jQuery 1.8 Released

Friday, August 10th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

jQueryjQuery 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:

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jQuery: How can I target a specific tag, such as UL?

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

jQueryjQuery is a flexible javascript framework that lets you do a lot.  One major component of jQuery is the concept of the “selector“.

If you want to apply some jQuery code to an item, you use it’s selector.  For example to turn on a class for all anchor tags (A) you use:

$(“a“).toggleClass(“className”, true);

The “a” in bold is the “selector”.  In this case we told jquery (which is “$”) to select all anchor tags.  We then said, “with what is selected, toggle the className class on”.

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jQuery 2.0 to drop IE 6/7/8 Support

Friday, June 29th, 2012 | Business | 1 Comment

jQueryTo 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.

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jQuery 1.7.2 Released

Saturday, March 31st, 2012 | Business | No Comments

jQueryjQuery 1.7.2 was released a week ago (sorry, work has been beyond crazy, and I haven’t had time to update the blog!).

You can read about the fixes at the official announcement on blog.jquery.com.  Most fixes are standard bug fixes.

You can use the following CDNs to link / get the code:


jQuery Mobile 1.0.1 Released – with bada Support

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 | Business | No Comments

badaIn case you missed it, as I did, jQuery Mobile released version 1.0.1 a week ago.

The biggest changes seem to be the addition of official Samsung bada support, along with some additional test clients.  bada is an operating system for mobile developers developed by Samsung.  It doesn’t sound like the team had to do anything to support the platform, but it’s nice to know there will be an additional device tested with releases.

To download the new jQuery Mobile 1.0.1:

Not only do we have 1.0.1 now, but jQuery Mobile 1.1 is coming out soon.

Here’s some stuff to look forward to in jQuery mobile 1.1:

  • AMD support
  • True Fixed Toolbars – it’s always been buggy, but they seem to have come up with a CSS based method that works everywhere (and doesn’t jump around)
  • Better AJAX page transitions

I could swear there was a beta version of jQuery Mobile 1.1 out there, but I can’t seem to find the link.  Maybe I’m crazy?

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jQuery Mobile 1.1 – Fixed Toolbars, Improved Transitions

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 | Business | 3 Comments

jQueryjQuery Mobile 1.1, which will be ready for release in mid/late February, will have some nice updates.  I’m sure mobile web developers are happy to hear some of these:

  • Fixed Toolbars – no more repositioning after a scroll, jQuery Mobile will have true fixed toolbars!  Even better, purely CSS-based.
  • AMD Support – A CommonJS standard, will be supported. (not the processor!)
  • Better AJAX page transitions – to quote the post, “Smoother, Faster”.

Also good to note, is that touchOverflow will be deprecated in 1.1.  That means it should still work, but we should start moving away from it in our code.

It’s good to hear that the jQuery Mobile framework team is planning on regular releases every few months.

Thanks guys!

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HTTP Archive: Average Webpage now 965 KB (up 30%) in 2011

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 | Business | No Comments

ExtremeTech published an article, The web in 2011: HTML5 dominates Flash, trouble for data capped mobile surfers.

2011 Average Web Page Size

From the article:

According to new research from HTTP Archive, which regularly scans the internet’s most popular destinations, the average size of a single web page is now 965 kilobytes (KB), up more than 30% from last year’s average of 702KB.

Wow.  That is huge growth.  I still complain to web designers who want to include a 650KB photo.

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50% of Websites use a JavaScript Library

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

W3Techs published an update to their JS library monthly usage trend, and says that 50% of all websites now use a JavaScript library.

jQuery is the top (by a considerable margin) at 41.7% of all websites.  Wow!

Javascript Library Usage

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jQuery 1.7.1 Released

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 | Business | No Comments

jQueryjQuery 1.7.1 was released yesterday, with many bug fixes.

You can read about the fixes at the official announcement on blog.jquery.com.  Most fixes are standard bug fixes, with a few memory leaks addressed.

You can use the following CDNs to link / get the code:


jQuery 1.7 Released

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 | Business | No Comments

jQuery 1.7 was released today, November 3rd, 2011.

Check out the post on blog.jquery.com for details on the update.

Some highlights:

  • New Event APIs: .on and .off
  • Better performance on delegated events (almost a 50% improvement)
  • Better support for HTML5 in IE (blech, IE)
  • AMD (Asynchronous Module Definition, this guy describes AMD well) support (it will work with AMD compliant loaders)
  • Added jQuery.isNumeric()

I would love to thank the jQuery team for the regular updates to a platform we all love (don’t we?  leave comments yes or no)

You can use the following CDNs to link / get the code:

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