It’s Dangerous to Go Alone. Take These.Posted: March 27, 2012
The world of web development is fraught with hazards. One unclosed tag or misplaced parentheses and everything melts down. Some independent projects are venturing deeper into the dangerous Deku forest of web interactivity. It’s ok though, there are tools.
The swiss pocket knife of web development is the inspector panel. You can enable it in Safari by going to “Safari >> Preferences… >> Advanced” and checking the box that says “Show Develop menu in menubar”. To bring up the inspector you can go to “Develop >> Show Web Inspector” or you can right click on any part of the page and select “Inspect Element”. Chrome features the same panel as Safari (both are built on WebKit) and can be accessed through “ >> Tools >> Developer tools” or the right click method from above.
But I’m using Firefox!?
The other reason for picking JQuery is the plugins (archived for the moment). They can be confusing and of inconsistent quality but overall they allow you to drop in functionality by only writing one line of code. I’m using a scrolling plugin on my class site. I haven’t had to write more than 10 lines to get some neat effects. For an example from our class: Dana has been doing cool things with JQuery.