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Sunday, July 06, 2008

The problem with jQuery

Ok, I'll start by saying that I love jQuery as much as the next developer, and every contributor has my eternal thanks, but there is a problem.

Plugin development goes crazy, in that many similar plugins are released, and often these are just modifications including other sets of modifications. There must be a better way, like isn't this what version control is made for?

Here is an excerpt of

* Autocomplete by Dylan Verheul
Autocomplete with caching to limit server requests and other options.

* jQuery Autocomplete Mod by Dan G. Switzer
Modification of Autocomplete plugin with enhancements and bug fixes.

* Modified Auto-complete by Anjesh Tuladhar
Auto-complete plugin extended for auto-completing multiple words in the same text input

* Autocomplete by Jörn Zaefferer
Heavily improved Dylan Verheul’s initial plugin, integrating modifications by Dan G. Switzer and Anjesh Tuladhar.

* jQuery Autocomplete by Saurabh Periwal
Modification of Autocomplete plugin with enhancements of onItemSelect and Multiselect.

* Jeditable + Autocomplete by Ritesh Agrawal
Extended jeditable to include option for autocomplete. Also extended Dylan Verheul's autocomplete javascript to include option for having input token separator. Check the demo.

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