There was a time when most of the contracts that were for web designers were to create portfolio websites. Things have changed a little and although people are still asking for portfolios, they are also asking designers to create big and serious projects with complex functionality, multi-browser and multi-platform support and a lot of complicated functions incorporated.
You can either create everything from scratch and will take forever and a little while longer, or you can use jQuery plugins, frameworks or other tools to complete the contracts faster and with less hassle.
In this article you will see various tools that I have gathered in my shortlists in the past two months, tools which I selected for me, but which could help you also on your work.
Nested is a jQuery plugin which allows you to create multi-column, dynamic grid layouts. Unlike other libraries and jQuery plugins similar to Nested, this is (as far I as I’ve know) the first script out there that allows you a complete gap-free layout.
Since smartphones have been popular, the apps market has been growing significantly and a lot of developers turned their attention to it, making mobile app development quite profitable. At first, everyone was doing apps for iOS, but as soon as Android picked up the pace and became popular, developers started to create cross-platform mobile apps, not just for iOS.
With the rise of mobile apps development industry, the tools for building multi-platform mobile apps started to increase in numbers and there are at this moment powerful mobile frameworks with which you can build mobile apps easier.
In this article you will find 26 of these apps, each with various functions. Check them out and see which fits your needs best.
A unified, HTML5-based user interface system for all popular mobile device platforms, built on the rock-solid jQuery and jQuery UI foundation. Its lightweight code is built with progressive enhancement, and has a flexible, easily themeable design.
Experienced web developers use MVC frameworks not because it is an interesting thing to do, but because it is the proper way to build a web application from scratch. Instead of using jQuery and a few other plugins, you can just use a Model-View-Controller framework so that you won’t get as a result a scrambled code within an overgrown file and zero capability to find what you are looking for in it.
The way MVC frameworks work is by organizing the concerns in an application into models, views, controllers. The frameworks don’t always respect this structure, an example being Backbone which adds the responsibility of the controller in view, but is the basic way for MVC frameworks to work.
Like I said in the first paragraph, starting a web application from scratch may lead to cluttered code and also you may end up reinventing the wheel and writing features that are already in some of these frameworks. Because time is really important for everyone you can skip remaking what others have done and start using a framework like the ones presented below.
Backbone.js gives structure to web applications by providing models with key-value binding and custom events, collections with a rich API of enumerable functions, views with declarative event handling, and connects it all to your existing API over a RESTful JSON interface.
HTML is great for declaring static documents, but it falters when we try to use it for declaring dynamic views in web-applications. AngularJS lets you extend HTML vocabulary for your application. The resulting environment is extraordinarily expressive, readable, and quick to develop.
A lot of issues emerged with the launch of the innovative smartphones that had touch screens, based on touch events and how they are managed through a mobile browser or on various websites.
Along with the so called problem came the solution, the latter being represented by one or more jQuery plugins that would handle touch events in a certain matter to avoid bugs or to give a certain functionality to the smartphone user who is visiting a website or using an app.
I’m guessing you probably expected just a small number of jQuery plugins to deal with the issues that I previously mentioned. You will be surprised cause there are a lot of them. Depending on what you want to use, a plugin that is smaller in size or one that has a lot of functions, you have here a really comprehensive list to choose from.
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