HTML5: JQuery and Beyond

by Davina V
The author of this article talks about expanding to many different other libraries apart from jQuery that may not be better but are different. Like the Yahoo User Interface Library, which was the first big, cross-browser open source toolsets; MooTools, which offers nice, browser-independent shorthand for manipulating arrays, divs and what not (Wayner, 2011). The author talks about newer libraries with interesting features such as pixel manipulation, mobile libraries, debugging tools, and much more.

And for each feature the author offers interesting examples most of which I have never heard of. For instance Pixtastic is a JavaScript library that’s skill lies in pixel manipulation that offers many of the basic features expected from Photoshop. As mobile browsers begin to become more common, the applicable libraries grow too the three of note that the author mentions are jQuery Mobile, Jo, and Sencha Touch are three libraries that offer touch-friendly menus. Like our teacher mentioned in class Firebug offers an conditional breakpoints and the ability to edit the state. The author concludes that new features under HTML5, which offer so many different methods, but they are not all supported by all browsers. Luckily the author mentions Modernizr, which is a collection of tests that checks to see which features work in the browser that you currently use.

This week we learned about JQuery, and I did not know of this shortcut until the teacher showed us in class. While looking up articles I found this little gem and thought an interesting question: Asides from JQuery, what other kind of java scripting tools are out there? So this article covers most of my base while adding much more. Modernizr sounds useful for the frantic webdesigner who wants to see if the site works while having a limited time instead of having to write a code to see whether the browser accepts the commands.

I liked this article because of all the interesting information it contained with out bogging it down with too much technical jargon.

References: Wayner, P. (2011). Beyond jquery: Javascript tools for the html5 generation., Retrieved from

4 thoughts on “HTML5: JQuery and Beyond”

  1. It nice to have more then just one library for all your data. Also I never heard about Pixtasic before, that sound like a interesting program to use.

  2. They say that learning and understanding JQuery will make web developing a lot easier for graphics and ways to make websites look pretty. However, making use of these tools would be a great skill to harness.

  3. Great article, I didn’t know that there were different jquery libraries. However, it is nice that there are different varieties to choose from based on what we want to work on and not have to stick to one proprietary library.

  4. Thank you for the article! I am happy to find information like this because it will be able to improve our work on Project 2. There are so many libraries out there for so many different languages!

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