animating background colors using jquery

Hello guys so what I am trying to do is to animate a buttons background color using jquery.

$(document).ready(function(){
    $('button').mouseenter(function(){
        $('button').animate({
            background-color:"blue"},1000);
    });
    $('button').mouseleave(function() {
        $('button').animate({
            background-color:"white"},1000);
    });
});

What did I do wrong? And one more thing, can you explain like for dummies? :D

P.S. : I am using bootstrap

Answers:

Answer

jQuery can't natively animate colours. You need to use a plugin, like this one: http://www.bitstorm.org/jquery/color-animation/.

Better than that you can use CSS transitions, assuming you don't need to support IE9 or lower.

button {
  background-color: blue;
  transition: background-color 1s;
  -moz-transition: background-color 1s;
  -webkit-transition: background-color 1s;
  /* for prettyness only */
  border: 0;
  color: #CCC;
  border-radius: 5px;
  padding: 10px;
}
button:hover {
  background-color: white;
}
button a {
  color: white;
  transition: color 1s;
  -moz-transition: color 1s;
  -webkit-transition: color 1s;
}
button:hover a {
  color: blue;
}
<button><a href="#">Foo bar</a>
</button>

Answer

jQuery does not naively support this. Try using the jQuery.color plugin:

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://code.jquery.com/color/jquery.color-2.1.2.min.js"></script>

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