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Guides on Choosing a Jquery plugin

 
Mark Reyes
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Hi,

As a newbie to javascript/jquery in general, I was surprised about the jquery's ability to be extended thru plugins. Kudos to all plugin developers..

A lot of plugins have been posted but I exactly dont know how to choose the best plugin?
Oftentimes, they do the same task.

Is there some guidelines on choosing or you just have to download/test and choose which is better. Can I say that those with many high ratings on Jquery site means they are top of the line?

Thanks.
 
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The ratings are a good starting point, but giving things a test run is the best way to find out if a plugin is right for you.

JQuery's plugin architecture is one of the very nice things about it.
 
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jQuery's plugin architecture is one of the very nice things about it.


And at the same time, I despise using jQuery's official site for plugins. I find the rating system pointless when the majority of the time a rating is based on less than 10 votes. Generally, I find most of the plugins I use on the developer of said plugin's web site and I decide if I want to use it based on actually taking it for a test run. If you give me an idea of some plugins and/or functionality you're looking for, I can recommend the ones that I know and love.
 
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Hi Greg,

If you give me an idea of some plugins and/or functionality you're looking for, I can recommend the ones that I know and love.


Many thanks! I will surely take this opportunity.

I have done some simple search on some plugins but I would like to confirm if these plugins are ok.

1. Display data in tabular format
. Support for sorting/pagination/json response handling. I initially created a table written in JSTL and then added some css using jquery striping. But I notice, in the plugin site regarding data grid.

I am choosing between JQGRIDS and FLEXIGRID. (Dont know if they are the only one's or they are quality tested)

2. Form Validation.

I have several forms and I notice this plugin. VALIDATE PLUGIN. Had a high rating so I think this is good!

3. Display Slide Show Images
. I will use this on the front page. (To 'wow' others )

-Havent research on this item yet.

These are just some of my current needs.

Maybe if there are any other plugin that would be useful that I have not yet needed, then I would surely be thankful to you..
Looking forward to your suggestions...
 
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mark reyes wrote:Display Slide Show Images

I forget if you are an owner of jQuery in Action or not. In any case, chapter 7, which discusses how to write jQuery plugins includes just such a plugin: the Photomatic.

The book's example code is available from http://www.manning.com/bibeault2.

P.S. The Photomatic plugin has been enhanced between the first and second editions of the book. The above link is for the 2nd edition.
 
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