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Building the better UI

February 7, 2011

One of the aspects of my job that I’ve always really enjoyed is building the front-end, the user interface.  It’s the part of application development that lets me really get my creative juices flowing, finding a way to display information that is sleek, compact, easy to understand, and of course, in line with the overall design themes.  Lately, I find myself relying more and more on the latest version of jQuery to help reach those goals.

 jQuery is a framework of Javascript tools that is meant to simplify repetitive or space-consuming tasks, and along the way it includes some fantastic effects and animations.  There really isn’t anything completely new in jQuery, but it allows developers to enhance the user experience in ways that would normally take too much time or effort.

 jQuery represents the latest step in what I see as an ongoing trend among web designers and users.  For many years – nearly two decades now – web developers have been able to create fully-featured applications that run in a web browser, but we have always struggled with finding ways to make those applications work more like the software our users run on their desktops.  But now the line between desktop and web-based applications is thinner than it has ever been.  Mobile devices have created a platform for applications that work like desktop software, but look like web sites on steroids, and now our web sites are catching up.

 A few years ago, AJAX was the big step that brought web applications closer to desktop software, and now jQuery has pushed the envelope even more – and just in time for a major overhaul to HTML standards with the (nearly) universal acceptance of HTML 5.  I know how geeky this sounds, but I for one am very excited to see where the next steps will take us.

 For all of my fellow geeks out there, you can find out more about jQuery here.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 8, 2011 12:29 pm

    Large addict of your page, a large number of your blog posts have really helped me out. Looking towards posts!

  2. February 9, 2011 8:35 am

    Huge fan of the blog, a bundle of your articles have definitely helped me out. Awaiting improvements!

  3. February 9, 2011 4:43 pm

    Thanks very much for the positive feedback! Since my post, I came across this amazing jQuery effect for transitioning images. You can see it in action here:

    http://aviathemes.com/aviaslider/

    Thanks again!

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