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The Benefits of jQuery Plugins for Common Website Features

by Jake Rocheleau
on April 19, 2013

in Scripts

I have been tremendously impressed with the number of jQuery plugins and open source JavaScript tools. In recent years there has been a large uptick in the number of open source projects found in Github. But the jQuery library is enormous and has quite the following. Frontend developers can save a lot of time and effort by working along with these various plugins.

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But why should you include certain plugins within your own layout, rather than coding one from scratch? And which features would be worth developing a plugin where it does not exist? I hope to address some of these questions within this article. The number of benefits far outweighs the negatives when building on jQuery plugins. But you need to have a good sense of coding and how to organize files so that everything runs properly.

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The Future of Frontend JavaScript Development

by Jake Rocheleau
on July 16, 2012

in Scripts

Scripting for the web is almost commonplace for modern developers. Websites are using more JavaScript because there are more open source libraries to work with. Also most web browsers have been accepting the rendering standards and have been working together in supporting all the major scripting enhancements. But what does all this mean going into […]

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