Jay Blanchard, LLC

Website & Web Application Development & Design

Changes are coming!

Given my wide array of interests and hobbies combined with a desire to write more I have decided to expand a little and start writing about those subjects.

Perhaps once in a while I'll throw in just some life observations or explain my #HigginsForADay extremely miniature campaign on Twitter. (You're not following me on Twitter? You've got nothing to lose unless you're near your limit on folks you can follow.) Maybe the next I'll go extremely detailed on setting up a Phone Gap application that will use BlueTooth to communicate with an Arduino device that is on-board of a 1/350th model of the Enterprise A that will be hanging in my office. You might see woodworking projects, disc golf outings, plastic model builds or whatever I'm thinking about at the moment.

I hope the articles/posts (coming soon to a blank space on the right side of the page) will be interesting and sometimes even informative. I look forward to seeing your here.

jQuery & jQuery UI Visual Quickstart Guide

jQuery is a popular JavaScript library that simplifies event handling, animating, and Ajax interactions for rapid web development. Even casual web designers, who create web pages for fun, want to add the latest cool effects to their sites, and jQuery--the fast, flexible JavaScript library--is a tool of choice. From visual effects, special controls, and Ajax made easy, the jQuery Visual QuickStart Guide will teach readers how to make the most of jQuery using the task-based, step-by-step, visual format they love. It's crammed with examples.

Includes Video Access

In addition to concise, step-by-step explanations of core tools and tasks, with plenty of helpful screen shots to keep you on track as you work, jQuery: Visual QuickStart Guide includes an hour-long HD video. In addition to reading about how to use the tool, you can watch it in action.

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jQuery & jQuery VQS - Code Download

Here is the code download for the new jQuery & jQuery Visual Quickstart Guide. If you have any issues, drop me a line and we'll get it sorted out! Thanks!

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jQuery Mobile: Develop & Design

contributing author, technical editor

Covering the latest version of the jQuery Mobile Framework, jQuery Mobile: Develop and Design teaches readers step-by-step how to get started, how to write code, and ultimately how to create mobile websites using the jQuery Mobile framework. The book is hands-on, with code examples (with corresponding on-line demos) and activities throughout.

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Applied jQuery

My first book, Applied jQuery, teaches readers how to quickly start creating interactive widgets. The beautifully designed book offers practical techniques and provides lots of real-world advice and guidance on using jQuery in your web sites and web applications. It is a must read for beginning web developers!

Today's Web developers are are expected to be well versed in many different technologies. While it is good to have a shelf full of books that focus on single technologies, having a book that shows developers how to combine these technologies is key. This book takes the reader beyond the fundamental mechanics of individual technologies to illustrate the value and power of combining jQuery and PHP with templates and layouts handled by HTML and CSS. Beginning to intermediate web developers designing and developing web application interfaces and web sites will learn how to blend these ingredient technologies.

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Applied jQuery - the web site


Top 10 jQuery Tips for Novices (PeachPit)
Manipulating DOM Elements in jQuery - excerpt from jQuery & jQuery UI Visual Quickstart Guide
Getting the Most out of jQuery Selectors (NetMag - Creative Bloq)
A jQuery Reading List (PeachPit)
Tripping the DOM Fantastic with jQuery (NetMag - Creative Bloq)
AJAX-like File Uploads with jQuery (PeachPit)
jQuery Animated Twitter Scroll Widget (Applied jQuery)
Being Effective with AJAX - excerpt from Applied jQuery
Using MySQL & PHP to Present Excel Spreadsheets (Evolt)

I'm quoted in the following articles on jQuery:

jQuery Team Responds to Library's Ubiquity