Lately, there seems to have been an explosion of client-side CSS query. The current offerings are:
The free market tends to work in such a way as to saturate itself when consumer demand is high, but I really question the value of these engines. Was there really a demand for CSS querying of a document? Or was this some experiment that eventually led to a series of one-ups from developers looking for a challenge?
CSS queries also seem really inefficient and not very logical when compared to XPath queries, which is my favored DOM querying language (actually, I wish I could write style sheets to use XPath). In all my years as a frontend developer, I can’t remember a time when using a combination of
getElementsByTagName() didn’t get my job done fairly quickly. I’ve never had any use for queries looking for elements with a given class name, or ones that want to find all descendant nodes of a given one, or any other thing that CSS querying claims to offer over using the provided DOM methods. If I need explicit access to an element, I give it an ID, or if I need to access a series of elements, I group them under a container and give that element an ID. Am I missing something?