Ben Nadel
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I am the chief technical officer at InVision App, Inc - a prototyping and collaboration platform for designers, built by designers. I also rock out in JavaScript and ColdFusion 24x7.
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jQuery And The Anticipation Of Greatness

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I have been using jQuery for a while now and the high has still not worn off. Even now, after I know what to expect, I find myself stopping in the middle of event wiring and thinking to myself, "This is so darn easy!" How is it possible that I'm still surprised as to how little jQuery code is required to make some really awesome stuff. It's just bananas. When I code in jQuery I am overwhelmed with this feeling that things are just falling into place. It's not like an adrenaline rush or anything - I'm trying to think of how to explain it... it's like when you think of something really funny to say and you're just waiting for your turn in the conversation and this feeling of anticipation builds inside of you; it's like that; it's like you have this anticipation of greatness. Now, not to say that the outcome of the coding will actually be great, but that the use of jQuery is so empowering that you kind of just assume that greatness will ensue.

Just a little stream of consciousness for you.

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Your excitement is awesome! I actually feel the same way when working with jQuery although I've only been using it briefly. It's quite a gem.

I honestly find myself stopping to laugh at times when I've done something in jQuery that was so easy and yet is so damn cool, especially when I think how long it would have taken if I were to have done the whole thing from scratch.

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I know what it's like. I've been using jQuery for over a month now, and I'm so in love with it's simplicity. Even clients now ask "this must have took you a long time to code"... I just play along and think of all the extra time I have to try out other stuff for them.

It's that feeling that keeps you up at night when you should be sleeping...

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I completely agree Ben! In fact, to quote the manager of my local CFUG, "I don't know how I got along without it!" I'd like to echo that sentiment too: How on earth did I get along without jQuery?

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Ben, I had to jack your post because it was awesome. I put it on my blog and posted it to the jQuery list. I'm glad that Glen got you hooked into jQuery. :)

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We came into contact with jquery in the middle of our redesign. If you can only image hoe much code has become obsolete and how much thinner its become.

I can only imagine that the destiny of jquery is to replace javascript itself.

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Yeah I can't count the number of times even in the last week that I look at something I've put together in jQuery and say "you've got to be fucking kidding me, that can't be all of the code". But yep there it is. It's an unbelievable joy to work with and at no point do you feel like you're using training wheels, just writing smarter.

Oh and hi Ben!

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I know the feeling! It happens whenever I get the chance to code in Ruby. Don't get me wrong, I'm a full-time ColdFusion programmer and love it too but if you haven't had the chance to experiment with Ruby and Ruby on Rails and you enjoy the 'oh my God is this code for real!?!?' sensation then I highly recommend you give it a try sometime.

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