ChocolateChip-UI for Zepto

I’ve ported ChocolateChip-UI to the JavaScript micro framework Zepto. Created by Thomas Fuchs of Scriptaculous fame, Zepto is a small JavaScript library for mobile devices that replicates the functions of jQuery. If you use jQuery but want to do mobile development and are disappointed with jQuery mobile’s size and performance, Zepto may be your solution. Zepto has a very small footprint and performs well on mobile devices. But Zepto provides only the equivalent of jQuery itself. If you need something to help you get your interface and widgets together, ChocolateChip-UI with Zepto provides a complete solution.

Although Zepto’s methods are the same as jQuery’s, it is not a clone of jQuery. The way it works internally is quite different. Yet it literally only took me a few hours to port the jQuery version of ChocolateChip-UI to Zepto. One major difference is that Zepto’s data method stores strings on a node using HTML5′s data attribute, whereas jQuery’s data method uses a sophisticated caching system to store any kind of data. However, on mobile browsers, HTML5 offers local storage and client side database for data persistence so this isn’t that big of a limitation. It does require more work (coding) on your part to accomplish the same thing that jQuery’s data method provides.

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Performance and size-wise, ChocolateChip-UI with Zepto is equivalent to ChocolateChip-UI with ChocolateChip. So, it’s really just up to a matter of personal preferences. If you like the coding conventions that jQuery demands, then go with Zepto. If you’d prefer more freedom to use normal JavaScript and want to break out of the jQuery mold, go with ChocolateChip.

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ChocolateChip-UI for jQuery

ChocolateChip-UI has been ported to jQuery. This means if your preferred JavaScript library is jQuery, you can now use this version of ChocolateChip-UI for creating mobile apps. It uses the latest version of jQuery for DOM traversing, manipulation and Ajax calls. It also includes jquery.tmpl.js to accommodate your tempting needs.

Because ChocolateChip.js was designed to work similar to jQuery, in most cases the port was trivial. However, jQuery’s wrapping of nodes in its object instead of returning an actual node introduced complications that I did run into in the regular version of ChocolateChip.

The end result of the port is that ChocolateChip-UI’s controls work the same as they always have. There are only some slight difference in how callbacks are handled in a couple of places. If you’ve already been using the regular version of ChocolateChip and want to switch to the jQuery version, open up and examine the provided examples to see if you need to change anything. In most cases you won’t.

ChocolateChip-UI for jQuery:
On Github: rbiggs/chocolatechip-ui-jq

To learn more about how to use ChocolateChip-UI, visit ChocolateChip-UI.com.

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