Juice UI: Open source ASP.NET Web Forms components for jQuery UI widgets

This morning at MVP Summit, Scott Hunter just announced a new open source project fromappendTo called Juice UI. Juice UI is a collection of Web Forms components which make it incredibly easy to leverage jQuery UI widgets in ASP.NET Web Forms applications. You can start using it right away by adding the JuiceUI NuGet package to your app, and you're welcome to go nuts with the source, which is dual licensed under MIT and GPL.

Basically this is a version of the AjaxControlToolkit powered by jQuery and jQueryUI.

I’m kind of torn on this. On one hand, I can see the place that toolkits like this have in the development ecosystem – they enable people to add shiny Ajax-like functionality to an ASP.NET website without needing a great deal of JavaScript knowledge.

However on the other hand, they enable people to add shiny Ajax-like functionality to an ASP.NET website without needing a great deal of JavaScript knowledge.

An important thing to remember is that often the worst abuse of toolkits like this came alongside our good friend the UpdatePanel. If you take that out of the mix then things might not be so bad, however I often saw them go hand in hand together.

Anyway, while the first comment nails what this is (“A wrapper (Juice) of a wrapper (jQuery UI) of a wrapper (jQuery) of a wrapper (JavaScript). That's  what ASP.NET WebForms needs, more abstractions.”), there’s still a place for toolkits like this in the world, especially if they’re well done.

Plus, they do look pretty neat:

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Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 5:12 PM |

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