Introducing the helper.js Library

I have decided to put together my own JavaScript utility library, named helper.js.  This is an idea I’ve been tossing around for a while, but today I decided to actually sit down and start coding.  I want something that I can keep cross-browser, lightweight, and useful.  Some things of particular interest are the DOM, AJAX, and feature detection.  I’m thinking jQuery meets Modernizr, but on a diet.

I must touch on a few things up front.

  1. As far as browser compatibility, I plan to support the major browsers back to Internet Explorer 8.  I reluctantly decided to include IE8 because Windows XP users are stranded there.  I have absolutely no intention of supporting IE 6 or 7.
  2. I have a lot going on personally and professionally, so I’m not sure how much time I will be able to invest in this project.  We’ll see what happens if the project takes off.

The library is freely available for use at http://cjihrig.com/helper/helper.js. You can also checkout the helper.js GitHub repo. A small demo HTML file is also available at http://www.cjihrig.com/helper/helper.htm.  Please take a look.  Feedback is welcome.  Enjoy!


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