I spent last week holed up writing part 4 of Ajax Overhaul, my series of articles for IBM developerWorks. Aimed squarely at Ajax beginners, the series shows how to progressively enhance Web 1.0 sites with jQuery and Ajax. Each installment starts with the pre-Ajax version of an example e-commerce application and takes readers through the steps of retrofitting it to improve and modernize the user experience. The tagline for this installment is “Streamline multi-step processes with tabs and Ajax forms,” a topic that allowed me to employ two of my favorite plug-ins for the jQuery open-source Ajax toolkit:
- jQuery Form, which gives jQuery several methods for serializing form data and submitting the results via Ajax.
- jQuery UI Tabs, which turns a series of divs and unordered lists into a tabbed interface.