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October 10th, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

For me is difficult to write such post, but…
It is over a year and half from the first release of jqGrid. At the begining I created this plugin for my own needs, since I do not have find any practical and easy for use grid software. I never believe that this plugin will be so popular and used from jQuery community.
In every new release I added more and more features thanks to jQuery community. From this point it was a very natural to have a separate site and support form, which help me and help you to resolve any kind of problems related to jqGrid.
This of course cost me a lot of time and work. During this year and half there was only one contribution to jqGrid.
Many people asked me why I do not have Donation button? Any attempt to add such button ends with no success. The reason for this, let say, are the laws in my Country regarding the donations.
I have make a decision to add a Paid Support as alternative to Donation. The sums of course will be symbolic.
I think that this will help us to provide a high quality and well documented and supported jqGrid.
It is important to note that jqGrid is and will be in the future a Open Source software.

In this connection I want hear – What is the opinion of the community?
In all cases I will take your opinion in consideration.
I aplogize for my not good English.

Thank you
Tony Tomov

P.S. Next week I will publish jqGrid Roadmap.

  1. October 10th, 2008 at 18:36 | #1

    We have just started the project migrating away from the Infragistics grids to jqGrid, and we would be HAPPY to pay for support. I think it is important to know some smaller companies can only afford $25 maybe $50. While other larger software companies would gladly pay $100-$200. Once we prove that we can migrate to jqGrid, we plan on making a “donation” of $250.

  2. Anthony Aragues
    October 10th, 2008 at 22:25 | #2

    I prefer ExtJs. I am forced to use JQuery for my job. jqGrid is one of the few bright spots for me in using JQuery. I too am happy to pay for support if/when needed. I would also like to contribute some modules. I would rather you get paid for the support of them than to deal with it myself 🙂 I am also happy that there is a way for you to get paid for your efforts on a wonderful project and keep it open source at the same time. Thanks for you contribution of this project and I hope the support model works out well for you.

  3. CJ Orata
    October 11th, 2008 at 10:45 | #3

    This is without no doubt a professional plug-in. I think it’s a shame that no one ever gave you a small fee, considering that most of that people probably used the plug-in in commercial projects (in other words probably they gained money using your plug-in and gave you nothing back) …

  4. October 11th, 2008 at 16:38 | #4

    This package is so important to the success of my project that I would certainly be willing to pay. Never would I have been able to learn javascript and jQuery well enough to have done this myself (which is why I am nnot contributing code) and it is hard to have a professional web-app now without it. More than that, your help on specific problems has always been greatly appreciated.

  5. donb
    October 11th, 2008 at 23:58 | #5

    It is unfortunate that people are not more willing to donate for ‘free’ software. I do so regularly, and had looked for a donate button here. We are all software developers, and most if not all are getting paid for that. We should take care of those who put so much effort into making our jobs easier. The software is free but Tony’s dedicated work is not.

    Give me a way to donate or buy paid support and I will. I only found this plugin yesterday and have accomplished so much that I want to give something for all the work it has saved me.

  6. donb
    October 12th, 2008 at 00:01 | #6

    And I forgot to mention that this is surely the best-documented web component I have ever seen. It should serve as a model to the jQuery core team. Perhaps they should hire you, Tony.

  7. emjay
    October 12th, 2008 at 18:37 | #7

    I just want to say thanks for all your hard work. I love this plugin. Very easy to use, and extremely intuitive!

  8. October 12th, 2008 at 20:33 | #8

    I agree with donb on the documentation. This is without a doubt one of the best documented pieces of software, better than most commercial software.

    Tony, put up the donate button!

  9. October 14th, 2008 at 03:46 | #9

    This grid rocks! We are using it for our new greenbill.com app.
    We would be happy to pay for a support deal.

  10. davidelewis
    October 15th, 2008 at 00:59 | #10

    I work for a federal government department, so we cannot “donate” to a project – however purchasing support for a product (whether open-source or closed-source) is possible … 🙂

  11. murdoc
    October 16th, 2008 at 09:17 | #11

    I ‘m so glad to give you some support.jqGrid really help me alot in my past work.
    This is without no doubt a great plug-in. Thanks!

  12. October 17th, 2008 at 09:22 | #12


    Main futures of my site are ajax tables with hidden keys and on-row click functions. It would be interesting if you can make the same futures in jgrid.

    Kind Regards,

  13. Wade Harrell
    October 24th, 2008 at 20:40 | #13

    I discovered your project while looking for some information relating to the Flexgrid project http://www.webplicity.net/flexigrid/ (using that in my site now but need to extend a few bits)

    That project and yours are very very similar, there is a large amount of feature overlap, and I suspect code as well. Unfortunately I have a feeling Flexgrid may be losing some momentum and I suggested in their forums http://groups.google.com/group/flexigrid that they perhaps consider joining or partnering with you. The combined communities
    would provide more momentum than either one on it’s own.

  14. Matthew Snow
    October 28th, 2008 at 00:52 | #14


    I don’t know what the licensing rules are in the open source world, but it would seem that you should be able to have a “Professional” release and an open source release. Perhaps additional features rolled out in the professional, or just a level of support. The problem with paid support is that one only pays for it when it is necessary and it might discourage open forums.

    Any way, given the problems of donations in you home land, you seem to be in a conundrum.


  15. Andrea Brunelli
    October 31st, 2008 at 01:43 | #15

    Your plug-in is great !
    Also in my view it has much in common with FlexiGrid, that is great too but not documented at all ! I would make a donation if I would have the chance. Please, consider exchanging your knowledge with flexigrid team: the community need it ! I’m a Domino developer and I can assure you that it is a nightmare when it comes to display reports on the web. I’ve downloaded your plug-in hoping that it will help me.

  16. October 31st, 2008 at 21:46 | #16

    I will pay for support or donation. This plugin is God sent. Love it love it love it!!! Thanks Tony.

  17. Robert
    November 4th, 2008 at 20:28 | #17

    I will be using this plug-in for a corporate intranet site I am developing. Paid support or a donation is certainly reasonable in exchange for this great product. When such an option becomes available, I will do my best to see some money gets sent your way.

  18. softer
    November 11th, 2008 at 16:08 | #18

    Where is the roadmap? 🙂

  19. fontzter
  20. November 28th, 2008 at 15:10 | #20


    I would gladly contribute to the project (just small stuff, but it’s a start!) if it would be accessible from GitHub (http://www.github.com) – I have all my code there and I really like the model which makes it dead easy for anyone to contribute.

  21. February 4th, 2009 at 01:24 | #21

    Where can I susbcribe to the paid support? I am starting to use Jqgrid and want to contribute. If more poeple like us could pay just $10, you were rich, and well rewarded for your terrific piece of software. I am a freelance developer for 25 years so far, happy to work alone, not belonging to a huge company, but I wont lose my house if I contribute with $10 for every piece of good code I use or reuse! Regards form Argentina.

  22. May 22nd, 2009 at 13:20 | #22

    Zdrasti ot Германия.

    After spending some time over flexigrid i gave up due to the “bad” documentation. I love the documentation quality of jquery grid. This is an amazing piece of work. I just started implementing a wrapper to use the jquery grid in a java server based approach with echo3. The roadmap is very promising and as soon as my wrapper works I will “donate”.

    PS: Iam missing a bug tracker like “Jira” or “Trac”. Why don’t you grab a free open source license? If you like i will help you with it.

  23. Geoff Sutton
    November 5th, 2010 at 22:16 | #23

    Hello Tony,

    I (like so many others) am a huge fan of your control. I have, however, run into a few problems. I am integrating your grid into an ASP.NET server control and it’s giving me errors whenever I try to implement the pager function to allow me to insert data to the table. It’s giving me the b.jgrid.formatter.integer is not an object. I have read other posts and made sure I have the language file in place before the jqGrid file. I will happily email you code if you would like.

    Thanks so much,

  24. jquerz
    November 24th, 2010 at 05:17 | #24

    Hi Tony,

    Jqgrid is a great plugin. The best ever. Jquery community appreciates your efforts in this great project.


  25. December 5th, 2010 at 19:38 | #25

    Hi Tony,

    I feel ashamed that I haven’t contributed yet.
    I can’t pay much, but considering that jqGrid has saved me countless hours, I think it’s definitely worth it!

    Keep up the good work!

    Best Regards,

  26. Yensee
    May 10th, 2011 at 05:16 | #26


    This is one of the best constructed data-grid framework. I hope one fine day I will be able to pay you for your outstanding work. I started recommending your code for many enterprise web projects which I come across.

    This is gonna be a largest open source ever…


  27. Pete Clark
    June 30th, 2011 at 00:13 | #27

    I have been trying to contact Tony for some paid support over the last couple of days, with no response.

    Is he still around?

  28. Micheale
    March 9th, 2012 at 10:28 | #28

    Hi Mr Tony,

    Thank you for the effort.

    Do you conduct training for developer on JQGrid Advance enchancement?

    Example: For Create & Edit UI. I want it to be in Tab Page. Step 1 >> Step 2 >> Step 3

    This to make the form look nicer & clean.

    Or in Section Method with Box.

    If you do provide course/training for advance, i could request my boss permission to attend it. Just let me know the cost. I am from Malaysia. Either we fligh there or you flight here. Depend on my management decision. I just wanted to find out more, before can talk to them.

    Appreciate for your kind reply.


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