Friday, December 4th, 2009

jQuery Wins .net Magazine’s Open Source Application of the Year

Category: jQuery

Some very exciting news coming from the jQuery project yesterday. The jQuery JavaScript library won .net Magazine’s “Open source application of the Year for 2009”. This was a pretty amazing accomplishment when you consider that both WordPress & Firefox 3.5 were the runner-ups. Simon Willison was on hand to accept the award for the project.


I think the impact of this reaches further than just the jQuery project and validates how important well-managed JavaScript frameworks such as jQuery, Dojo, MooTools et al. have become to application development. With the focus shifting heavily to increasing performance of JavaScript browser engines (V8, TraceMonkey, SquirrelFish) and streamlining the delivery methods for our source code (SPDY, LabJS), the importance of these frameworks to help mitigate the complexities of cross-browser development, DOM nuances and provide best practices is finally becoming recognized and appreciated as the demands for complex features in web applications increases exponentially.

Full Disclosure: I am a member of the jQuery Project Team

Posted by Rey Bango at 11:10 am

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Umm, should any javascript library alone be called an “app” of anything? I mean by definition they are js abstractions and are merely helpers in coding your “app”…I love the js frameworks, just saying…

PS – When I can put only a script tag on a page that includes a library like jQuery or Mootools or Proto, with no other code, data, or assets, and it instantiates me a million dollar product via deductive JavaScript mind-reading (ECMA 6 will have that right?), I will then eat my keyboard and cast my vote for a library being an app…but I digress.

Comment by csuwldcat — December 4, 2009

Completely agree; jQuery is not an app. Congrats on the recognition, anyway.

Comment by m3tropolis — December 4, 2009

Well, there is an easy solution – rename the prize/award. WordPress is not an app either :).
A side note to the author. You don’t mention YUI. jQuery is fantastic. And I use it all the time. But. As a ninja-tool. YUI has established itself as a reliable enterprise-level framework. And there’s no other such a level framework available now. While I don’t think it is the best for the most pages, it if for some and I believe it should be recognized and mentioned. Mootools has a really superb animation module, but that’s the only thing that sets them apart. Anuthing else is, well, the same.

Comment by jx12345 — December 4, 2009

Wow…! :)
Congratulations to the guys on the jQuery team, awesome :)

Comment by ThomasHansen — December 5, 2009

@jx12345: YUI is an absolutely superb library as are many others that I didn’t mention. When you write something followed by “et al”, it means “and others” and if you look at my post, that’s what I used to make reference to the large number of other top libs. It wasn’t done to overlook any other lib but mainly for the purpose of brevity on my post. There are so many great libs to mention which a list itself would take up this whole page. :)

Comment by ReyBango — December 5, 2009

@csuwldcat: I think it’s a great accomplishment for a JS lib to win an award like this. Whether it would’ve been MooTools (your fav), Dojo, DOMAssistant, YUI or any other, I think the recognition of such hard work would’ve been equally as important.

Comment by ReyBango — December 5, 2009

It’s well deserved. JQuery rocks!

Comment by AndreCU — December 5, 2009

Yes, you’re right – didn’t notice the little “et al” there.

Comment by jx12345 — December 6, 2009

I agree with you Rey, jQuery really has popularized JS as a capable, powerful language. jQuery also gave a tool set to folks who may have thought it was a bit out of reach, congrats. I was only remarking on what an app was. (A while later that day, a co-worker reminded me that the computer won Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, go figure)

@jx12345 – Actually WordPress IS and app, last time I checked my server, it had PHP5, with a MySQL instance, and a web server on it all for the purpose of running that app. That is what I see an app as. Anywho, js is awesome, and it alone WILL be used to create complex apps in the near future.

Comment by csuwldcat — December 6, 2009

Since when is a library (or toolkit/framework for that matter) an ‘application’? That’s extremly strange. I really like JQuery but it’s not an application. This makes the award seem fairly appalling.

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