jQuery plugin goodness

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There is a lot of good plugin development going on for jQuery. Here are two which have come up on the list lately:

HighlightFade by Blair Mitchelmore is a very thorough jQuery implementation of the “yellow fade” technique. Options include the type of fade (linear, sinusoidal, exponential), the duration, and a function to call on completion. The plugin weighs in at 3.5K (uncompressed, so it could be made smaller), and should handle all your yellow-fading needs.

Tablesorter by Christian Bach is browser-side table sorter (click on a column heading to sort the table accordingly). It’s fast (in the demo, sorts 400 rows in about .3 seconds), and it auto-detects the column type to provide the appropriate kind of sorting. For example, it automatically recognizes date vs. text vs. URL contents, and sorts accordingly. For URLs, it disregards the http/https/ftp/file prefix for sorting purposes, which is more likely to give you the sort you actually want. You can also define your own auto-detects, which usually involves 5-10 lines of code. The plugin is about 10.5K uncompressed.

Did you know there are lots more jQuery plugins listed on the wiki at http://proj.jquery.com/plugins/? Note that the URL to the wiki will change when jQuery goes 1.0.

4 thoughts on “jQuery plugin goodness

  1. I forgot to talk about he plugins. I’ve been really impressed with the TableSorter plugin. It’s really comprehensive and super super fast. Definitely faster than any other sorting plugin that I’ve seen.

    Also, the highlight fade is a very nice touch that a lot of developers like to use – I’ll see if I can’t squish it down to its bare essentials and include it into the jQuery core.

  2. What I want to do on my blog, is every few hours take the oldest post and move it to the
    front of the queue, all automatically. Anyone know if there is a plugin that can do this or
    a simple way to set up another plugin to do this (use my own feed perhaps)?