Recently I was prompted by Daniel Lamb to try and find old versions of jQuery for his jQuery Archive project. Thankfully I was able to find one in the Internet Archive from just a couple weeks after its release, in January 2006.
I then took that opportunity to put that code online and I used the new Genius annotation beta to mark it up with a bunch of thoughts and memories around the release of the code.
The comments are kind of sprawling, they cover the code itself to the circumstances of the release. I’ll certainly add more as I think of them. Please feel free to ask questions if there are certain things that you want to learn about!
One of the things I was most touched about was just how obviously inspired I was by many great developers who came before me. I’m glad I went out of my way to credit them on the original version of the jQuery site. jQuery would not have existed if it wasn’t for Sam Stephenson creating Prototype, Simon Willison creating getElementsBySelector, Valerio Proietti creating moo.fx, and especially Dean Edwards creating so much: event binding, CSS selector libraries, DOM ready techniques and more. I cover a lot of these influences in the annotations but I want to especially thank them now as without their work I never would’ve made jQuery.
Omid Hezaveh (April 7, 2015 at 2:49 pm)
Cool! thanks! Annotation is like adding life to code.
Jerome Covington (April 7, 2015 at 2:58 pm)
Thanks for lending context to such an important work in code.
Steven Stowers (April 7, 2015 at 5:15 pm)
“One of the things I was most touched about was just how obviously inspired I was by many great developers who came before me.”
Your work has definitely inspired me. I’m sure you have or will inspire someone to realize their potential and rise to the task as you have.
Srivatsav Kunchakarra (April 7, 2015 at 5:40 pm)
Nice. The annotation helps always. It also motivates to do more.
Matt Stone (April 7, 2015 at 9:13 pm)
Thanks John, love these kind of developer insights and have them inline to the code with annotations works really well.
Hari KT (April 7, 2015 at 9:20 pm)
Thank you :) .
Kalpesh Patel (April 7, 2015 at 11:50 pm)
Thanks a lot. This would definitely helps JS developers in getting understandings of how to write efficient JS code with cross browser support.
Lawrence E Bosumbe (April 8, 2015 at 1:42 pm)
Thank you for this annotation and continuing paving for innovation. May God bless you!
Dmitri F (April 13, 2015 at 10:52 am)
I remember finding this code somewhere a long long time ago when I was first learning JS. Pulling apart your code and trying to build my own library was a major push knowledge wise. It’s nice to go back now and see how much my understanding matched up with reality :)
Thanks for your work, John!
Jasdeep Khalsa (April 14, 2015 at 10:10 am)
Ilyas Fasikhov (April 20, 2015 at 1:35 am)
Thanks a lot. It’s very funny and learnable too.