[EP-tech] Re: EPrints and jQuery

Jan Ploski jpl at plosquare.com
Mon Oct 14 12:27:39 BST 2013


jQuery - yes, please.

One thing that comes to mind is that it has a much nicer, working and
more customizable autocomplete widget. I've had to fight against bugs in
the Prototype version included in EPrints 3.0.5 (incompatibilities with
different browsers with resulting strange layout problems).

But the main thrust is that "everyone" uses jQuery (UI), but not so many
people use Prototype today, which makes EPrints look not so
developer-friendly from the inside out:

http://www.google.com/trends/explore?q=jquery#q=prototype%2C%20jquery&cmpt=q

sf2 wrote:
> Hi all,
> 
> EPrints has been using the Prototype JS library since version 3 - at the
> time there was as many good reasons to use Prototype than to use jQuery
> but now it seems that the latter has been more widely adopted.
> 
> Migrating to jQuery is not simple. Most if not all the EPrints
> javascript extensions rely on Prototype one way or another, as well as a
> number of core UI components/plug-ins so a migration would mean
> re-writing many core components and it would also break some of your
> custom code.
> 
> However using jQuery comes with many advantages including jQuery UI and
> its widely used UI components (read http://jqueryui.com/ for more
> information) and it would make sense to move towards jQuery in the next
> major/long-term release of EPrints.
> 
> What are your views about this potential move?
> 
> Seb.
> 
> 
> 
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