jQuery Birthday, 1.3 Born, OpenSource Lives On

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Cruising about, looking for some material about javascript for a post I'm writing, and I find this post at Ajaxian.

Happy Birthday jQuery! v1.3 is Released

Well, maybe it's nearly Friday, I just cashed a nice check and had a cute glass of whiskey, but I wanted to show my appreciation for jQuery, John Resig's supercool javascript library, which turns 3 years old today.

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jQuery? jWhat?

For those of you that don't know jQ, and who aren't in the webdev loop, just humor me and read a bit more! I gotta say, this language is the best thing since sliced Firefox.

jQuery, and a few Web 2.0 js libraries like it, is revolutionising web development for folks like me who, frankly, have hated the long and long of cranking up regular javascript code.

…and single-handedly, it's gone a long way to making the web a better, more usable, faster, way more fun place to surf…

Or that's what platforms like WordPress thought, anyhow…

WordPress 2.2 Released and Switched To jQuery

This ‘ere site, guvnr.com, is written with a long dose of jQ, and currently I'm coding up another few with this cracking language featuring heavily in the code source. For those of you yet to make the jump, it's a joy to code, with superb documentation and friendly support groups.

jQuery's Pressie – Sizzlin' 1.3, New API Browser & an Open-Source Future

To mark their birthday, the jQ crew have released a feature-packed new release, jQuery 1.3, with a bunch of advancements:-

  • Sizzle: A sizzlin’ hot CSS selector engine
  • Live Events: Event delegation with a jQuery twist
  • jQuery Event Overhaul: Completely rewired to simplify event handling
  • HTML Injection Rewrite: Lightning-fast HTML appending
  • Offset Rewrite: Super-quick position calculation
  • No More Browser Sniffing: Using feature detection to help jQuery last for many more years to come

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It doesn't stop there. For those of us learning to master this lingo, there's a new API browser, from Remy Sharp.

It features the latest docs, save-to-faves for specific topics, syntax highlighting, live in-browser examples and links to edit. Plus, it's available offline as an Adobe AIR app.

I had a play, and this API browser is great for practising new techniques.

So, hey, no excuse for sloppy markup.

Most important, jQuery has shored up an open-source future, teaming up with
the Software Freedom Conservancy to ensure, in their words “that the jQuery projects will always be open and free software.”

That's great news for those of us wondering about the future-proofing of our jQ projects.

For the full announcement, check this out.

Big cheers to John and the jQuery developers. And many happy returns.


About the Author:

Olly Connelly (yeah, that's me) blogs at guvnr.com, polices WordPress security at wpCop.com and helps noobs build web servers at vpsBible.com, so if you've got sleeping problems you know where to come.


  1. the_guv  January 21, 2009

    @chmod & BABYSHAM, big tx.
    @jHolmes, tx to you. Yup, this is WordPress, re-worded and well-pressed! Ideal blog engine, see.

  2. jHolmes  January 21, 2009

    found you via the jquery groups. super site. This using a wordpress engine?

  3. BABYSHAM  January 17, 2009

    some nice code here, guv

  4. chmod  January 17, 2009

    second that

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