to decide if I should extend existing widgets or somehow wrap the existing widgets with my custom code? I think this is a common question.

The jQuery UI widget factory provides a method to inherit one and only one widget. For example If you look at some of the jquery ui widget source code (draggable, droppable, sortable) you will notice that most inherit mouse. However when writing my own widgets I found that I never needed to do any of the things inheritance was intended for, such as overriding methods.

For me, I just needed some of the default widget behaviors (like sortable) applied to my own custom code. I decided to wrap the existing widget behavior rather than extend.

So how does this work? Let’s take the example of a page selector.

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When writing user interfaces using jQuery I often need widgets to interact with each other. For example, an ajax status widget that displays a spinner when an ajax call starts, and displays a status message when the ajax call completes. This widget should be accessible by whatever other widgets are on the page.

In the past I directly called methods from each widget, but this creates a lot of “glue code” and dependencies. I had recently watched this YUI Theatre video on Scalable Javascript Application Architecture and wanted to apply the following to my jQuery UI Widgets:

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Benjamin Sternthal

Web Development + Project Management + Manager


Web Development Manager @Mozilla


Portland, Oregon