Gather Workshops - Building with jQuery

National Library Auckland Centre, 8 Stanley Street, Parnell, Auckland.

As the most popular JavaScript library used online, jQuery offers a way for web developers to easily add interactivity to their websites.

The workshop is designed for people with little or no previous experience with JavaScript, but confidence in HTML and CSS is strongly advised. Building with jQuery introduces attendees to what's possible with jQuery: from hand-coding using jQuery's convenient collection of functions, to using complex plugins written by other jQuery developers.

There is a focus on industry-quality code and tips about how to identify ‘good’ code from ‘bad’ code for teachers sharing jQuery with their students.

Attendees leave the workshop at the end of the day with their work published online as a live website.

Here is a bit more about what the workshop covers:

JavaScript and jQuery

What is the difference, and which do I use? What are they for? Learn the key concepts behind how JavaScript works, when you should use it and what jQuery can offer.

Custom interactivity using jQuery

Write some jQuery by hand to add interactivity to your web page. Learn where to put your code, how to apply it to your page and some of the most commonly used jQuery functionalities.

jQuery plugins

Add flair to your web page with a selection of useful jQuery plugins. Learn how to use pre-written slideshow, sticky menu, and popup plugins.


  • Confidence with writing HTML and CSS
  • Familiarity with copying, renaming and moving files
  • A Mac or Windows laptop with WiFi functionality
  • Admin rights for laptop (ability to install new applications)
  • Excitement about learning jQuery!

Registration details

Want to brush up on your HTML and CSS skills? Take a look at the Building the Web workshop, being run the day before this.

Tanya Gray
Tanya has long been involved in the IT teaching space having worked with Codemania and ICT Connect. She has come on board, armed with her passion for teaching, as head presenter and has been key to identifying new opportunities for Gather Workshops.