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jQuery Junkie (July 2016)

Posted on 7.19.2016

The most popular JavaScript library is jQuery. In fact, jQuery is used more more than 80 percent of the top 1 million websites according to BuiltWith.

Thanks to relative ease of development with jQuery, there is an endless number of plugins that can be leveraged by designers and developers alike. Let's take a look at a few of the jQuery plugins that caught our attention this month (July 2016)

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Yottie - jQuery YouTube Plugin
Video is expected to be the predominant form of content in the years to come and I think those that engage in the practice are going to find this first plugin pretty interesting for a few different reasons. Yottie is a jQuery plugin for showcasing YouTube channels, and the videos they contain, on a website. The rendered layout is responsive, this thing has over 100 parameters that can be customized, and there's even a WordPress version available. This could be great for video publishers because it really brings them back some control. This is a commercial plugin and it's selling for $14 over at CodeCanyon.

Monthly.js: Calendar Plugin
Another jQuery plugin that caught our attention was Monthly.js, a responsive event-driven calendar plugin. The plugin can be used as either a date picker or a full-on calendar. What I like about Monthly.js is the event labels, which are very intuitive and the event list detail mode which is very elegant. There are many calendar plugins around for those interested in jQuery so we'll try to feature those in upcoming sessions.

Pretty sure I'm dating myself with this next plugin but I think it's pretty cool and worth a mention. There was a time when the best you could do in relation to bringing some animation/interaction or movement to a webpage in a functional way was to employ a marquee. They were misused of course but they do add something to the digital experience. The Newsticker plugin is a little rough around the design edges but it works and there are some important controls in place - from height and speed to intervals and movement. I can't believe I'm saying this but I would definitely like to see more of this kind of thing - at least in moderation.

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