jQuery Plugin Roundup 17

2010-07-27 00:00:00 +0100 by Alex R. Young

Welcome to the jQuery Plugin Roundup, episode 17. Remember you can send
your plugins in for review through our contact form or


Awesomecomplete by Clint Tseng
(demo) is an autocomplete plugin that attempts to address common problems with
similar plugins. The author says it's better because:

It's an autocomplete plugin that works against multiple fields, with a pretty powerful and flexible search algorithm ... JavaScript is a dynamically typed language that’s trivially easy to reflect against. Why should I care what you give me? Just give me a list of whatever JavaScript model objects you use.

Usage looks like this:

  noResultsMessage: 'No results found.',
  staticData: [ // whatever ],
  valueFunction: function(dataItem) {
      return dataItem['name'] + ' <' + dataItem['email'] + '>';

As you can see, the valueFunction does what the quote says.

I think the author's idea of making this more data-driven and reflective
does make it better than the other autocomplete plugins I've used.


password123 by Timmy Willison (MIT and GPL) helpers create an iPhone-like password field, with \$('input:password').password123();. It's simple, looks
nice, and might work for your next HTML5-rich-UI app.

If you're not familiar with the iPhone, the
demo explains the effect.

Coincidentally, when this plugin was sent to me the WebKit autofill data
vulnerability was announced. So I saw "Safari... password" in the email
and got worried. It turned out to be one of those strange coincidences!


jsperanto (MIT) by Jean-Philippe Joyal helps handle translation in JavaScript templates. It reminds me of
other internationalisation APIs, so you might be familiar with the API
already (he says it's like i18n in Rails):

  t('project.name'); //-> "jsperanto"
  $.t('project.store'); //-> "JSON"
  $.t('can_speak',{count:1}); //-> "I can only speak one language"
  // and so on

The author has checked the script with JSLint and written unit tests,
and carefully namespaced everything. It seems like a pretty solid