Instant jQuery Drag-and-Drop Grids How-to is a beginner level book by Marcos Placona on getting started with the Gridster jQuery plugin.
Gridster is a MIT licensed jQuery plugin that allows building intuitive draggable layouts from elements spanning multiple columns. You can even dynamically add and remove elements from the grid. It has an active following on GitHub. The minified version (jquery.gridster.min.js) of this powerful plugin measures just 33KB. Gridster supports Internet Explorer 9+, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera.
jQuery plugins like these make building compelling website user experiences a simple task.
The plugin does come with online documentation but if you need some hand-holding and have to get up to speed quickly, this book can guide you through. The book should be read while you're trying out the six download-able code samples that come along. It is just 48 pages long and is more like a long article. This book could have been longer and clubbed as a chapter of a bigger book on useful, liberally-licensed jQuery plugins.
It is interesting to know and commendable that the publisher of this book, Packt, pays a royalty to open source projects on which the books it sells are based.
This review is based on a complimentary ebook that Packt offered me.
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