This year there has been a lot of rumour around the release of HTML 5. It does have some great rich features, but that’s not what this article is about. Why? Because of the browser legacy the average gaming- or media portal is facing… Especially sites trying to target a worldwide audience can bump into serious browser issues. Per continent you have different versions of browsers you have to consider when developing. Even Internet Explorer 6 still has a big enough market share you have to take it into account.
The real strength lies in the plug-ins that have specially been developed for this framework and take some ‘every day’ development work from your hands. This goes from easy embed of video and flash content, to drag and drop, advanced AJAX functionality and a lot more just at your fingertips! The product has excellent support from extensive manuals and an active community. The jQuery is supported with excellent documentation, shared tutorials and an active forum. Here you can ask all of your jQuery related questions.
Still I have noticed some essential functionalities lack in jQuery for a gaming or media portal. The first one would be a script showing advertising in front of the game, while it is preloading. Some refer to it as “game preloader with ads”. I have used it on my Balloon Tower Defense portal. Another would be a decent frontend for rating content (mostly a 5-star rating module). I have already written a tutorial for showing ads while a game is loading, you can find it here: http://www.balloontowerdefense.net/jquery-preloader/jquery-preloader.html. It is complete with all the files you need and a working example of the code you can even copy-paste.