14 Top Calendar and Date Picker jQuery Plugins

Calendar and date interfaces are widely used among developers and is one of the most important parts of web designing. Building a website using these open source jQuery plugins is really simple. Here are 14 of the top calendar and date picker jQuery plugins for web designing:

1. FullCalendar

This jQuery plugin provides an interactive atmosphere by offering drag and drop function. It also provides optional connectivity with Google Calendar.


2. CLNDR.js

This plugin provides specific details and dates that make it the dynamic event viewer. This plugin is easy to match or fit any website and is responsive (every screen size) too.


3. Simple Event Calendar

With Simple Event Calendar, visitors can read every event through bots or crawlers, as they are coded into HTML. It also provides a clean design for a compatible interface.


4. Zabuto Calendar

This jQuery plugin has traditional CSS classes which lands it on the top of Bootstrap. You can pull external data through AJAX or JSON.


5. e-Calendar

The content contained in this calendar is managed by JSON. This plugin also offers the date and time for individual events. You can also navigate easily to previous and future months.


6. GoogleCalReader

Google Calendar provides developers with quick API connection and pre-built structural elements.


7. jQM Calendar

This is the best full screen calendar for a jQuery mobile. The content and themes for events are easily customized.

8. glDatePicker

With this plugin, developers are offered a wide number of custom options. One brilliant feature of this jQuery plugin is that it offers navigation to limited months.


9. Pickadate.js

Pickadate.js has simple JavaScript initiation.

10. DateTimePicker

With DateTimePicker, developers can access different formats of date and time all with a single line of code (JS code).


11. Timepicker

This plugin provides more features with time, including duration. It also supports a number of formatting styles for you to choose from.

12. Datepair.js

This jQuery plugin is mainly built for selection among two date time periods. Apart from jQuery this plugin can also work on Zepto and Bootstrap.

13. Rome

This plugin supports almost every browser, as old as IE7. It provides both date and time pickers in one window.


14. PickMeUp

You can select multi-dates as a separate entity or as a range with this plugin. PickMeUp also offers many configuration options (like multi-month interface) which changes the experience of the user.


15 Top jQuery Chart Plugins for Developers

Graphics in programs like Photoshop can be created both statistically and dynamically. Creating graphics using statistical methods is a bit difficult when compared to dynamical methods. Here are the few jQuery chart plugins that will help you generate charts or tables:

1. Dynatable.js

Dynatable is a interactive table plugin that uses HTML5, jSON and jQuery.


2. Chartist.js

With this jQuery plugin developers can generate customizable responsive charts.


3. HighchartTable

Using this jQuery chart plugin developers can automatically convert HTML tables (which contain data) into graphs. HighchartTable jQuery plugin is simple to use, as no extra efforts are required.


4. Bootgrid

jQuery Bootgrid is sleek and intuitive. It is a control designed for bootstrap.


5. Pizza Pie Chart

Using this jQuery chart plugin developers can create pie charts representing pizza, which is different and attractive.


6. jqTimeline

This jQuery Timeline plugin is a simple plugin which displays a set of dates or events in a timeline.

7. Scatterplot.js

Using this jQuery chart plugin develperrs can create scatter plot charts.


8. jsPlumb

This jQuery plugin provides a path for web developers to connect elements visually on their web pages.


9. ReStable

ReStable is a lightweight jQuery chart plugin (1 Kb). This plugin makes tables responsive by collapsing them in the ul lists.


10. Peity

It is a simple jQuery plugin that converts the content or data into simple donut, pie, line and bar chart. This jQuery chart plugin is supported by almost every browser.

11. jqPlot

jqPlot is a versatile charting and plotting plugin that provides beautiful bar, line, pie and other charts.


12. JavaScript InfoVis Toolkit

With this plugin, Interactive Data Visualizations can be created for the web.


13. Sheetrock

This jQuery plugin is used for displaying, querying and retrieving data from Google Spreadsheets.

14. jChartFX

With this jQuery plugin developers can create commercial dashboards and business intelligence applications.


15. Chart.js

This jQuery chart plugin provides web developers and designers with clean, simple and engaging charts.

Top 15 jQuery Plugins for Website Designers

jQuery is the first choice for website designers because it is simple to use and has plenty of benefits and features. jQuery plugins enhance the front-end user experience to an entire new level. With jQuery , designers can change the font style, borders, background images, color contrast, and add animations, music or videos. Here are the top 15 best jQuery Plugins web developers can use:

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Create a Simple Popup Window HTML5 Dialog Tag

In this tutorial, We’ll see how easy it is to create dialogs using the <dialog> tag.
Modal dialogs (also known as dialog boxes) are pop-ups that open within your website or application. Pop-ups are used frequently on websites, such as a confirmation box asking you if you want to close a tab in a browser. These modal windows are some of the most common UI elements that we can find in websites. Oftentimes, we use jQuery plugins like jQuery UI Dialog, Twitter Bootstrap Modal, or Foundation Modals to create a dialog box. But recently, HTML5 has introduced a new tag called <dialog> that allows us to create a native modal window in an easier way. The only thing to keep in mind, however, is that the <dialog> tag is only supported by Google Chrome, Safari and Opera browsers. IE and Firefox still don’t support the


Setting The HTML Markup:

<dialog id="window">  
    <h3>Sample Dialog!</h3>  
    <p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit. Earum, inventore!</p>  
    <button id="exit">Close Dialog  
<button id="show">Show Dialog</button>  

Using the HTML markup above, the dialog will start in a hidden state, and given the above HTML structure, we will only see the Show Dialog button. To show the dialog window we can use its JavaScript API .show(), and use .close() to hide it. We can achieve that doing the following:


(function() {  
    var dialog = document.getElementById('window');  
    document.getElementById('show').onclick = function() {  
    document.getElementById('exit').onclick = function() {  

Clicking on the show dialog button will show the dialog box in the middle of the browser window. You probably noticed that the dialog looks so dull and unattractive.


The good news is that we can style that dialog using normal CSS, and that’s what we’re going to do now!:

dialog {  
    width: 500px;  
    border: 1px solid #dadada;
    padding: 5px 10px 20px 20px;

Using the very simple CSS above we were able to achieve a better looking dialog box as shown below:


Another interesting thing about the dialog element is that it will soon support a new pseudo-element called ::backdrop. It is used to style that typical dim background that we commonly find behind a dialog window. It lets visitors focus more on the dialog and hide everything else behind it.

Wrapping Up:
That’s it! We’ve created a popup dialog without plugins using only HTML and very simple Javascript. Because HTML has evolved so much in the last couple of years, it’s no longer only for constructing a web page. We can even build interactive UI with new HTML elements like

. I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial.

You can also check the working example here.

10 Responsive jQuery UI Snippets

jQuery has gained immense popularity due to its simplicity in designing websites and a number of other benefits and features. jQuery turned out to be a blessing because it saves designers time in not having to rewrite codes for every screen.

Here are some of the top fresh, simple and beautifully responsive jQuery UI snippets:

1.  ToneDen Player

ToneDen player is a pure Java Script customizable audio player. The UI is very simple and pleasing to the eye. With this snippet,  you have lot of options to change and increase the music experience. The ToneDen SDK is loaded asynchronously which means that the page doesn’t have to wait for SDK to load before rendering.


2. Pizza Pie Charts

This is an easy-to-use plugin for creating a pie chart on any device. Once you display a chart you can style it using SASS features. You can also use CSS to add specific color if you’re not opting for SASS. Once you are done with mark up and style simply initialize the pie chart by calling init function.


3. MultiScroll

This is a Java Script used to create divided multi-scrolling pages. It works with a powerful jQuery plugin by creating two vertical scrolling split pages. It is compatible with all mobile devices and a number of browsers. To use it simply link the script file in <head> tag and the code in <body> tag.


4. TourTip

TourTip is an interactive visual guide of all the elements on the web page. You can use this like a page guide and allow the users to learn the features and functions and  in complex, single-page applications. It is extremely flexible and lets you take the control of how people interact with you. You can add external images or content to display.


5. Tip Cards

Tip Cards allows you to create a card layout for users to flip through. It has been used widely to display blogs, web games or portfolio.


6. Slinky

This is a jQuery plugin used to create beautiful scrolling navigation lists with headers. It allows smooth scrolling because it is lightweight and disables pointer events. It is responsive for various sizes and compatible with all browsers.


7. Vanilla Box

This is a very simple, modern plugin for setting up image galleries. It totally focuses on content and is suitable for all modern browsers. Just link the script and CSS files in the <head> tag of HTML file and call the script.


8. Hashtabber

This plugin can be used for a hashchange-driven tabbed content switcher. There are few pre-set themes for it and you can customize it in several ways.


9. Anchorific

Anchorific automatically generates anchored headings and nested navigation based on header tags. It is easy to install and appropriate for one-page documentation files.


10. Unibox

This is a plugin for creating a universal search box with search suggestions.


jQuery UK 2015 is Almost Here

jQuery UK is back in March (March 6th to be exact) this year with a great line up of speakers.   Just in case you were interested in attending, we thought we would give you a quick breakdown of some of the speakers and what you can expect.  If you don’t feel like ponying up 250 Pounds (and I know I don’t), we expect some of the talks will be posted to YouTube.  Plus, it is only a one day event, but has some nice social events including jBeery (drinking of course) and jQuizzy (a jQuery trivia event).

The event also has some Workshops, but honestly the talks will be a lot more interesting.  So some of the speakers include Anne-Gaelle Colom, a Lecturer at the University of Westminster, where she specializes in mobile (she is also a part of the Mobile jQuery team).  Andy Hume, a software engineer at Twitter and Addy Osmani from Google round out the reps from the big boys.  Soledad Penades,  senior engineer at Mozilla will be speaking, and David Rousset will be talking about 3D integration with jQuery.  He heads up HTML5 and HTML5 gaming at Microsoft.  With Famo.us recently joining the jQuery Foundation, to offer an open-source physics framework for JQuery, this one will be especially interesting.

I’m especially excited to learn that Mark Otto will be giving a talk, he is a co-creator of Bootstrap and currently works at GitHub. Plus, as if you needed another reason to be geeked out, he once designed Britney Spears websites.  Alright, don’t hold it against him, I’m sure he got paid well.  Check out the event in more detail.

Again, most of us are probably not attending, but it’s great to see these jQuery events get the heavy hitters that they deserve.

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