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I recently came across a very nice jQuery control library called jQuery Tools. The library features the following JavaScript tools :

  1. Tabs
  2. Tooltips
  3. Expose
  4. Overlay
  5. Scrollable
  6. FlashEmbed

So now you are thinking “Whats so great about this? We already have tons of jQuery plugins for this…”. I thought so too.

The striking advantage of this library is that these tools can be combined, extended and styled, giving you potentially unlimited options for creating customized widgets for your web pages. The website also features great and detailed examples to help you get started, and features some of the best practices recommended by Yahoo engineers. [ref : Best Practices for speeding up your website]

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Although there are tons of charting / reporting plugins ranging from inline charts to flash charts, each one is unique in terms of technology, footprint or usage. I needed something compatible with jQuery and supported many as many chart types as possible. Here is the pick list:

1. jQuery Google Charting (http://www.keith-wood.name/gChart.html)

This plugin allows you to leverage the power and simplicity of Google Reporting. Easy to use with detailed examples, and wide support for chart types makes this an impressive must see.

2. Flot (http://code.google.com/p/flot/)

This plugin is very similar to its prototype counterpart Flotr. Again kudos for good examples and an excellent plugin.

3. Canvas Chart Plugin (http://www.filamentgroup.com/lab/creating_accessible_charts_using_canvas_and_jquery/)

Another great plugin, but does have a few rough edges on the cross-browser compatibility due to the issue of canvas tag support in some browsers like IE. Luckily there’s a good plugin to solve this problem, which they have also mentioned on their website.

Prestashop is a welcome addition to the list Open source e-commerce solutions. The solution is completely configured with two sections, the front end; which deals with the online store’s user interface and the back end; which provides various tools to configure products, categories and other usual product related stuff. What sets Prestashop apart is its robustness and ease of use, making it very simple to install and configure. The upcoming versions plan on supporting Google Checkout, downloadable pdf catalogs and much more. Check it out…

Open Source e-Commerce Solution

Open Source e-Commerce Solution