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Useful JavaScript Libraries and jQuery Plugins

If you have a problem and need a solution for it, chances are high that a JavaScript library or jQuery plugin exists that was created to solve this very problem. Such libraries are always great to have in your bookmarks or in your local folders, especially if you aren't a big fan of cross-browser debugging.

JavaScript Library
Image credit: Yeoman

A JavaScript library isn't always the best solution: it should never be a single point of failure for any website, and neither should a website rely on JavaScript making the content potentially inaccessible. Progressive enhancement is our friend; sometimes JavaScript won't load, or won't be supported — e.g. users of mobile devices might run into latency issues or performance issues with some JavaScript-libraries. Often large all-around JavaScript libraries such as jQuery might be an overkill, while tiny JavaScript micro-libraries could serve as good, "light" alternatives for a particular problem. We'll present some of them today.

In this two-part overview (part 1 and part 2), we feature some of the most useful JavaScript and jQuery libraries which could be just the right solutions for your common problems. You might know some of these libraries, but you probably don't know all of them. In either case, we hope that this overview will help you find or rediscover some tools that you could use in your next projects.

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Useful JavaScript Libraries and jQuery Plugins

If you have a problem and need a solution for it, chances are high that a JavaScript library or jQuery plugin exists that was created to solve this very problem. Such libraries are always great to have in your bookmarks or in your local folders, especially if you aren't a big fan of cross-browser debugging.

JavaScript Library
Image credit: Yeoman

A JavaScript library isn't always the best solution: it should never be a single point of failure for any website, and neither should a website rely on JavaScript making the content potentially inaccessible. Progressive enhancement is our friend; sometimes JavaScript won't load properly, or won't be supported — e.g. users of mobile devices might run into latency issues or performance issues with some JavaScript-libraries. Often large all-around JavaScript libraries such as jQuery might be an overkill, while tiny JavaScript micro-libraries could serve as good, "light" alternatives for a particular problem. We'll present some of them today.

In this two-part overview (part 1 and part 2), we feature some of the most useful JavaScript and jQuery libraries which could be just the right solutions for your common problems. You might know some of these libraries, but you probably don't know all of them. In either case, we hope that this overview will help you find or rediscover some tools that you could use in your next projects.

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UX Sketching And Wireframing Templates For Mobile Projects

Today we are happy to release two printable UX sketching and wireframing templates, designed by Pixle for Smashing Magazine’s readers. This article presents Outline, a set of sketching and wireframing papers for mobile platforms and Tapsize, a set of templates for checking optimal tap areas without a mobile device.

Checking optimal tap size on paper Google Nexus 7 tablet :)

Outline is a set of 28 printable sketching and wireframing papers (in PDF) for seven mobile platforms: Android, BlackBerry, iOS (iPad and iPhone), Meego, Symbian, webOS, Windows Phone 7. The set consists of a few combinations, such as actual size, 10 devices fit to a page, and landscape layout.

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Smashing Conference Live — Day 2

During the two days of the Smashing Conference, we will provide you with insights, photos and highlights on Smashing Magazine — live from the conference venue. Our team will be posting updates from the early morning to the late evening on both dates to bring you as close to the conference as possible. You can also track the tweets from the conference by following the hashtag #smashingconf and permalink for the live updates.

The Conference

Bookmark this page to follow the updates in real-time. Please notice that no live stream is available, but all videos will be made available for free after the event. You might want to check the schedule of the conference as well and the report from day 1.

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Smashing Conference Live — Day 1

During the two days of the Smashing Conference, we will provide you with insights, photos and highlights on Smashing Magazine — live from the conference venue. Our team will be posting updates from the early morning to the late evening on both dates to bring you as close to the conference as possible. You can also track the tweets from the conference by following the hashtag #smashingconf.

Smashing Conference

Bookmark this page to follow the auto-updates in real-time. Please notice that no live stream is available, but all videos will be made available for free after the event. You might want to check the schedule of the conference as well.

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Limited-Edition Posters Giveaway: Comment And Win!

Yesterday we described who we are, and today it’s your turn to tell us your story. Looking back at where we’ve come from and where we are today, we see that one principle has not changed a bit over the years, and it is one of the core elements of our work: that is, we’ll go as far as it takes to deliver value and substance to you, our dear reader.

Smashing Cat has already got into the party mood.

We measure success not by traffic and not by the number of advertising spots sold, but by the amount of value an article provides you with. And to measure that, we quantify the attention an article receives and the overall feedback it gets in comments, blog posts and social channels. We listen to you, and we listen carefully. Our team reads through each and every email and tweet sent to us, and we also double-check comments that get marked as “spam” and approve the legitimate ones. Every meaningful comment contributes to the discussion and helps us further improve the quality of our content. And that’s a huge deal for us.

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: September 2012

We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one—desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for over four years now, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month.

Smashing Wallpaper - september 12

We continue to nourish you with a monthly spoon of inspiration. This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for September 2012. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free. It’s time to freshen up your wallpaper!

Please note that:

  • All images can be clicked on and lead to the preview of the wallpaper,
  • You can feature your work in our magazine by taking part in our Desktop Wallpaper Calendar series. We are regularly looking for creative designers and artists to be featured on Smashing Magazine. Are you one of them?
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