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jQuery 1.4.3 and jQuery Mobile Expected on October 16th

09.04.2010
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Addy Osmani is a UI designer, web developer, and frequent jQuery contributor who keeps his hand on the project's pulse, and this week he released a video that outlined what's coming for jQuery developers in 2010 and beyond.

jQuery Mobile

There's been a lot of excitement surrounding the jQuery Mobile project, which will allow developers to write an app in jQuery that runs on multiple smartphones and tablet devices.  Although many frameworks exist that already have this 'web app-to-native' facility, jQuery Mobile will harness the unique jQuery approach which has made it the most popular JavaScript framework.

  • jQuery Mobile will be rolled into jQuery core with one file for mobile and desktop browsers.  You won't need to use a different .js file for it.  Total extra file size: about 1KB.
  • The jQuery Mobile release is expected on October 16th during the jQuery conference.  

jQuery 1.4.3

This is also expected to release during the jQuery conference.  Here's what Osmani expects in this release:

  • Higher .css() performance
  • Data binding onto Flash objects
  • Fixes for jQuery noConflict
  • A feature that allows plugins to delay the execution of a DOM-ready event
  • Better support for easing in shorthand effects such as hide, show, toggle, fadeTo, etc.

Looking Ahead

The jQuery team plans to make their core roadmap more clear for future releases.  The team has had difficulty keeping a roadmap set in stone because there is still a relatively small group of core contributors who make most of the commits and decisions.  Osmani has a couple of his own ideas to help get more people deeply involved in the framework's development.  The team also plans to make more info available on bugfixes and performance optimizations so that more people can contribute in those areas.  Voting and commenting are two features that the team wants to add onto bugs and features in the pipeline.

Osmani speculates that a modular version of jQuery could be included in a future release.  John Resig and others have mentioned their desire to do this.  Unlike jQuery UI and MooTools, this doesn't mean that jQuery will just run features of the framework on their own.  Instead, this will involve having a core section of jQuery load up when your page is rendered and then the application or plugin will be able to dynamically load portions of the library later on if they are needed.  This will drastically increase the performance of jQuery pages and web apps.  

Here's the video that Osmani posted:

The Future Of jQuery - What To Look Forward To In 2010 from Addy Osmani on Vimeo.



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