All of jQuery UI's widgets and interactions are built from a simple, re-usable constructor - the jQuery UI Widget Factory. It provides a flexible base for building complex, stateful tools with a consistent API that offers much more control than a simple jQuery.fn.myPlugin. In 45 short minutes, we'll review the problems the Widget Factory solves for you, discuss basic infrastructure, build an extensible filtering widget, and wrap the whole thing up with a delicious, cheesy example - lickety split!
by Chris Bannon
Check out Wijmo, the new kid on the jQuery block. Wijmo has more than 30 widgets built on the jQuery UI Widget Factory, 18 of which are completely open source. We will take a look at how to use the widgets to help create rich interfaces for the Web. We will also be using widgets from jQuery UI and Themeroller to polish it off. You will walk away convinced that jQuery UI and Wijmo combine to become a solid option for building rich UI.
16th–17th April 2011