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Works with Framework of your choice
Here are some of the blogs I have written in the past that shows how you connect to different data end-points using jQuery client controls:
It is IDE Independent
jQuery with Microsoft Visual Studio
jQuery with Adobe Dreamweaver
jQuery with Eclipse
jQuery with PHP Zend Studio
jQuery has a Mobile Web Framework too!
Embraced by Microsoft & Abode
Adobe’s interest in jQuery can also be seen by the fact that now there is a blog dedicated to jQuery and Adobe up on Adobe’s site. The latest version of Dreamweaver CS 5.5 supports jQueryMobile for building web sites includes jQuery Mobile framework too.
jQuery Features that I Love
For development, jQuery makes day to day tasks a lot simpler. The key framework features that I like of the framework are:
Method chaining: A great jQuery feature, it gives you jQuery object[s] at the end of every method call. This makes it easy to write a complex logic in a single line of code. For me it was one of those things that I didn’t get a hang of in the beginning, but one I got hooked on it I cannot imagine life without it.
DOM Manipulation: jQuery DOM Manipulation API comes in very handy when doing complex DOM based tasks. Generating dynamic views, prompts, user notifications and changing styles are just among the few things you can do with this API.
AJAX API: Strong AJAX API makes it easy to do get and post request to the server running a web application stack or directly to a data service. The AJAX API enables you to build strong client-centric data applications without a hard dependency on a web framework.
ThemeRoller Styling: This feature is not part of the jQuery core, but jQuery UI. It is still an important piece because you can pick any jQuery plugin from the market and have it blend with your overall application without have to muck with control specific styles. So, when picking up a jQuery plugin from the market, make sure it adheres to ThemeRoller styling, it will save you a lot of time down the road.
jQuery plugins: There is a gigantic growing community around open source and commercial jQuery plugins all over the web. It ranges to simple UI controls and UI frameworks to a full blown commercial grade grids and data visualization controls.
So, what’s the verdict?