7 Best Lightweight jQuery Data Table Plugins

Creating grids and tables for storing, organizing, and interacting with data and content can be done using HTML, but they can also be created quickly, easily, and more dynamically by using a jQuery plugin to get the job done. Check out the following list of some of the best, most lightweight jQuery grid plugins available.

1. jQuery Bootgrid

Inspired by Bootstrap and designed to match the aesthetics of the framework, this jQuery plugin can be integrated seamlessly with Bootstrap or be used independently of it on other frameworks or custom sites.

2. jsGrid

jsGrid is a lightweight, flexible plugin that makes editing data super easy. With the plugin, you can insert, filter, edit, delete, and sort data quickly.

ParamQuery is a basic jQuery grid plugin that lets you sort, filter, and edit data. Using this plugin, you can also export your grids to Excel or CSV files.

DataTables is a lightweight table plugin that allows you to add interaction controls to any HTML table, giving you the power to create flexible and dynamic data grids.

WATable calls itself the "Swiss army knife" of jQuery table plugins, meaning that it's not only super useful to have around, but you can also use it to accomplish a lot of data table functions (sorting, filtering, etc) as well.

Another plugin for table sorting, this one is really lightweight and has many useful features, like being compatible across many browsers. 

Tabulator generates complex and interactive tables using jQuery. If you're looking for a plugin that can transform a generic HTML table that holds a lot of data, this one is a great option.

7 Coolest Free jQuery Plugins for 2017

There are so many free jQuery plugins available to use in your projects that it can be hard to stay on top of the latest and the greatest. If you're looking for some new plugins to add some freshness to your sites, take a look at the list we've curated below at some of our favorite new and innovative plugins.

1. Face Detection

This plugin features face detection technology that applies to both images and videos. Use it as is or customize it to add even more functionality.

jInvertScroll makes it super easy to turn vertical scrolling into beautiful parallax scrolling (when your page scrolls horizontally, rather than vertically). Check out the demo to see for yourself just how smooth the scroll is. 

Tabslet is a great option if you're looking to easily add some tabs to your projects. Tabs, which have become increasingly trendy in recent years, are a good way to include a lot of information or content on one page without it looking crowded or overwhelming, plus they give your site that sleek Bootstrap look. 

If you're looking for an easy, lightweight solution for adding CSS3 animations to your text, Textillate.js is probably the plugin for you. It offers dozens of different text animations (from several different directions or angles) for you to choose from.

Want your content to be neatly organized into a Pinterest-style grid? Gridify can achieve this effect for you quickly and easily. This plugin is lightweight and supports CSS3 transition animations.

The Sliphover plugin is a great, efficient way to add animated hover effects to any of your images for a sleek, modern look.

As a developer, chances are that you've probably had to deal with a pesky background image that just wasn't the right size or dimensions to actually be used as the background of the intended element. Backstretch is one possible solution to this common problem. The plugin boasts the ability to stretch any image to fit an entire page or block-level element. 

4 Best Tools for Validating Your jQuery Code

New to jQuery and looking for some help to make sure that your code is correct? Or are you a seasoned JavaScript pro who can't seem to find that one little bug in your code that seems to be messing everything up? No matter what your level of coding expertise is, chances are you're going to need to use a validator to either validate or debug your code at some point throughout the process of writing your code. Even if you're a JavaScript master, it can never hurt to check your code with a validator to make sure everything looks good and is formatted correctly. If you're looking for a good tool to perform this sort of validation on your code, check out the list of validators we've compiled below:

1. JSHint

JSHint is a simple JavaScript validator that is very user friendly. All you need to do is enter your code into the text area on the left hand side of the page, and you'll see your code report (complete with possible errors and problems in your code) on the right hand side.

2.  Esprima

Esprima is a JavaScript syntax validator that checks mostly for syntax errors and less for general problems in your code. Esprima is perfect to use when you know you've missed a semi colon or a bracket somewhere and you want to find the solution quickly.

Code Beautify is a JS validator that will detect errors and also gather information about any inputted code -- total characters, total words, total lines. A good tool to use to quickly and easily validate your JavaScript or jQuery code. 

4. JSLint

JSLint is a versatile and customizable JavaScript code validator that lets you select some options to customize the way your code is validated. You can choose some things that you'd like the validator to "tolerate," so that you don't get any unnecessary errors for things you're already aware of or not planning on fixing, and you can also select options for CouchDB or Node.js, so the validator can take into account that your JS code is using those tools. 

jQuery & JavaScript Resources: Books

If you’re a bookworm looking to learn JavaScript or jQuery, this list is for you. Any of these books are great resources to learn the fundamentals of both JavaScript and jQuery and will give you a great foundation to start learning both of these languages.  

This book covers a lot of material on both jQuery and JavaScript and presents a lot of its information through beautifully designed diagrams and charts. Great for absolute beginners.

This book is super affordable and provides its readers with complete understanding of JavaScript, purposely covering material that many developers have trouble understanding, and techniques that even the most accomplished JS divs tend to avoid.

At 1096 pages, this is the so-called “bible” for JavaScript developers. If you’re looking for a book book that thoroughly covers JavaScript topics and also serves as a great reference text, this  one’s a great option. 

This text isn’t for absolute beginners, but if you’re a coder who knows other OOP languages (Python, Ruby), you may find it an interesting tool to bridge the gap between one of the other  OOP languages you know and JavaScript. 

Another book that isn’t for absolute beginners, but if you’re looking to learn about the best techniques to use for how to approach the development of certain functionalities and applications. If you already have a solid JS foundation, this is a good text to use to take you to the next level. 

Tipsy: a jQuery Plugin for Tooltips

Tipsy is a jQuery plugin that creates a Facebook like tooltip effect generated from an anchor tag’s title attribute. It’s easy to use, really lightweight, and super customizable.

One of the coolest things about the plugin is that it allows you to specify the so-called “center of gravity” of the tooltips, or where each individual tooltip appears in relation to its anchor tag. The default location for the tooltips to appear is centered underneath its anchor, but with the gravity parameter, you can choose from 8 other positions.

You can also apply smooth fade in and out transitions to the tooltips so that they appear upon hover after a nice transition, and you can even combine the fade and gravity features. You can also add a delay, dynamically update the tooltip text, and use tooltips on input fields. 

If you’re looking for a good tooltip plugin, this has got to be one the easiest to use and most versatile plugins that will serve that purpose, and is definitely worthy of being included in your next project.