jQuery Plugin Roundup 10: jquery-offline, Lightbox_me, Mapbox

2010-06-01 00:00:00 +0100 by Alex R. Young

Welcome to the jQuery Plugin Roundup, episode 10. Remember you can send
your plugins in for review through our contact form or


jquery-offline by Yehuda Katz helps build JavaScript applications that run on unpredictable
connections, like mobile web apps. This plugin can make use of a HTML5
cache manifest
jquery-tmpl to make building content from JSON data relatively straightforward.

Because of the architecture of jQuery Offline, you can call \$.retrieveJSON whether or not the user is online, and the plugin will either make an immediate request or kick off a request when the user comes back online. This also means you can kick off a timer for a request for new content in the callback to jQuery.retrieveJSON.

It seems like I've already written about a lot of lightbox plugins, but
Lightbox_me (Apache License, Version 2.0) is a relatively small and useful addition to the
collection. It adds events to handle window resizes, and has a very
small DOM footprint, unlike many lightbox solutions which can be quite


I've had to write a cut-down Google Maps style map interface before, and
it's not trivial.
Mapbox (MIT License) would have been a good alternative: it can show multiple layers of
content, supports mousewheel zoom, and has a simple API and DOM

Although Google Maps is great, there are times when a real map isn't
required or a particular project's licensing or legal requirements
prohibit Google Maps. It's worth keeping projects like this in your
bookmarks for just such occasions.