sorry for re posting but i dont want people to tldr, the code has changed drastically anyways. i will include all necessarily information here as concisely as possible
i believe we are very close to solving the problem
i am trying to use the animate callback function to properly queue the opening of a new tab after the closing of another
the error is denoted by //error here
http://patrickallard.net63.net/
Code:
<script>
//page dimentions
var tabWidth=300;
var tabHeight=document.getElementById("experienceshadow").clientHeight;
var defaultSpeed=400;
var numRows=2;
var tabs = [];
//tab constructer
function tab(divID,row,col)
{
    // jquery referencer
    this.div=$('div#'+divID);
    tabs.push(divID);
   
    // store dimentions of divs into variables
    this.height=document.getElementById(divID).clientHeight;
   
    // row and column of tab iterates from 0
    this.row=row;
    this.col=col;
   
    // position of tabs based on row and column number
    this.left=col*parseInt(tabWidth);
    this.top=row*parseInt(tabHeight);

    // when page initializes, all windows are open, before the initilization fucntion which closes them all
    // thus we have to set all to open so initilization function sets them to false when closing them
    this.open=true;
   
    // toggle boolian to determine if div is open or closed
    this.toggle=toggle;
    function toggle()
    {
        if(this.open==true)
        {
            this.open=false;
        }
        else
        {
            this.open=true;
        }
    }
}

// create tabs
experience=new tab("experience",0,0);
education=new tab("education",0,1);
software=new tab("software",0,2);
codesamples=new tab("codesamples",1,0);
references=new tab("references",1,1);
links=new tab("links",1,2);

// jquery functions to open and close tabs
(function()
{
    // close a tab
    $.fn.CloseHopin = function(currentTab)
    {
        return $(this).animate
        (
            {
                'height': tabHeight+'px',
            }
            , defaultSpeed || 400
        )
        .animate
        (
            {
                'left': currentTab.left+'px',
                'width': tabWidth+'px',
            }
            , defaultSpeed || 400
        )
        .animate
        (
            {
                'top': currentTab.top+'px',
            }
            , defaultSpeed || 400
        );
    }

    // open a tab
    $.fn.OpenHopin = function(currentTab)
    {
        return $(this).animate
        (
            {
                'top': (tabHeight*numRows)+'px',
            }
            , defaultSpeed || 400
        )
        .animate
        (
            {
                'left': '0px',
                'width': '900px',
            }
            , defaultSpeed || 400
        )
        .animate
        (
            {
                'height': currentTab.height+'px',
            }
            , defaultSpeed || 400
        );
    }

    // close a tab then open another
    $.fn.CloseOpen = function(currentTab,newTab)
    {
        return $(this).animate
        (
            {
                'height': tabHeight+'px',
            }
            , defaultSpeed || 400
        )
        .animate
        (
            {
                'left': currentTab.left+'px',
                'width': tabWidth+'px',
            }
            , defaultSpeed || 400
        )
        .animate
        (
            {
                'top': currentTab.top+'px',
            }
            , defaultSpeed || 400
            ,"swing"
            //error here
            ,function()
            {
                newtab.toggle();
                $(this).OpenHopin(newtab);
            }
        );
    }
   
    // function to open or close a tab
    $.fn.OpenToggle = function(currentTab)
    {
   
        // if its open close it
        if(currentTab.open)
        {
            currentTab.toggle();
            $(this).CloseHopin(currentTab);
        }
       
        // if its closed open it
        else
        {
                $.each( tabs, function( key, value ) {
                var obj = eval(value);
                    if(obj.open){
                        obj.toggle();
                        obj.div.CloseOpen(currentTab,obj);
                        return false;
                    }
                });
            //uncommenting this code will open the tabs, but at the same time as closing them
            //trying to replace this code with the last few lines of CloseOpen()
            //currentTab.toggle();
            //$(this).OpenHopin(currentTab);
        }
       
        /*
        else
        {
       
            // close other windows if they are open, then open the clicked window
            // error here
            if(experience.open)
            {
                experience.div.toggle();
                experience.div.CloseHopin(experience);
            }
            if(education.open)
            {
                education.div.toggle();               
                education.div.CloseHopin(education);
            }
            if(software.open)
            {
                software.div.toggle();
                software.div.CloseHopin(software);
            }
            if(codesamples.open)
            {
                codesamples.div.toggle();
                codesamples.div.CloseHopin(codesamples);
            }
            if(references.open)
            {
                references.div.toggle();
                references.div.CloseHopin(references);
            }
            if(links.open)
            {
                links.div.toggle();
                links.div.CloseHopin(links);
                links.div.promise().done(function()
                {
                    currentTab.toggle();
                    currentTab.div.OpenHopin(currentTab);
                });
            }
        }
        */
    };

    // add functions to the tabs
    experience.div.on('click', function() {
        experience.div.OpenToggle(experience);
    });   
    education.div.on('click', function() {
        education.div.OpenToggle(education);
    });   
    software.div.on('click', function() {
        software.div.OpenToggle(software);
    });   
    codesamples.div.on('click', function() {
        codesamples.div.OpenToggle(codesamples);
    });   
    references.div.on('click', function() {
        references.div.OpenToggle(references);
    });   
    links.div.on('click', function() {
        links.div.OpenToggle(links);
    });   
})();

// when page initializes, close all tabs
(function() {
        experience.div.OpenToggle(experience);
        education.div.OpenToggle(education);
        software.div.OpenToggle(software);
        codesamples.div.OpenToggle(codesamples);
        references.div.OpenToggle(references);
        links.div.OpenToggle(links);
})();
</script>