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Learning jQuery Third Edition by Karl Swedberg, Jonathan Chaffer

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How to use a plugin

Using a jQuery plugin is very straightforward. We need to simply obtain the plugin code, reference the plugin from our HTML, and invoke the new capabilities from our own scripts. To illustrate this, we need a plugin to examine.

The jQuery Cycle plugin will serve our needs well. This plugin, by Mike Alsup, allows us to quickly transform a static set of page elements into an interactive slideshow. Like many popular plugins, it can be very simple to use, but is highly configurable for advanced use cases.

Downloading and referencing the Cycle plugin

We can find the Cycle plugin using the jQuery Plugin Repository, or on the plugin's home page at http://www.malsup.com/jquery/cycle/. This page directs us to download instructions, which ...

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