jQuery Makes Its Way Into WebSphere Commerce
WebSphere Commerce stores have used the Dojo framework for as long as I can remember. Dojo was one of the first widely available frameworks, and with its release, it enabled functionality that was previously thought out of reach. When IBM chose Dojo, it helped propel WebSphere Commerce to one of the best eBusiness solutions available. However, over the years, Dojo has begun to show its age. In the ever-evolving web development space, it was not able to capture the critical mass of users and developers fast enough. And as the mobile web and responsive sites become more and more important, it has not kept pace with some of the other utilities out there. As people have moved to modular solutions like bootstrap and react for more efficient page speeds, Dojo tried to be a jack of all trades.
With the announcement in recent years that the Dojo Foundation and jQuery Foundation would be merging, many have been wondering when jQuery would be integrated into WebSphere Commerce. With the Aurora jQuery store, this speculation is finally a reality. So now the question is “What does jQuery mean to us?” jQuery has a number of advantages that can impact both your site’s presentation as well as your development capabilities:
Ease of Use
Cross Browser Consistency
Page Load and Use Speed
What makes jQuery so special?
One of the biggest benefits of jQuery is the breadth of resources online. Documentation is extremely thorough, and the community is extremely helpful. Resources like Stack Overflow provide easy to find solutions to common problems. The community has also developed a robust collection of plugins to take care of any needs. From a homepage carousel, to an easy to implement type-ahead, to efficient field validation and form submission, a plugin has been developed for any complex UI/UX situation.
The other important tent post is performance. The jQuery framework prioritizes speed and footprint. At one-third the size of Dojo, it ensures that it loads as quickly as possible, regardless of internet speed. Its page timing methodology totes the line of executing as soon as possible while not interfering with the loading of the page. What these two things mean, are that your site will load sooner, and be interactive faster than with other tools. Google recommends that a commerce site loads in less than 2 seconds. For every millisecond wasted, you are losing conversions. jQuery helps ensure you can reach that goal.