15 Latest JavaScript Libraries to Enhance Your Web Experience

A JavaScript library can be considered as a library of pre-written JavaScript which helps developers to easily develop JavaScript-based applications, especially for AJAX and other web-centric technologies.

The primary use of JavaScript is to write functions that are embedded in or included from HTML pages and interact with the Document Object Model (DOM) of the page. Because JavaScript code can run locally in a user’s browser (rather than on a remote server), the browser can respond to user actions quickly, making an application more responsive.

Furthermore, JavaScript code can detect user actions which HTML alone cannot, such as individual keystrokes. Because JavaScript is the only language that the most popular browsers share support for, it has become a target language for many frameworks in other languages, even though JavaScript was never intended to be such a language.

We have compiled 15 Innovative and new JavaScript Libraries for developers which will surely enhance and improve one’s Web experience whether you are a Developer or regular web-user. The following JavaScript Libraries can be used to produce a variety of dynamic browser effects which will make your user’s online experience more interactive

1. Pikaday : Standalone JavaScript Datepicker

It is pretty hard to find a simple-yet-functional and good looking datepicker script. The most popular one is probably the jQuery UI’s picker but it is heavy in size for any project that actually does only need a datepicker. Pikaday is a standalone JavaScript datapicker which is small in size (<5kb) and can work well with Moment.js if advanced formatting is needed. The design of the picker can be easily customized with CSS (the default style already looks good) and offers “quick year switching”.

2. Mailcheck

Mailcheck.js is a Javascript library and jQuery plugin that suggests a right domain when your users misspell it in an email address. When your user types in “user@hotnail.con”, Mailcheck will suggest “user@hotmail.com”. Mailcheck will offer up suggestions for top level domains too, and suggest “.com” when a user types in “user@hotmail.cmo”. Mailcheck helps reduce typos in email addresses during sign ups. It can reduce the sign up confirmation email bounces by 50%. Mailcheck included default domains are yahoo.com, google.com, hotmail.com, gmail.com, me.com, aol.com, mac.com, live.com, comcast.net, googlemail.com, msn.com, hotmail.co.uk, yahoo.co.uk, facebook.com, verizon.net, sbcglobal.net, att.net, gmx.com, and mail.com. The included default top level domains are com, net, org, info, edu, gov, co.uk, and mil.

3. BonsaiJS

BonsaiJS is a lightweight graphics library with an intuitive graphics API and an SVG renderer. The main features include Architecturally separated runner and renderer, iFrame, Worker and Node running contexts, Shapes, Paths, Assets (Videos, Images, Fonts, SubMovies), Keyframe and regular animation (easing functions too), Shape/path morphing, and much more…

4. Review

ReView is a tiny JavaScript library that allows visitors to switch between the layouts on request.It analyses the initial viewport + meta tag if available and displays a link/button to the visitor for instantly switching to the other viewport with no refreshes, all JavaScript. The view preference is automatically stored via HTML5 sessionStorage and a plugin architecture exists for extending its features.

5. Lenticular.js

Lenticular.js is a jQuery plugin for creating image animations that response to tilting or mouse events. The plugin is built with mobile browsers in mind (tilting) but can also be used for desktop browsers (mouse). It is pretty easy-to-setup. Just create a sequence of images (that are named like image-1.jpg, image-2.jpg), define the folder of the images and the number of the frames and you are almost done.

6. Jarallax

Jarallax is a feature-rich JavaScript library for easily creating and customizing parallax scrolling effects. The library enables user to manipulate CSS using keyframes and it supports custom controllers. These controllers, compared to time-based animations, allows us to decide the events that animations will react to (scrolling, mouse gestures, etc.).

7. jsPDF

jsPDF, a free JavaScript library, doesn’t need any server-side script and can create PDF files on the client-side. It has support for text (styling is possible), drawing shapes and images. Also, the document can be set as landscape and metadata like subject an title can be added as well. The library works with no requirements in modern browsers and has a Flash-fallback for the others.

8. Enquire.js

Enquire.js is a standalone JavaScript library for programmatically responding to CSS media queries. The library allows us to define any number of media queries and fire events when they are matched (or not matched). It is lightweight 1kb in size when minified + gzipped and makes any type of “if screen size is bigger/smaller than this, do that with JavaScript” possible.

9. jsDraw2DX : SVG Graphics Library

jsDraw2DX is a standalone JavaScript library for creating any type of interactive graphics with SVG (and VML for old IE browsers). Besides the ability to generate all basic shapes like line, rectangle, polygon, circle, ellipse, arc, etc., the library can draw curves, beziers (any degree), function plots, images and decorated text.

10. oriDomi

oriDomi is a JavaScript library for beautifully folding up any HTML element just like a paper.
The library doesn’t depend on any JavaScript frameworks (but has optional support for jQuery) and uses CSS 3D transitions for creating the effect. Folding is performed as an animated event where the number of vertical/horizontal slices, speed and shading can all be set. There are multiple effects and events provided: accordion, reveal, curl, collapse, ramp, foldUp, unfold and reset. oriDomi is compatible with all modern browsers (including mobile).

11. Holder.js

Holder.js renders image placeholders entirely on the client side. It works both online and offline, and offers a chainable API to style and create placeholders with ease. It works both online and offline, and offers a chainable API to style and create placeholders with ease.

12. Mousetrap

Mousetrap is a simple library for handling keyboard shortcuts in Javascript. It is around 1.6kb minified and gzipped and 3kb minified, has no external dependencies. The bind method is the main call you will be making. This will bind a specified keyboard command to a callback method.

13. Recline.js

Recline.js is a simple but powerful library for building data applications in pure Javascript and HTML. It supplies components and structure to data-heavy applications by providing a set of models (Dataset, Record/Row, Field) and views (Grid, Map, Graph etc).
You can view and edit your data in clean grid interface. You can also bulk update or clean your data using an easy scripting UI. Recline.js is freely redistributable under the terms of the MIT license.

14. Sweet.js

Sweet.js brings hygienic macros from languages like Scheme and Rust to JavaScript. Macros allow you to sweeten the syntax of JavaScript and craft the language you’ve always wanted.

15. Annotator

Annotator is a JavaScript library that allows multiple users to annotate web pages with an intuitive interface. It is installed by simply inserting the library into the web pages and defining few settings. The annotations can either be stored in a free service called AnnotateIt or locally.

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    Just the thing i was looking for….

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