Happy 2nd Birthday, jQuery!

Today is the 2 year anniversary of the release of jQuery (celebrated with the release of the excellent jQuery 1.2.2).

I remember doing the first release at BarCamp NYC (combined with the mention of two other projects of mine that fizzled: Feed Pile and Idea Shrub). While I had released a bunch of open source code in the past, this was the first one that I put some serious effort into getting publicity. Luckily it made it onto del.icio.us/popular, digg – and the rest is history.

Amusingly, the entire chain of popularity was due to the fact that I made a troll-y comment on a Prototype blog post (when they announced their new selector feature) and it was discovered and re-blogged by Ben Nolan (creator of the Behaviour library for Prototype). From there it hit the Rails community and was launched onto del.icio.us, digg, etc.

It’s been fantastic watching it grow and mature over time – and really see the JavaScript community come alive during these past couple years. I’m happy with what we’ve achieved and I’m excited, looking forward, to our prospects. Here’s to 2008!

Posted: January 15th, 2008

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