Useful jQuery Plug-ins

Since there are so many jQuery plug-ins out there it can be very difficult to decide which ones to try out and especially which ones can be used in a production environment. So in order to help to this affect I have listed some of the most useful plug-ins we use in high-traffic web-apps and I have found them to be reliable enough for production use.


My environment: ASP.Net MVC Web-app running on IIS 7, NHibernate 's ORM, Caste Windsor's ValidatorRunner and SQL Server 2008.

The product: A web-based CRM system that feels-and-looks like a desktop app, so Ajax is very important.

My skills (or lack thereof): JavaScript has never been my focus and always thought it too "boiler-plate", so no not my strongest technical skill. Asp.Net MVC, C#, NHibernate ORM, etc. The main point being JavaScript is not essential when using jQuery and some rudimentary knowledge will be beneficial, so don’t think you need to know a lot about JavaScript to use jQuery or any of the plug-ins. Though, some very useful concepts may be found in the book “jQuery in Action” by MANNING in the appendix.

 

Here are the plug-ins I have used and and recommend, but have also included some that we do use but would not recommend..

 

Plug-in

Comments

URL

Recommended

jQuery

All these plug-ins require jQuery and the version we use currently is 1.3.2

http://jquery.com/

 

Required

jqGrid

jQuery Grid  version 3.4.4. Being used for all lists in the web-app and supports all CRUD features via Ajax beautifully and is extremely well supported.

http://www.trirand.com/blog/,

http://trirand.com/jqgrid/jqgrid.html

 

Highly recommended

DatePicker

Datepicker plug-in version  3.6.1. There is another date picker as an optional addition to the jQuery UI plug-in suite, but I like the options/versatility on this one more.

http://keith-wood.name/datepick.html

 

Highly recommended

jqDnR

Minimalistic Drag'n'Resize for jQuery

http://dev.iceburg.net/jquery/jqDnR/

 

Recommended

jqModal

Minimalist Modaling with jQuery

http://dev.iceburg.net/jquery/jqModal/

 

Recommended

jQuery UI

jQuery UI version 1.7.1. This exists of a custom selection of plug-ins, and you will be able to select your own set from the site. The tabbing plug-in is being used a lot but the performance hit is significant on the client.

http://docs.jquery.com/UI

 

 

Autocomplete

Autocomplete plug-in version 1.0.2

http://plugins.jquery.com/project/autocompletex,

http://bassistance.de/jquery-plugins/jquery-plugin-autocomplete/

 

 

Recommended

ClockPick

ClockPick, by Josh Nathanson

version 1.2.5

http://www.jnathanson.com/index.cfm?page=jquery/clockpick/ClockPick

 

Recommended

clueTip

clueTip plug-in  version 0.9.9  (04/24/2009)

http://plugins.learningjquery.com/cluetip/

 

Recommended

contextMenu

Context sensitive menu, version 1.0. Right click on object will replace the browser’s default context sensitive menu with this one, that is fully customizable and what sets it apart from others is that it can be built on the fly after page load has completed.

http://www.JavascriptToolbox.com/lib/contextmenu/

 

Recommended

Cookie

Cookie creation, update and delete plug-in. Simple to implement.

 

Recommended

Hotkeys

Hot key plug-in version 0.7.8

http://code.google.com/p/js-hotkeys/

 

Recommended

Selectboxes

Select boxes plug-in version 2.2.4.

http://www.texotela.co.uk/code/jquery/select/

 

Recommended

TableDnD

jQuery plug-in, allows you to drag and drop table rows, version 0.5. Use this to drag and drop rows, however, the issue is that when selecting the row without dragging it, it already initiates the Ajax call which is a problem if you do not want to cause an Ajax call to update a row’s position on the DB server when you have in fact not changed it’s position/order.

http://code.google.com/p/tablednd/

 

Recommended

TableSorter 2.0

Table sorter version 2.0.3. Use this as an alternative to the jqGrid plug-in as a quick-and-dirty way to sort and page through tables, but it is very big and requires all rows listed in the client’s browser.

http://tablesorter.com

 

Not recommended

Tooltip

Tooltip plug-in version 1.3

http://docs.jquery.com/Plugins/Tooltip

 

Recommended

Validation

validation plug-in version 1.5.2

http://docs.jquery.com/Plugins/Validation, http://bassistance.de/jquery-plugins/jquery-plugin-validation/

 

 

Recommended

Watermark

Watermark plug-in beta 1. This plug-in is obtrusive and you will need to check on your server for watermarked content.

http://digitalbush.com/projects/watermark-input-plugin/

 

Not recommended

 

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