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jRails: Drop-in jQuery Support for Rails

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Hampton Catlin's recent Ruby Survey (results here) showed that more Ruby and Rails developers prefer the jQuery Javascript framework to the Prototype framework that comes with Rails. jQuery has become popular across the board, but is unlikely to be included with Rails any time soon due to 37signals' support for the library.

jRails to the rescue! jRails is a drop-in jQuery replacement for Prototype and on Ruby on Rails. It provides you will all the same default Rails helpers that use JavaScript functionality, but using jQuery instead!

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8 Comment Responses to “jRails: Drop-in jQuery Support for Rails”

  1. #1
    AkitaOnRails Says:

    Awesome, I've been waiting for something like this. Kudos!

  2. #2
    Peter Cooper Says:

    Apologies for the coloring of the ad on the feed. That's a mistake. I'm turning down the obnoxious level about 90% in future ;-)

  3. #3
    David Reese Says:

    Come now Peter... the jQuery vs. Prototype was 41% to 38%, those 3% very likely falling into the margin of error. I'm not sure if that means the poll "showed that more Ruby and Rails developers" prefer jQuery. No use stirring up those waters unnecessarily.

  4. #4
    Jim Neath Says:

    I've been using jRails for close to a year now and I've gotta say I totally dig it.

  5. #5
    Peter Cooper Says:

    David: I had three options. Either "more" use jQuery, "less" use jQuery, or "the same" use jQuery as Prototype. "less" would be totally wrong as the results don't show that. "the same" would be very improbable. The results most support the "more" option although it is certainly not set in stone.

    In any case, I think stirring up the waters is an awesome thing. Let the framework wars begin! It's the foundation upon which Rails, Git, and even Ruby became popular.

  6. #6
    Rizwan Reza Says:

    Agreed. JQuery is a pretty good candidate considering its small footprint. I am still unsure, but my next project would likely be JQuery with the help of JRails, of course.

  7. #7
    Cory Says:

    jQuery rocks, and jRails makes it really easy to implement it into a rails app. You will see jQuery become the Rails standard soon, regardless of whether it makes the core or not.

  8. #8
    Markus Jais Says:

    This is great news. I just finished reading a JQuery book and I have to say that I really like JQuery. Javascript has been a pain for years but now it's easy.
    Great to see better integration with Ruby. This will definitely help make JQuery even more popular.

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