Using the YUI Loader Utility

Ajax, YUI

The YUI Loader Utility is a client-side JavaScript component that allows you to load specific YUI components and their dependencies into your page via script. While I haven’t used the YUI Loader Utility that often, I like using the utility beacause I don’t have to remember all of the dependencies needed by each component. In addition, I can use the loader utility to load any custom plugins.

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JQuery Plugin: imAnimTabber

Ajax, JQuery, plugins

I decided to redesign my company site (intriguingminds.com). I hadn’t touched it in about 3-4 years, so it was long overdue. With its simplistic design, I decided to use the imUpSideDownTabber JQuery plugin that I had created a few months ago. I soon learned that, due to my design, the plugin was not robust enough for the functionality that was necessary, so I decided to create an upgrade. The new functionality was significant enough (it does more than just up-side-down-tabbing) that I decided to rename the plugin altogether (imAnimTabber). I never did like the name ‘imUpSideDownTabber’. The imAnimTabber plugin can be used to display content with the following animated options:

slide (imUpsideDownTabber)
height
width
fade
carousel

As with the imUpSideDownTabber, the tabs can be created dynamically (‘auto’ mode), but I added a ‘manual’ mode so that the plugin can function when the tabbing interface is already created (the ‘carousel’ option can only be used in ‘manual’ mode). One of the major changes in this JQuery plugin is that the tabs can be individually styled. I needed this functionality for my IntriguingMinds.com (link) site. Unlike the imUpSideDownTabber, I created a demo page so that you can see how to set it up.

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