[Web4lib] AdRotator ideas and or examples

Alex Smith smith48 at sonoma.edu
Thu Nov 5 11:18:18 EST 2009

Some food for thought with jQuery cycle in a PHP/MySQL environment:
We are currently using jQuery cycle for the slideshow on our homepage. I 
made a backend with MySQL which allows us to easily insert/delete slides 
as we choose. Using the MySQL backend also allows you to take the data 
from MySQL and insert it into a <noscript> tag so that if a user has no 
javascript a static slide will display at random.
I entirely agree with the bloated aspect. For our upcoming site redesign 
I made a custom jQuery slideshow which cut a total of ~20K out of the 
overhead. We will be utilizing the MySQL database to not only display 
the slideshow but to also store/re-purpose the data into the RSS feed of 
the slideshow/related news.
Best Regards,

Alex Smith
Web Services Librarian
Sonoma State University
smith48 at sonoma.edu

Brian Egan wrote:
> Hi Lee,
> At UNLV Libraries (http://library.unlv.edu) we're using jQuery Cycle, 
> which can be found at: http://www.malsup.com/jquery/cycle/.
> It allows you to create simple HTML and "cycle" through those pieces 
> of HTML with a simple line of JavaScript. It's a little bloated, but 
> it's easy to use and has a ton of examples showing off a variety of 
> options.
> All the best,
> Brian
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> Brian Egan
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> UNLV Libraries - Library Technologies
> Phone: 702.895.2252
> Email: brian.egan at unlv.edu
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