The Year of jQuery

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I hereby decree that 2007 shall be the Year of jQuery. Well, what else would you expect from a blog about jQuery? But, really, this is not just another case of wishful thinking, or even one of those lame prediction posts that have been spinning around the web lately. Admittedly, the title might suffer from a touch of hyperbole. But just a touch.

Here are a few of the reasons why I think jQuery is going to explode in 2007:

  1. Massive Speed Improvements coming our way. Remember that entry I just wrote about optimizing DOM traversal? Well, pretty soon you won’t have to worry so much about that. I’ve run the speed tests (created by Yehuda Katz of Visual jQuery fame), and I’ve been blown away by the results. You will be, too.
  2. Streamlined API is nigh. While the temptation is always great for fattening up software, cramming every bell and whistle and double-cheeseburger into it, John Resig and the gang have been busily trimming jQuery, sculpting it into a lean, mean JavaScript machine. And we’ll all get more for less — more performance, more power, more sense.
  3. The plugins keep rolling in: If you haven’t checked out the growing list of plugins lately, you’re in for a treat. Also, Jörn Zaefferer, developer extraordinaire, has been on a tear lately with plugin blog entries, including a jQuery Plugin Authoring Guide, and a “plugin parade,” in which he explains how and why to use some already-made plugins.
  4. A slicker, more usable, better organized jquery.com: A group of dedicated web designers are working hard to update jQuery’s online headquarters so that visitors can find what they need quickly and know where to go for additional support.
  5. High-profile adoption: The good folks at Drupal recently announced that they plan to include jQuery in the core of their next major CMS release (5.0). Many more are sure to follow. And when other open-source communities get hooked on jQuery, the smart members of those communities inevitably contribute to the overall project. We’ve also seen some influential sites such as Technorati, Feedster, and Intuit.com put jQuery to good use, a trend that is sure to continue. What’s more, server-side technologies such as ColdFusion are embracing jQuery for its AJAX goodness.
  6. The best open-source community in the universe. I have been wowed repeatedly by how smart, thoughtful, eager, and dedicated the people who have been working on jQuery are. The many questions that come through the mailing list each day — from the mundane to the arcane — are answered promptly and respectfully. Furthermore, John Resig recently organized the project into teams to make the processes of improving jQuery, redesigning the site, and spreading the word go more smoothly and efficiently (full disclosure: John invited me to join jQuery’s “evangelism” team. Big surprise, huh? Maybe I need to start eating locusts and wild honey now.)

The coolest thing about this news is that we’ll be seeing most, if not all, of the improvements I’ve mentioned within the next couple months — some perhaps within weeks. jQuery has its first birthday coming on the 14th of this month, and it’s sure to bring some nice birthday presents for all. So, stay tuned!

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  1. i’ve been trying on and off with javascript for years… without ever feel “at home”, like i feel with technologies like php/mysql or flash, and of course xhtml and css. Maybe because of the browser discrepancies, it seemd just pointless to even learn.
    Now that i’ve been playing with jquery since one week, it’s just amazing how fasti could “think jquery”: the awesome documentation and the intrinsec quality and cleverness of the jquery way of programming are its best assets. I believe its ease comes mainly from the fact that once you grasp the DOM concepts, if you know css, the rest comes with just a bit of practice because it’s just more of the same thing, and the knowledge feels natural. Just like you don’t really know how to talk, you just do it. now, i’m helping out other users, after only one week !

    Karl, thanks for learningjquery.com , it’s a great contribution !

    cheers,

    alex

  2. I love these team of tech supporters. I have had a few problems and they are always ready to help me and they always have the answers. I have used several other tech groups and found that they don’t always seem to know what they are talking about. One time I think I even heard one flipping back and forth through a book looking for the answer to my question. I did not feel so sure about the help I was getting. It even later turned out to not be the answer that I needed. But when I call the people at jQuery they always seem to be right on top of things. They take the time to listen to the problem and then walk you through the solution. They seem to have a solid understanding of what they are talking about. It is a great comfort to feel that from them.

  3. It’s already 2008. I look forward to another awesome year for jQuery. 2007 has been a great year for jQuery and that was because of hard work.

  4. I did not feel so sure about the help I was getting. It even later turned out to not be the answer that I needed. But when I call the people at jQuery they always seem to be right on top of things

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