Introducing jqalert - The jQuery-empowered alert() replacement

by Jon Davis 22. March 2008 16:59

I'm releasing a beta build of something I've been working on called jqalert. It's basically a nice, skinnable modal dialog box that defaults to have a certain "fade-in" feel I wanted to have.

Here's the current project URL:  

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I built this having been inspired by a few other similar libraries out there, including:

What sets jqalert apart is that it is a) specifically an alert() replacement, b) prefab'd to be functionally comparable to Visual Basic's MsgBox, which allows the user to set the title and the icon (and the buttons, too, but jqalert currently only supports OK), while c) also adding a lot of customizeability.

What does "specifically an alert() replacement" really mean, when other tools do the same basic thing? It's about the execution...

  • As quick and simple to use as possible: jqalert(message); or jqalert(message, title);
  • Predictable "windowing" appearance; universally recognizeable.
  • You get a titlebar.
  • You can drag the alert window around with the titlebar, for those "emergencies" where you might need to peek back behind the alert window, without closing out the message. 
  • You get an OK button.
  • The OK button claims focus, so that you can close it by just hitting spacebar or enter.
  • The OK button reclaims focus if it loses focus by clicking elsewhere in the alert window.
  • Modality blocks UI.

kick it on

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Jon Davis (aka "stimpy77") has been a programmer, developer, and consultant for web and Windows software solutions professionally since 1997, with experience ranging from OS and hardware support to DHTML programming to IIS/ASP web apps to Java network programming to Visual Basic applications to C# desktop apps.
Software in all forms is also his sole hobby, whether playing PC games or tinkering with programming them. "I was playing Defender on the Commodore 64," he reminisces, "when I decided at the age of 12 or so that I want to be a computer programmer when I grow up."

Jon was previously employed as a senior .NET developer at a very well-known Internet services company whom you're more likely than not to have directly done business with. However, this blog and all of have no affiliation with, and are not representative of, his former employer in any way.

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