JQuery Datepicker

Typing in dates in a date field is never fun. It’s cumbersome. There is always a possibility of typing in the wrong format. There are far superior techniques that can be used and implemented when populating date fields.

JQuery is one tool that can be used to format date fields. JQuery is a set Javascript libraries that simplifies HTML document traversing, event handling, animating, and Ajax interactions for rapid web development.

JQuery has a component called JQuery UI, that provides low-level interaction like animation, advanced effects and themeable widgets use to build highly interactive web applications.

1. Download JQuery UI.

You can build your own custom JQuery scripts directly from JQuery’s website. You can select which feature you want installed. You can also select a specific theme. By selecting only the theme and features that you want, you can create a lean, strip-down version of JQuery. The download will include the following folders: css, js, development-bundle.

2. A Sample Datepicker Page

I created a simple HTML page that display how Datepicker works. In this example, I’m referencing Jquery UI from a local file. You can use a CDN if you want. I’m using the Smoothness theme and its supplied CSS.

The HTML input form needs to have an ID. In this case, we are using the id=”datepicker” for the date field. We are forcing the datepicker to use the ISO 8601 format which is “yy-mm-dd.”

<link href="css/smoothness/jquery-ui-1.8.18.custom.css" rel="Stylesheet" type="text/css" />
<script type="text/javascript" src="js/jquery-1.7.1.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="js/jquery-ui-1.8.18.custom.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
// <![CDATA[
  $(function() {
  $( "#datepicker" ).datepicker({dateFormat: 'yy-mm-dd'});
// ]]>

Here’s a demo.

JQuery Random Lists

I was looking for a JQuery code that would display a random order of unordered list. The HTML markup is displayed below. Each time the page is loaded, a different order of list is displayed.


Here’s the piece of JQuery code that you’ll need add to your webpage to sort and randomize your unordered list.

// get current ul
var $ul = $(this);
// get array of list items in current ul
var $liArr = $ul.children(‘li’);
// sort array of list items in current ul randomly
// Get a random number between 0 and 10
var temp = parseInt( Math.random()*10 );
// Get 1 or 0, whether temp is odd or even
var isOddOrEven = temp%2;
// Get +1 or -1, whether temp greater or smaller than 5
var isPosOrNeg = temp>5 ? 1 : -1;
// Return -1, 0, or +1
return( isOddOrEven*isPosOrNeg );
// append list items to ul

In addition, you can add a class to your unordered list like the example below:

<div class=”sample”>

You will need to change this line to include the class.

$(‘.sample ul’).each(function(){

JQuery.js Or JQuery.min.js

If you’re running JQuery on a production site, which library should you load? JQuery.js or JQuery.min.js? The short answer is, they are essentially the same, with the same functionality.

One version is long, while the other is the minified version. The minified is compressed to save space and page load time. White spaces have been removed in the minified version making them jibberish and impossible to read.

If you’re going to run the JQuery library on a production site, I recommend that you use the minified version, to decrease page load time, which Google now considers in their page ranking.

Another good option is to use Google’s online javascript library. This will save you the hassle of downloading the library, as well as uploading to your site. In addition, your site also does not use resources when JQuery is loaded.

The latest JQuery minified version from Google is available here.

You can link to it in your pages using:

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.4.2/jquery.min.js"></script>