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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

10 Interesting lightweight jQuery plugins for web developers

In this post I want to suggest you ten interesting lightweight jQuery plugins for web developers. This list includes a lightbox, an HTML markup editor, some plugins to work with images, a tooltips creator and a PHP interface for jQuery.

1. ColorBox
ColorBox is a light-weight, customizable lightbox plugin for jQuery 1.3 (only 9KB). It supports photos, photo groups, slideshow, ajax, inline, and iframed content; appearance is completely controlled through CSS so users can restyle the box; behavior settings can be over-written without altering the ColorBox javascript file. ColorBox is completely unobtrusive, requires no changes to existing HTML, preloads background images to avoid flash of unstyled content on first use. It can preload upcoming images in a photo group.

2. markItUp!
markItUp! is is a JavaScript plugin built on the jQuery library (just 6.5 KB). It allows you to turn any textarea into a markup editor. Html, Textile, Wiki Syntax, Markdown, BBcode or even your own Markup system can be easily implemented.

3. jFlow
jFlow is a widget to make your content slides. One popular alternative that exists out there is coda-slider. jFlow is super lightweight because it is only 2KB minified.

4. JPolite
JPolite - jQuery POrtal Lite - is a lightweight front-end web portal framework based on jQuery (5 KB). The focus is easy content integration at the front-end, through an intuitive naming system and conventions plus simple and easy configuration. Developers can make use of various server side technologies and frameworks to generate content for the portal. Features: Flexible layout configurations, Module drag-drop (thanks to jQuery UI Simple UI controls (Tabs, accordion, ...), Sample RSS Reader. Take a look at the demo here.

5. vTip
vTip is designed to quickly provide very lightweight (706b js, 272b CSS, 270b image) tooltips to users of jQuery. The zip includes everything you need (including an example page), as well as jQuery for the examples to work. Using the jQuery framwork any element with a class of vtip will have it’s title attribute turned into a sleek, customizable tooltip without the klunk and loading time of a large tooltip script.

6. jQuery Cycle Plugin
The jQuery Cycle Plugin is a lightweight slideshow plugin. It supports pause-on-hover, auto-stop, auto-fit, before/after callbacks, click triggers and many transition effects. The plugin provides a method called cycle which is invoked on a container element. Each child element of the container becomes a "slide". Options control how and when the slides are transitioned.

7. Wilq32.RotateImage
Wilq32.RotateImage is a lightweight and very simple to use plugin to rotate images.

8. jqModal
jqModal is a plugin for jQuery to help you display notices, dialogs, and modal windows in a web browser. It is flexible and tiny, akin to a "Swiss Army Knife", and makes a great base as a general purpose windowing framework.

9. jQPie
The idea of jQPie is to provide a lightweight PHP interface to jQuery. The lightweight interface allows multiple ways to interact. jQPie is lightweight, supports XML, HTML and JSON, handlers
API is simple, while the handlers engine is PHP based the javascript library is usable by any language and includes a powerful autocomplete plugin, plans to provide other plugins for use and as examples.

10. jContext
jContext is an ultra-lightweight right click context menu for jQuery. How lightweight is jContext? It’s approximately 0.6kB when minified.

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