My jQuery editorial for the Code Magazine Newsletter went live today. It turned into a rather lengthy affair (what else is new?) even though it's a high level editorial and so doesn't show code. The piece discusses jQuery's functionality, benefits and some considerations for ASP.NET integration, but keep in mind that this is an editorial discussion rather than a 'how to article' (which will follow soon). You can also post comments here if you like.
It's kind of funny - my editor Erik was poking me when I handed in my original draft that I didn't mention my usual 'downsides'. I didn't really think about it when I wrote the piece originally, but when he did I started giving this some thought. The funny thing is for me jQuery really hasn't had any issues that I would seriously consider as downsides. There are a few issues that can be problematic like versioning and there have been a few issues with the API documentation not being kept up to date with the latest releases, but either these issues haven't affected me or they are too minor to even worry about. Maybe that's just me, but I also didn't find any serious dissing of jQuery in searching around the Web trying to dig up some dirt on jQuery other than a few pointless rants.
What do you think? Are there any major issues with jQuery that I'm simply overlooking or am I just running around in my rose colored glasses subconciously ignoring shortcomings?
Other jQuery News: jQuery 1.2.6 and jQuery UI released
Also, in case you missed it: jQuery 1.2.6 was released two weeks ago and jQuery.Ui released over the weekend. The last couple of jQuery releases (1.2.4 and 1.2.5) were short lived due to some distribution issues, but 1.2.6 has been out for a bit now and I've been running it since it came out without any problems with existing apps. jQuery 1.2.6 includes a few significant performance improvements as well as - finally - all the features of the original Dimensions Plugin integrated directly into the jQuery core. Dimensions provides a number of functions for determining and setting position and sizes of elements in a variety of different ways.
jQuery UI 1.5 also has been released finally and it really rocks. I've been using a bunch of the features - especially the drag and drop features and Sortables - and I'm glad to see this library finally come out after a long beta period and what I think was a botched 1.0 release that sucked. If by any chance you played with jQuery UI 1.0 and were turned off by bugs and inconsistent APIs, be sure to give Version 1.5 another look because it's been cleaned up and the API consolidated to provide consistency across the various components. Note that there are a few minor changes in library names in features from the beta versions, but they are really minor. The biggest is the file name changes for a few of the libraries especially if you were using earlier versions of the beta.
Also very cool is the dynamic library builder (which is something I always loved about the MooTools library) which lets you pick the components you need for your app and have the library builder create a single JS file with everything you need for those components. The tool figures out dependencies for each component, which is also useful if you plan on just picking and choosing which of the components to use and embedding them individually into the page.
On the downside the full jQuery.UI docs are still missing in action. There are older docs, but they're fairly incomplete and that's a bit disappointing given that some components require configuration with themes and css that need to be set up. Luckily there are examples that work and apparently the new jQuery.UI docs are coming shortly. I always wonder why any publisher considers documentation so secondary as to push out a release without adequate documentation? This is silly as it leaves a potentially bad impression on new developers rushing to check out a tool.
But I disgress... Regardless, jQuery.UI is great. If you're already using jQuery I think jQuery UI will be a no-brainer to check out and get friendly with.
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