One of the strongest reasons to use jQuery is the plugin extensibility. I’ve been highlighting some plugins each month that I find work well cross browser. The jQuery community has grown very fast, but some plugins these days don’t work cross browser either due to bugs or no desire by the developers to support a particular browser (IE6 for example). While I don’t agree with this, such decisions are left to the discretion of the developer.
Here is my list of must have plugins for jQuery…
This stalwart of jQuery plugin has been recently updated and is as useful as ever.
Mike Alsup, the form plugin author, also has this great plugin that I use for confirmations and to focus the user to make a decision.
A super easy way to manage cookies the jQuery way.
Mike Alsup has another winner here. Great for animated image slideshows.
- File Tree
A very pretty file tree that was super easy to implement in Web Connection.
Mike Alsup has created a must have here with his forms plugin. Ajax-ified forms at their easiest.
Mathias Bank has a small, but very useful plugin here for getting parameters from either the document querystring or from a source attribute.
I’ve written about idTabs before.
BlockUI from Mike Alsup is awesome, this is just a little lighter and less code for relatively simple dialogs.
A jQuery and CSS framework for iPhone development.
Cross browser client side storage using html5, gears, flash, session, and local storage.
- Lava Lamp Menu
This menu showcases a very unique lava lamp effect on hover.
When you absolutely, positively have to keep an event bound no matter what happens to your DOM.
- Masked Input
Keeping users honest.
- Quick Search
Take a list or table and search through it as you type. See it in action live on the Salem Clinic website
- Table Sorter
This plugin has it all: Multi-column sorting, paging, and striping.