Any Tutorials for Javascript "Animation?"

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by ppc_michael, Jun 19, 2007.

  1. ppc_michael Guest

    ppc_michael

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    Are there any good tutorials you can recommend for Javascript animation? I don't mean annoying flying things, just like those sidebar things at Apple, with the hiding and showing DIVs and all that.

    I tried Googling but I can't really find tutorials appropriate for that kind of thing.
     
  2. tschoftner macrumors member

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    javascript code snippets

    Hi there!
    You could try the following site:
    http://www.dynamicdrive.com

    Have done on several occasions. Have used some of the code fraquments offered there. Comes with explanations, too?
    Have a try!
    Best wishes from Austria,
    Thomas
     
  3. tominated macrumors 68000

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    don't use dynamicdrive. their scripts are quite obtrusive. Try script.aculo.us. It is very easy to animate your website. Visit this tutorial as a start up.
     
  4. ppc_michael thread starter Guest

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    Thanks!! This is exactly what I'm looking for.
     
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  6. dandiggs macrumors newbie

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    I was interested in this too, as I'm looking to redesign a website I've been "managing" for a few years now. I had been doing some research into Modal Windows, and the many variants of Lightbox which uses the script.aculo.us library. A lot of projects that Lightbox spawned usually added different functionality as well as different JavaScript libraries such as MooTools or JQuery. The thing that kept being mentioned was that script.aculo.us is too bloated and that the other libraries were much slimmer, offering some of the same functionality. For my needs (loading an html page with a flash file within a modal window), I went with ThickBox which uses JQuery.

    Anyhow, I guess what I'm getting to here is, I'd like to incorporate some more of these type of user interface features into some of my web projects, but I'd like to stick to one JavaScript library so that I can learn it and get comfortable with it. Does anyone have any opinions as to which is the best all around library to work with, i.e. most users, least bloated, most features, etc? I don't mind using JQuery for my current modal window need and another library for the rest of the site...

    PS I'm a JavaScript newbie, so forgive me if I sound ignorant...!
     
  7. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    If you like jQuery's sytax, and it meets your needs, there's no reason you need to try out others. jQuery has a very active community and there are many people writing very nice plug-ins for it.

    Personally, I LOVE how succinct jQuery's syntax is, so I'd recommend sticking with it. If you're looking for some fancy interface effects to go with your jQuery, you could always consider using the Interface jQuery Plug-in, which should give you plenty of eye candy with which to overwhelm your users ;)
     
  8. dandiggs macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply, eb. I think you are exactly right - after a bit of research, I find JQuery to be the best overall solution. Thanks again.
     
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