Top 5 jQuery UI Alternatives
March 15, 2017 - 4:00pm
When building for the modern web you often need to create useful UI components. Whether you need a calendar, slider, graph or anything else that's useful for improving or simplifying user interaction, your options are either to create it yourself or leverage existing functionality.
Developing these components yourself is often time-consuming and complex, and unless you're doing something entirely unique it's often not a great use of your time. That is where UI libraries and frameworks come into play. These libraries simplify the process of creating common UI components. You can leverage these existing frameworks and customize them to suit your needs.
One of the largest and widely used frameworks is jQuery UI. It's an extended set of widgets, effects, and themes built off of jQuery, separated into its own set of components. You can download all of the jQuery UI elements in a single bundle, or you can pick and choose the components and functionality you're interested in. Using a collection like this lets you create a consistent appearance for your components and lets you get up and running with a minimal of fuss.
While jQuery UI works great and is a good go-to option, there are other frameworks out there that boast amazing, high-quality controls. In this article I will analyze a few of these to see how they stack up.
The Kendo UI Framework provides a series of over 70 components useful for speeding up your development. These components are responsive, themeable, fast and highly customizable.
There are several things to love about Keno UI and how it can help you create awesome interactive elements.
Firstly these components are built from the ground up by Telerik to be fast. Unlike some other frameworks, these widgets have been built from scratch with just JS and don't require jQuery at all. The components themselves feel fast, smooth and solid even when viewed on mobile devices.
While we're talking about mobile devices, this is another area where Kendo UI shines. The components are built with mobile devices in mind, providing a responsive and adaptive layout depending on where they are viewed. Most widgets adjust accordingly and change their controls depending on if you're on a mobile device. It's a great feature. Here's the Slider component, it automatically adjusts based on your screen size.
From an implementation standpoint, thes
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