Half-baked tutorials and plugins have been stacking up for months in my virtual kitchen, waiting for me to fire up the oven, finish the cooking, and spread them out on the table. For some reason, though, I’ve become less and less sure about whether I’ve put all the right ingredients into the mix. It’s irritating, to be sure, but I’m tired of fretting about it. I’m going to consider this the first of what I hope to be many “taste tests” — experiments in various degrees of completion thrown against the wall to see what, if anything, sticks.
As some of you may know, the online jQuery documentation went through a major overhaul in January of this year, coinciding with the release of jQuery 1.4. Packt Publishing “open sourced” the jQuery 1.4 Reference Guide that Jonathan Chaffer and I had been writing, allowing us to put its entire contents (and more) on api.jquery.com. Some of you may also know that the raw XML content of the site is available as a single file, which has allowed other sites such as jqapi.com and idocs.brandonaaron.net to provide alternative views of that content. But what most of you probably do not know is that the jQuery API has been available for quite some time as a searchable API that returns the results in JSON format.