Practical JavaScript Techniques

Practical JavaScript Techniques

Present across millions of websites and growing in popularity, JavaScript is an essential and practical for all programmers, designers and coding aficionados. "Practical JavaScript Techniques" offers expert instruction, tips and methodologies relevant for all levels of knowledge.


Learn interactive CSS and jQuery techniques, how to take advantage of JavaScript’s versatile capabilities and even how to build JavaScript-based gaming experiences. Whether you’re perfecting Web design or building jQuery plugins, this vital resource is a must-have.


  • Develop A One-Of-A-Kind CSS/JS-Based Game Portfolio
  • Five Useful Interactive CSS/jQuery Techniques Deconstructed
  • Create An Animated Bar Graph With HTML, CSS And jQuery
  • A Beginner’s Guide To jQuery-Based JSON API Clientsv
  • How To Build A Real-Time Commenting System
  • The Developer’s Guide To Conflict-Free JavaScript And CSS In WordPress
  • Optimizing Long Lists Of Yes/No Values With JavaScript
  • Building A Relationship Between CSS & JavaScript

Technical Information

  • Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
  • Pages: 139
  • Language: English
  • Released: February 2013
  • Publisher: Smashing Media GmbH
  • ISBN: 978-3-943075-59-5

Excerpt From Chapter 4

A Beginner’s Guide To jQuery-Based JSON API Clients — by Ben Howdle

Are you fascinated by dynamic data? Do you go green with envy when you see tweets pulled magically into websites? Trust me, I’ve been there.

The goal of this tutorial is to create a simple Web app for grabbing movie posters from TMDb. We’ll use jQuery and the user’s input to query a JSON-based API and deal with the returned data appropriately. I hope to convince you that APIs aren’t scary and that most of the time they can be a developer’s best friend.

Excerpt From Chapter 8

Building A Relationship Between CSS & JavaScript — by Tim Wright

Even though we keep JavaScript, CSS and HTML in different files, the concepts behind progressive enhancement are getting all knotted up with every jQuery plugin we use and with every weird technique that crops up. Because JavaScript is so powerful, there are a lot of overlaps in capability between JavaScript and HTML (building document structure) and JavaScript and CSS (injecting style information). I’m not here to pick on any JavaScript library, bootstrap or boilerplate; I’m just here to offer a little perspective as to where we are and how we can realign our goals.

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