jQuery Roundup: 1.6.2, DropKick, dotjs

2011-07-05 00:00:00 +0100 by Alex R. Young
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jQuery 1.6.2

jQuery 1.6.2 has been released. This
maintenance release includes fixes for attributes in IE, a memory leak,
css() fixes, and a whole slew of other improvements. I was
glad to see this fix for the logic of animation


DropKick (GitHub: JamieLottering / DropKick, License) is a new custom select box plugin. Like other related plugins, this one
hides the original select element and proxies events and
value changes. It comes with some styles that look nice and modern.

One major issue I've had with similar plugins is the time it takes to
render the custom controls. This is typically very fast until a remote
script or image blocks the loading of the assets required by the
dropdown. I don't see anything that specifically addresses this issue,
but the DropKick demo site
fades in selects when everything is ready. This is preferable to native
selects that suddenly transform into custom ones.


dotjs (GitHub: defunkt / dotjs,
License) by Chris Wanstrath is a little ruby script for Mac OS and Chrome that loads
JavaScript files from
~/.js.\ Adding\ a\ file\ called\ ~/.js/google.com.js
will load custom JavaScript when viewing google.com.

Each script gets jQuery 1.6 and ~/.js/default.js will
always be loaded if it's available.

This is similar to GreaseMonkey, except it's even easier to write
scripts and test them. I think it's likely that someone might fork the
project and rewrite the Ruby part in Node, just to make sure they can.