Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
Disclosure: I’m a member of the jQuery Project team
Along with the inclusion of Sizzle, jQuery v1.3 includes a bevvy of new features:
- 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.
The details of the release can be found via the release notes.
The API browser includes:
- All the latest jQuery and jQuery UI documentation.
- The ability to mark pages as favorites for those pages you keep wanting to return to.
- Syntax highlighting in the code examples
- Live running of examples within the browser
- Links to edit and experiment with the code examples
The biggest update though is that the jQuery projects (i.e. jQuery & jQuery UI) will be part of the Software Freedom Conservancy thus making the projects true non-profit endeavor and providing a number of benefits to both the project and the jQuery community including:
- It allows the current project members to continue to manage the projects and maintain ultimate responsibility for the direction of current and future efforts.
- It allows the projects to be considered a true non-profit efforts allowing us to be able to accept donations and contributions without incurring tremendous personal financial liability.
- The copyright of the code will be assigned to the conservancy thus ensuring that no single person will own contributions or assets of the project.
- It may allow corporations to write off time when an employee contributes to a project.
- Most importantly, it ensures that the jQuery projects will always be open and free software
With so many new individuals & corporations contributing to the project, doing this became a big priority to protect the investments made by the jQuery community.
This is a lot of great news for jQuery developers and here’s wishing jQuery a happy 3rd birthday.
Posted by Rey Bango at 10:19 am