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jQuery Emerges as Most Popular Javascript Library for Web Development

November 3rd, 2008

It seems to be official: jQuery is gaining ground faster than any other JavaScript Library. There may be many reasons but I like to think that jQuery is leading the pack due to its simplicity and relatively small size. Here is what Google Trends is showing us:

Top Reasons for jQuery’s ground gaining:

  • Simplicity.
  • Small in size: only 15K for latest production release after its minified and gzipped.
  • Extendable: pretty big plugin library. Currently showing hundreds of plugins.
  • CSS3 Compliant and one of the first JS Library to use CSS selectors.
  • Handles AJAX very well while avoiding code bloating.
  • Major adoption by ASP.NET developers and teaming up with ASP.NET’s team for improved integration

jQuery Resources:

Other Javascript Libraries:

All these Javascript frameworks provide the basic idea of single developer resource for cross browser and cross platform JavaScript development. Additionally, all make AJAX a little bit easier:

If you know of any additional interesting jQuery Resources, drop me a line. Thanks!

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  1. | #1

    Wow. Wouldn’t have thought that its this popular. We’re using extjs in out portalengine and I thought that was gaining popularity fast… but now that I’ve checked it on google trends (thanks to the idea in your post) I’m amazed to see how wrong I was. I would bet the small footprint and extendibility are the key features of spreading. Wonder what jump will occur after the VS support?

  2. | #2

    Gergely,

    According to my team, jQuery will be shipped with Visual Studio moving forward: http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2008/09/28/jquery-and-microsoft.aspx.
    So, probably the next VS service pack, whenever that is. This I am sure will increase jQuery’s popularity quite a bit.

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