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jQuery Mobile Alpha Released

By October 16, 2010

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According to BuiltWith's website, jQuery dominates the JavaScript library market with almost 41% market share. With the dependence on JavaScript, using a standard library is absolutely essential for the developer. We have been using jQuery for several years and it has been great. Using jQuery, a developer has a simple API that allows them to handle browser events, preform annimations, traverse HTML documents and most importantly, add AJAX to their web applications. jQuery is licensed under the terms of MIT or the GNU General Public License so you can pretty much use it for free. They do ask for a donation which I strongly recommend you consider if you are happy with the functionality. jQuery is cross browser compliant and works with all the major browsers (IE 6.0+, FF 2+, Safari 3.0+, Opera 9.0+, Chrome).

jQuery is developing a mobile version of its library which is really good news for mobile developers. The jQuery mobile JavaScript library is built on the jQuery core. It is supported by all major platforms including iPhone, Andriod, Blackberry, Palm, Windows Mobile, WebOS and Nokia/Sumbian. It works with HTML5 and is very lightweight at only 9K compressed. This is really important for mobile application development. jQuery will ease the pain associated with handling touch, mouse and cursor focused events using a very simple API. This technology will enable the mobile developer to build rich application that resemble mobile applications. I am particulary excited about this release and plan to download and play with it as soon as possible. The current alpha release (1.01a) is available for download from jQuery's website.


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