Creating a jQuery Django Dialog Widget Tutorial

Creating a jQuery Django Dialog Widget Tutorial

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Why use a jQuery Django Dialog Widget?

The jQuery Django Dialog Widget is actually one of the biggest pains in the butt whenever you’re browsing the web. They’re essentially the little boxes that pop up that you instinctually close whenever you land on the page.

However, if you’re on this page, you’re of a different bread of technology users. These dialogs have been proven to be successful with some demographics of computer users – and that’s why they’re not going away anytime soon.

A good jQuery Django dialog widget can help your website build subscribers, sell a ‘limited time’ offer, gather user information for marketing purposes, and so much more. 

These little widgets are simple – but doing them correctly and successfully is key to growing a successful website. 

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Example of a jQuery Django Dialog Widget

See an Example of a jQuery Django Dialog Widget

With all my widget tutorials, I think it’s important to know what you’re building before you spend your time creating it on your website. The above shows an example of the widget we’ll be creating in this tutorial. It’s just a screenshot, but if you want to see and use the working example of this widget, you can find it on my Heroku hosted Django website. You can find it at this link.

How to start with jQuery Widgets

jQuery is just a tool to make it easier to impliment Javascript into your django websites (or any type of website that supports Javascript for that matter). 

If you want to use Javascript to begin creating dynami content on your website, jQuery makes the process much easier to get started.

First, we need the source code for the jQuery Django Dialog Widget

To get the source code for the Autocomplete widget, we’ll need to head to jQuery’s website. You can either google search it or just follow this link. Or you can just grab the source code from below:

<link rel="stylesheet"href="//code.jquery.com/ui/1.12.1/themes/base/jquery-ui.css">

<link rel=“stylesheet” href=“/resources/demos/style.css”>
 
<script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.12.4.js"></script>
<script src="https://code.jquery.com/ui/1.12.1/jquery-ui.js"></script>
<script>
$( function() {
$( "#dialog" ).dialog();
} );
</script>
There’s multiple different functionalities available, but I’m just going to use the default one for the purposes of this tutorial. The first section is just the styling that jQuery gives by default, the actual Javascript elements are in the script source lines in the second section. 
 
There’s some other cool dialog boxes that I suggest you take a look at on jQuery’s site whenever you master this basic functionality
Using the Autocomplete JavaScript to create a Django Dialog Widget

Depending on the size of your project, I would most likely encourage you to create a base.html file and extend it to other templates in your Django project. This is how I’ve created the working live example website for all the tutorials on jQuery widgets.

In this scenario, play the above styling and scripts into your base.html file. If you’re only working off one file, then go ahead and place it into that file. 

To start using the jQuery Django Dialog Widget, you just need to give a div container the id of dialog. That’s it. 

<div id=“dialog”>

Stuff here

</div>

 

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Full code from my jQuery Django Dialog Widget Live Example

{% extends “base.html” %}
{% load staticfiles %}

{% block content %}
<div id=”dialog” title=”Catch your user’s attention!”>

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</div>

{% endblock %}

Pretty easy huh?

That’s pretty much it whenever it comes to creating your own jQuery Django Dialog Widget in your Django project. If this was your first jQuery tutorial, I totally recommend checking out some of my other tutorials. There’s some awesome widgets that you can create with simple jQuery applications. 

Additionally, jQuery is a great stepping stone to learning full JavaScript. One of the most profitable and useful coding languages to learn. 

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