The jQuery Plugin Registry is now in read-only mode and developers are encouraged to move their plugins over to npm. What comes next is less clear as a partnership with Famo.us has yet to fully develop. The end result is that stale, old plugins with no support will be eliminated.
The Chromium team announced back in August that Google is no longer working on implementing Pointer Events in Chrome in order to focus on Touch Events. Now they have given control to the Pointer Events polyfill library to jQuery which is hoping to “drive developer adoption of this unified event system” and eventually see “all browsers implement this standard natively.”
jQuery will drop support for Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7 "somewhere in 2015", jQuery Foundation president Dave Methvin stated on the official jQuery blog last week. This change will go hand in hand with the release of jQuery 1.13. The release 1.12 will be the last one with official support for the named versions of Microsoft's default browser for Windows.
The latest jQuery can be obtained from npm and Bower, has some performance improvements and bug fixes.
Ajax Control Toolkit has been updated to support jQuery and includes a new Twitter control which takes advantage of new Twitter API. It also includes an improved documentation which describes the usage of ToolkitScriptManager.
jQuery 1.10 and 2.0.1 has been released. The primary goal of this release is to synchronize the features of the 1.x and 2.x lines. The jQuery 2.x line has the same API as the 1.x line, but does not support Internet Explorer 6, 7, or 8. If you are planning to upgrade and you currently using jQuery 1.8 and below, please make sure you read the jQuery 1.9 Upgrade Guide due to major changes to the API.
Daniel Jebaraj shares with InfoQ the idea behind the launch of Succinctly series ebook and also shared the future roadmap.
The jQuery Foundation launched its new plugin repository on January 16th in an attempt to bolster and consolidate third-party development against the jQuery core library.
The recently released ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 includes support for Web API, knockout IntelliSense, friendly URLs including several feature enhancements.
Atmosphere 1.0 is a new Java/Scala/Groovy framework that attempts to abstract asynchronous communication between the web browser and the application server. It transparently supports Web Sockets, HTML5 Server Side events and other application server specific solutions when available, with long polling as a fallback.
Infragistics recently shipped a brand new framework for building powerful applications named Ignite UI. It contains numerous controls for the creation of next generation mobile applications. In this news article, Anand examines the features of the framework.
The jQuery Core team has recently released jQuery 1.8 Beta 1. The GA release is expected July 2012. The jQuery Core team has also laid out their plans for the next versions of jQuery, versions 1.9 and 2.0, and talks about the removal of IE6/7/8 support.