From the people who brought you youmightnotneedjquery.com comes youmightnotneedjqueryplugins.com.
Don’t get me wrong—jQuery is great (some of the plugins less so) but the decision about whether to use it or not on any particular project should be an informed decision made on a case-by-case basis …not just because that’s the way things have always been done.
These sites help to inform that decision.
This is a fascinating bit of web archeology: John has annotated the code from one of the earliest versions of jQuery.
You Don’t Need jQuery! – Free yourself from the chains of jQuery by embracing and understanding the modern Web API and discovering various directed libraries to help you fill in the gaps.
The tone is a bit too heavy-handed for my taste, but the code examples here are very handy if you’re weaning yourself off jQuery.
Don’t get me wrong: jQuery is great, but for a lot of projects, you might not need 90% of the functionality it provides. So try starting with vanilla JS and only pulling in jQuery if and when you need it.
A terrific piece by Remy—based on a talk he gave—on when he uses jQuery and, more importantly, when he doesn’t. His experiences and conclusions pretty much mirror my own, but of course Remy is far more thoughtful and smart than I.
Really good stuff.
This off-canvas demo is a great practical example of progressive enhancement from David. It’s also a lesson in why over-reliance on jQuery can sometimes be problematic.
A great in-depth description by Paul of how he optimised his site. More of this please!
This looks like a handy way of enhancing forms to have input masks (Luke W. would approve). Right now it’s a jQuery plug-in but I’m sure someone as smart as you would be able to create a standalone version, right?
Here’s something that Josh debuted at Smashing Conference: a script for responsive designs to adjust font-sizes based on a desired line-length.
Inevitably, it’s a jQuery plugin but I’m sure somebody could fork it to create a standalone version (hint, hint).
A handy little script that attempts to check email inputs for misspelled domain names. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t need to be written as a jQuery pug-in, though: anyone want to fork it and create a non-jQuery version too?
I’ve found myself using jQuery less and less recently. Partly to avoid the extra download and file size but also—as shown here—when it comes to DOM manipulation, there’s a lot you can do straight out of the box.
Most of these are pretty over the top but they’re good proofs of concept.
This looks like a nice progressive enhancement pattern: convert a select element into an auto-completing input element (a country selector in this case).
A jQuery plugin for embedding videos in responsive layouts. Very nice …but… does it really need to require jQuery? Would somebody like to fork this and create a non-jQuery version? Thanks.
This is something we’ve previously had to build from scratch at Clearleft so it’s nice to see an off-the-shelf solution.
In an attempt to “optimise” performance, T-Mobile and Orange are actually breaking jQuery.
Good advice for generating markup with jQuery. As usual, there’s more than one way to do it.
A great little jQuery script to automatically assign ARIA roles to HTML5 elements with the corresponding semantics.
A free-as-in-beer book on jQuery from Rebecca Murphey, released under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license.
A nice-looking jQuery plugin for HTML5's audio element, with fallback to a Flash player. I might just end up using this on Huffduffer.
A great portable jQuery reference. No app store required — this uses offline storage.
A jQuery plug-in inspired by the interaction feedback on Huffduffer, which was in turn inspired by retro games.
A $15 PDF book on jQuery from Cody Lindley.
Here's an interesting idea: generating a sparkline when you input a password ...familiarity with the generated sparkline acts as a visual aid to the user.
A detailed comparison of jQuery and MooTools.
This is kinda sneaky but quite clever. Subtly encourage IE6 users to upgrade.
Stuart has an interesting take on ARAI attributes. Why can't they be set declaratively in an external file in the same way as we set styles?
Demo for a neat piece of code that will auto-populate form fields from an hCard-carrying URL.
A great little Flickr slideshow from Phil Hawksworth.
Remy teaches non-techies how to use jQuery in a responsible way.
John Resig offers an alternative user interface for selecting a time.
A decent version of Tetris written using jQuery.
Simon's slides and demos from his half-day workshop at XTech.
Cameron has put all the materials from his four-part series together in one handy spot.
You have to be really, really geeky to find this funny. I find this funny.
A handy cheat sheet of jQuery methods to print out and keep on hand.
A nice little extension to jQuery from Michael Heilemann for displaying unobtrusive feedback messages.
Have I told you lately how much I love this microformats bookmarklet? Yes? Well, I'm telling you again.
From the people who brought you jQuery comes a set of widgets built using jQuery complete with documentation and tutorials.
Use jQuery? Use a mac? Here's a handy dashboard reference.