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 You can also checkout the helper.js GitHub repo. A small demo HTML file is also available at  Please take a look.  Feedback is welcome.  Enjoy!

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