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.
jQuery Mobile 1.1 has been released. The most notable improvements in 1.1 are true fixed toolbars, revamped page transitions and Ajax loader, and refined form elements. The new ThemeRoller tool allows existing jQuery developers to import their 1.0 theme and migrate it to 1.1. jQuery Mobile 1.1 requires jQuery 1.6.4 or 1.7.1.
Introducing AQuery: jQuery for Android
A non-profit trade association by the name jQuery Foundation, inc. has been founded to handle the development, documentation, and support of the jQuery Core, UI, and Mobile projects. This role was previously held by the jQuery Board in conjunction with the Software Freedom Conservancy.
A new open source contribution enables scaled out, high throughput messaging for the asynchronous ASP.NET web event engine, SignalR. In a recent blog post, Clemens Vasters, an Architect on the Windows Azure team, described a new GitHub project that that uses the Windows Azure Service Bus to distribute messages bi-directionally between servers and clients.
PrimeFaces is claiming IceSoft copied PrimeFaces code "LINE BY LINE" for its new IceSoft Ace. While not claiming legal issues with the fork, the PrimeFaces team is "shocked and disappointed" and claim the new IceSoft Ace components are "up to 90% copied" from PrimeFaces. InfoQ caught up with PrimeFaces and IceSoft about this issue. Is it ok for a competitor to fork an Apache licensed project?
JQuery 1.7 has recently been released, with improvements such as new Event APIs, Better performance of Delegated Events, HTML5 support for IE6-8, support for AMD spec and more. The team has also started deprecating certain features in an effort to keep JQuery slim.
Exactly one year after the last major released, the Ruby on Rails team released Rails 3.1. The highlights of this release are support for HTTP Streaming, more intelligent migrations and the new assets pipeline that makes it easier to use CoffeeScript and Sass.
Adobe wants to strengthen Flash and Flex’s position in the enterprise and especially in the mobile space. But a recent study shows that jQuery has overtaken Flash as a deployed web solution on the top 17,000 websites.
After the Deadline is a free REST based service that provides Spelling, Style, and Grammar checking support to any application that has Internet access. For personal use developers may use the free online server hosted by After the Deadline. Commercial users need to host their own server, the software for which is being offered under the GNU General Public License.
JQuery 1.6 has just been released with several performance and cross-browser compatibility improvements and major rewrite of the Attribute module, introduces some breaking changes
The jQuery Mobile team has released Alpha 4 of their cross-platform mobile framework. Positioned as the last Alpha release before Beta, in addition to resolving many issues since Alpha 3, this new build also ships with several new features.
Frank Ableson published an article last week providing a thorough introduction about using jQuery Mobile, JSON, PHP and MySQL to create mobile web applications.