Do You Use the jQuery Plugin Site?

2013-08-27 00:00:00 +0100 by Alex R. Young

The jQuery Plugin Registry was released in January 2013. It uses its own JSON format for defining a plugin and requires that you add http://plugins.jquery.com/postreceive-hook as a post-receive hook. This lets the repository collect information about new and updated plugins. The plugin site's code is open source, and the authors use GitHub to manage feature requests and bugs.

jQuery was released in 2006, and since then a lot has changed on the web. In the JavaScript community there is a vocal group that has moved away from more monolithic frameworks, now that tools like npm, Bower, and Grunt have made it easier to manage dependencies and build client-side projects. That doesn't mean jQuery isn't still influential, and it's still hugely popular.

What concerns me is despite jQuery's continued popularity, the number of new releases on plugins.jquery.com is lacklustre. It's far from stagnant, but npm leaves it in the dust. Not a fair comparison? Perhaps, but I know for a fact most of the plugins readers send DailyJS do not have jquery.json manifest files. I find it increasingly common to see package.json or bower.json files.

Do you use the jQuery plugin site for publishing or discovering plugins? If not, please discuss your issues with the service in the comments. Also, if you've been writing client-side scripts without the jQuery dependency let us know your reasoning.