jQuery 1.8 was released yesterday (I think it was later on yesterday, as I’m just hearing now).
You can read about the fixes at the official announcement on blog.jquery.com. There’s a lot in this release.
Some of the highlights are:
- Faster Selector Engine!
As the core of jQuery, this is important
- Automatic CSS Prefixing
One step closer to browser agnostic CSS syntax (why do we need -moz?)
- Slimmed down Code
According to the blog, the code size is a few hundred bytes smaller. Good to know we get more toys and performance with less code.
- Modular jQuery
You can now build your own jQuery library stripping out the portions you don’t want. We’ve seen hints of this coming in jQuery 2.0, good to start seeing it now.
- Many IE fixes
Looks like the jQuery team has been hard at working making sure things work great in IE8 and other “non optimal” browsers
You can use the following CDNs to link / get the code:
- Google CDN:
https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.8.0/jquery.min.js (not up yet)
- Microsoft CDN:
http://ajax.aspnetcdn.com/ajax/jQuery/jquery-1.8.0.min.js (not up yet)
- Official jQuery 1.8 CDN:
To quote the jQuery folks:
Our goal is for 1.9 and 2.0 to be interchangeable as far as the API set they support. When 2.0 comes out, your decision on which version to choose should be as simple as this: If you need IE 6/7/8 support, choose 1.9; otherwise you can use either 1.9 or 2.0.
I’m happy that someone is taking a step to eliminating support for these archaic browsers.
Paul Irish, wrote Browser Market Pollution: IE[x] is the new IE6, which details the complexities we have coming up for us as web developers.
I’m glad to see someone fully thought this through. Browser half life is a significant issue for website accessibility.
When was the last time someone asked you to get your site working in Chrome 9? Well, that was 3 releases ago, as was IE6 (I’m even ignoring the fact that Chrome 9 was February 2011, and not August of 2001 for IE6). I’m constantly hearing that a client is asking for IE6 support. I do all I can to dissuade them (logic, reasoning, and finally .. a 30% surcharge as it requires much more time to debug and handle), but IE6 support is still an issue. Why?
Because of the half life of Microsoft browsers.
I was just working on some strange Flowplayer bug, it just wouldn’t work in IE8.
Today Google officially announced the release of Chrome 4.0. The update features two major pieces of functionality, Extensions and Bookmark Syncing. If you already have Google Chrome, just click on the “tool” -> About Google Chrome, and click on “Update” in the lower right corner next to the OK window. Otherwise, download it from Google. › Continue reading
Now it’s been at least a week that I’ve been using it and I wanted to post some comments.
First of all, I don’t consider a “beta” browser. I know whenever I test out a new browser it feels like it’s almost unusable for a period of time. It’s been getting much better since the IE4 days, but there’s still always a sense of “this isn’t ready yet”.
Being a web developer, I dread new browsers because … thats just one more environment you have to test in.
Some minor issues I would, however, like to raise are:
- I had a tab freeze, and the other tab froze as well — I had thought each tab was supposed to be entirely independent from one another in processor space and prevent this. Maybe I’m misunderstood?
- It seems the great “V8” team that Google had put together is in competition with SquirrelFish Extreme in terms of pure performance. Needless to say, I’m no expert in this, and it’s probably one of those benchmarks that highly favors a browser, or isn’t indicative of the complete functionality of an engine.
- This is entirely a subjective point, but I don’t like the way the Taskbar icons look. I know I’m tuned into Firefox and IE’s icons for the web, but I always get confused with the 3 colors in the Chrome taskbar icons.
- Whos’ taking advantage of the new functionality the most? I remember years ago seeing links to who was taking advantage to IE4’s new capabilities, does anyone have a list of site’s that are built to embrace Chrome? (maybe an idea for a future project)