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Making the Case for jQuery in a Browser Utopia - TJ VanToll

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Published on Apr 1, 2014

Presented at jQuery Conference San Diego February 12-13, 2014
http://events.jquery.org/2014/san-diego/

February 12, 2014 at 11:40AM PST in the Code for Thought Track

Description
jQuery gained notoriety largely because of how seamless it made writing code that worked everywhere. But times have changed, and the browser landscape is radically different - and far more standards compliant - than it was in 2006. We can now select elements with querySelectorAll, animate elements with CSS, and even attach event handlers without forking our code.

This standards proliferation has led many to conclude that jQuery's job is done; we can map $ to querySelectorAll and get on with our development lives. They argue that reimplementing these native features adds unnecessary bloat and weight, especially in the context of limited mobile browsers and networks.

In this talk we'll debunk these myths of irrelevance and bloat. We'll see that even in a browser utopia - a mystical land where all features are implemented, all bugs are fixed, and unicorns roam free - jQuery is not only still relevant, but it remains a foundation for any web development stack.

Slides: http://tjvantoll.com/speaking/slides/...

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