10 Javascript Libraries for Every Web Project

10 Javascript Libraries for Every Web Project

In this article, we are going to discuss 10 useful Javascript libraries that you need to use in almost every web project. We will discuss the following libraries along with their use:

  1. Sweetalert
  2. Datetime Picker by XD Soft
  3. Socket IO
  4. DataTable
  5. RichText
  6. PDFObject
  7. Vue JS
  8. Notify JS
  9. Chart JS
  10. TimeCircles

1. Sweetalert

Sweetalert is a JS library used to display alert messages. You can also use it for displaying confirm messages i.e. ask for the user’s confirmation before performing any action. To display a simple alert message:

swal("Message goes here");

To display an alert with a title:

swal("My Title", "Text goes here");

Success alert:

swal("Done", "Your message goes here", "success");

Error alert:

swal("Error", "Error message goes here", "error");

For confirmation dialog:

swal({
	title: "Confirm",
	text: "Are you sure, this data will be removed ?",
	icon: "warning",
	buttons: true,
	dangerMode: true,
})
.then((isOkay) => {
	if (isOkay) {
		//
	}
});

Learn more about how to use the confirmation dialog properly from here. You can also use it as a prompt:

swal("Enter your name:", {
    content: "input",
})
.then((value) => {
    if (value == "") {
        return false;
    }
    console.log(value);
});

You can read more about it from their official page.

2. Datetime Picker by XD Soft

It is a JS library that is used to display a calendar with a date and time picker. You can use it to get the user’s date of birth during registration. The basic usage is, you need to give your input field a unique ID:

<input type="text" id="datetimepicker" />

Then you can display the datetimepicker by calling the function:

jQuery("#datetimepicker").datetimepicker();

Make sure you have jQuery included in your project, this library requires jQuery. You can see this library in action from here. The complete documentation of this library is found on their official page.

3. Socket IO

Socket IO is used for real-time communication. If you are working on a feature that requires data from the server after regular intervals, there are 2 options to achieve this:

  1. Polling
  2. Sockets

Polling

This technique requires calling an AJAX request to the server every few seconds. This will overload the server with a lot of requests. There will be a lot of unnecessary requests to the server and if you have a lot of users, then your website might get crashed.

Sockets

The solution to the above problem is the sockets. Sockets attach a listener to the client-side and emit events from the server. The client is continuously listening to that event, whenever that event is received, the client will perform the action accordingly.

The difference between Polling and Sockets can be explained by this example:

For example, you are going on a trip with your family. Your Dad is driving the car and you are in the back seat. And you are continuously asking your Dad “did we reached the destination ?” every few minutes. This is Polling.

And in the other case, you ask your Dad “please inform me when we reach our destination”. Now you are silently listening to your Dad, who will send an event to you only when you reached your destination. This is Socket.

Learn how to use sockets with Node JS. Complete documentation can be found on their official page.

4. DataTable

This library is used to display data in tabular form. It has a built-in search feature, that allows you to search the entire table. You can search value from any row from any column. The search is case insensitive so you do not have to worry about capital or small letters.

It also has a sorting feature that allows you to sort the data based on any column. It also allows you to decide how many records you want to show on one page (e.g. 25, 50, 75, or 100). It has built-in pagination based on the number of records you are displaying on one page.

Its usage is rather simple. You just need to give your table tag a unique ID:

<table id="table"></table>

Then in your Javascript, simply initialize the library:

$("#table").DataTable();

It also requires jQuery to be included in your project. You can see this library in action from here. You can learn more about it from their official page.

5. RichText

This library applies to your textarea tag. It makes your text area as WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get). It enhances the Textarea field and gives it more options like:

  1. Text formatiing (font size, bold, italic, underline, color).
  2. Text alignment (left, center, right, justify).
  3. Headings & paragraphs.
  4. Upload images.
  5. Attach URLs.
  6. Adding tables.
  7. Or you can even add HTML tags too.

Its usage is almost the same as the DataTable library. You need to give your textarea a unique ID:

<textarea id="content" name="content"></textarea>

And in your Javascript, you need to initialize it like this:

$("#content").richText();

This library also requires jQuery to be included. Full documentation of this library can be found here.

6. PDFObject

When working with PDF files, if you want to show PDF files from your website, you have 3 options:

  1. Make the PDF file downloadable, so user can view it offline too.
  2. Display the PDF in a new window or tab.
  3. Embed the PDF in your website specific section.

This library fulfills the 3rd approach. It embeds the PDF file in your website using a div tag. Place a div tag anywhere in your code where you want to show the PDF file:

<div id="pdf"></div>

Then in your Javascript, initialize the library with a URL of the PDf file:

PDFObject.embed("my-file.pdf", "#pdf");

More information can be found on pdfobject.com.

7. Vue JS

Vue JS is more a framework than a library. But since it can be integrated with any project whether it is in core PHP, Laravel, WordPress, or Node JS, it can be called a library. You can learn all functions of it from their official guide. You can check our following projects developed in Vue JS:

  1. Picture Competition Web App – Vue JS, Node JS, Mongo DB
  2. Firebase Storage – Vue JS
  3. Financial Ledger Web App – Vue JS, Node JS, Mongo DB

You will learn a lot about Vue JS from the above projects.

8. Notify JS

This lightweight library is used to display notification pop-ups on the corners of the browser window. This library also requires jQuery to be included before using it. Its usage is extremely easy, you simply need to call the following function when you want to show the notification:

$.notify("New message");

By default, it displays a pop-up on the top right, but you can decide the position of it. You can learn more about this library from here.

9. Chart JS

As the name suggests, this library is used to draw charts and graphs on your website. You can show statistics to the users using this library. It uses canvas to render charts. The following code will create a simple bar chart:

<canvas id="myChart" width="400" height="400"></canvas>
<script>
var ctx = document.getElementById('myChart').getContext('2d');
var myChart = new Chart(ctx, {
    type: 'bar',
    data: {
        labels: ['Red', 'Blue', 'Yellow', 'Green', 'Purple', 'Orange'],
        datasets: [{
            label: '# of Votes',
            data: [12, 19, 3, 5, 2, 3],
            backgroundColor: [
                'rgba(255, 99, 132, 0.2)',
                'rgba(54, 162, 235, 0.2)',
                'rgba(255, 206, 86, 0.2)',
                'rgba(75, 192, 192, 0.2)',
                'rgba(153, 102, 255, 0.2)',
                'rgba(255, 159, 64, 0.2)'
            ],
            borderColor: [
                'rgba(255, 99, 132, 1)',
                'rgba(54, 162, 235, 1)',
                'rgba(255, 206, 86, 1)',
                'rgba(75, 192, 192, 1)',
                'rgba(153, 102, 255, 1)',
                'rgba(255, 159, 64, 1)'
            ],
            borderWidth: 1
        }]
    },
    options: {
        scales: {
            y: {
                beginAtZero: true
            }
        }
    }
});
</script>

There are many graphs & charts provided by this library. You can learn the implementation of all chars from their official page.

10. TimeCircles

This is used to create a countdown timer. You can set the date and the timer will start counting down till that time. This also requires jQuery on your website. Its usage is simple, you just need to give a data-date attribute to the div tag where you want to show the countdown timer. data-date attribute’s value will be the date and time when the timer hits zero. Give it a unique ID so it can be accessible in Javascript.

<div data-date="2021-10-12 23:02:55" id="count-down"></div>

Then in your Javascript, initialize the countdown timer with the following function:

$("#count-down").TimeCircles();

Learn How to Create a Dynamic Countdown Timer. Download the library from here.

What’s Next

You should learn all the libraries above and create small programs in them. But then you need to create a web application where you should apply all the above libraries together. We are going to give you a simple task that helps you learn how to combine all libraries together to create great web applications.

Assignment

Create a simple website that inputs date using DateTimePicker, description using RichText, an input field to upload PDF files and a submit button. When the submit button is pressed, it should show a message using Sweetalert that the message has been sent. It should send an event to the server using Socket IO and the other user should receive that event and display the description in a table using DataTable.

Another user should also see a notification using NotifyJS that a new event has been received. You need to show a countdown timer using TimeCircles till the date field value ends. You should also display the uploaded PDF file in a div tag using the PDFObject library.

Complete assignment’s frontend should be done in Vue JS. If you face any problem in doing this assignment, kindly do let us know in the comments section below.

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