5 MORE Reasons to use jQuery

I previously wrote a post about 5 reasons to use jQuery but I felt like I was skipping some key points. Here are 5 MORE reasons to use jQuery:

1. Separation of Code from Content

One of the key design principles for good developers is separation of code from content. Adding new Javascript functionality is much easier when it’s all in one place instead of embedded within HTML tags strewn across many pages. This also makes updates much easier since you don’t have to worry about a massive Search/Replace.

2.Usability, User Interaction

Whether dynamically adding row striping, an animated dropdown, a date picker, or a rotating banner, jQuery allows you to go beyond HTML/CSS and add progressive enhancements which make sites easier to use. I would take this one step further and say a good UI with appropriate Javascript can make sites a joy to use.

3. Efficiency: “Write Less, Do More”

The ethos “Write Less, Do More” is one I will gladly get behind. With jQuery, there is a shorthand which allows you to quickly do things in the DOM. Here’s what should be a familiar example which applies to all PAS sites:

jQuery(".pas_data_table tbody tr:even").addClass("alt");

And when starting with Javascript, it’s much easier to debug a few elegant lines of jQuery code than the standard Javascript alternative.

4. Designer Friendly Markup

One of the things that got me into using jQuery versus other libraries was that it immediately made more sense. Given the example above, it’s pretty understandable even for a novice. Basically, this is how it works: “select the even table rows of a ‘pas_data_table’, add an ‘alt’ class”.

5. It’s a Standard

With companies like Google, Amazon, Twitter, Dell, NBC, ESPN and Twitter using it, you can be fairly certain it won’t be going away anytime soon. The large community and mass adoption will ensure this framework’s continued growth and development for years to come.

Reid Bill Update and Tony’s unfiltered post on 2+2

Update 1:00pm CST: Despite a report by the Las Vegas Sun last night, the Reid Bill is still alive and kicking. The Reid Camp said the Senator’s quotes in the Sun article were taken out of context and that the bill is still alive so the Sun was forced to retract their story. Republicans are publicly stating the bill has no shot to get attached to the Bush Tax Cuts while the Reid Camp is working hard to find a middle ground. Mainstream media sources like Forbes and FoxBusiness are now covering the story. Even Bloomberg weighed in on how the possibility of a US Poker Bill is affecting BWIN’s stock.

I posted this in the Legislation Forum on 2+2 last night and figured our blog readers might want to read it.

I guess I will throw my two cents into the discussion.

Long time poker player turned internet marketer, I got into the business side of the poker industry about 2.5 years ago. I work for a marketing company who’s core business has been online poker for quite some time (we have recently expanded into other industries). I go to the gaming conferences in Europe, talk to the poker rooms on a daily basis, and have poker room owners I chat with who will speak candidly with me at times.

As ZBhorton’s source pointed out, the cat (US Govt) and mouse (poker room processors) game is an integral part of this industry. It has become increasingly harder for rooms to partner with processors who 1. have clean track records and 2. can facilitate the volume and nature of their deposits/withdrawals.

The deposit/withdrawal game has changed significantly in the last 12 months. The DOJ understands there is gray area in the UIGEA and I believe is not willing to risk losing a case against a room because of the precedent it would set (and because they are arrogant). So they have invested their time and effort into higher converting cases against processors, where the law is a lot more black and white. We will see more and more processors shut down, and at a much higher frequency than before. Which in turn, will make it much harder for players to deposit.

I do believe FTP and Stars support this bill. Their execs aren’t stupid and can see the writing on the wall. Their time in the US market is limited. Their best shot (revenue wise) is to sell or partner with US gaming companies. At the very least, they could get hefty consulting or software contracts.

While Stars, FTP, and PPA have their seat at the bargaining table, it’s a high chair compared to the seats owned by Las Vegas. The US Casino industry has had deep ties in DC for a long time. It truly is David (stars/ftp/ppa) vs. Goliath (US Casinos). Because of this, I believe there is little chance that stars or ftp are allowed back into the US market without Las Vegas having a substantial edge: 2 year head start, different regulations, etc.

This is first and foremost a Las Vegas bill. It will be written for their benefit. If the Reid bill doesn’t pass we will probably see similar bills with similar verbage: blackout periods, no stars/ftp, state opt -in (imo it’s a must for a bill to pass), etc. I do think this bill is our best shot at regulation for quite some time. We desperately need it to preserve the games and to also protect our individual freedoms.

Ok, back to sweating this bill and wearing out my F5 key.

Internet Poker Regulation Bill Alive or Dead?

UPDATE: The Las Vegas Sun has retracted their original article. They now claim the Reid Bill is still on the lame duck agenda. The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that the Bill is in fact still a work in progress. Follow PAS on Twitter @PokerAM for the latest news on the Reid Bill.

The Las Vegas Sun published an online article today at 3pm CST stating that the Harry Reid online poker bill is dead. The Sun wrote “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told the Las Vegas Sun after a press conference this afternoon that despite a flurry of last-minute lobbying, he would not be adding legalization of online poker to his list of objectives during the lame duck.”

The article includes a quote from Harry Reid after his press conference this afternoon:

“We’re still working on that, we’re not able to,” Reid said.

It’s hard to read too much into the quote. But one could assume Reid is saying that they are still trying to get a bill to go through but it won’t be during the lame duck session.

This is the only source I can find that discusses the news of the bill being taken off of the agenda. I find it very strange that the Las Vegas Sun would break the news of the Reid bill dying. When you consider all of the major media sources who are covering the Bush Tax cuts, it seems odd that the Sun would be the one to break the news. Of course given the money and power behind the bill (Las Vegas), the news does affect the Las Vegas community more than most communities around the US.

There is still a lot of speculation swarming around the web on the death of the Reid Bill. Pokerati’s DC reporter Scarlet Robinson recently tweeted “hearing from ppl in DC that the bill is NOT dead”. Also keep in mind that hours before the UIGEA went through there were multiple reports out of Washington that the UIGEA was dead in the water. So who really knows at this point.

I will be updating the PAS blog if more sources come out to back up the Las Vegas Sun story. Until then, you can find me hitting F5 on 2+2 and Twitter 🙂