Thursday, June 5, 2008

jQuery Rulezzz

I was in a small seminar that BostonPHP organized about jQuery. For me, as a js-phobic person, it was a real discovery. To avoid coding JavaScript I normally would prefer frameworks like GWT... I also tried Prototype a while ago, but didn't like it.

Now I have a really nice alternative - jQuery. The inventor of this cool framework, John Resig, was himself giving a crash course in the seminar. I don't want to repeat it here, the documentation is very exhaustive. Just quick facts/notes:

  • Compatible with major browsers

  • Backwards compatibility of the framework is ensured via plug-ins

  • Huge and active community, many nice plug-ins available

  • jQuery UI to show up in a couple of days. Provides many prebuilt widgets

  • Performance is great, memory management is great, the size is minimal (~ 15 KB)

  • Hosted on Google with other AJAX libraries

  • Arround 10 000 000 downloads to date

All in all pretty impressive.

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