In the first of three new libraries created by Microsoft and accepted by jQuery as official plugins, the jQuery Templates API allows for the dynamic creation of HTML Elements from data objects. Like server-side templating languages such as ASP or VB’s XML Literals, one merely has to leave holes with data-binding expressions that indicate what should be displayed.
Microsoft has reconfirmed their commitment to help with jQuery development and will start by adding support for templating and is allocating resources including full time developers. John Resig, JQuery creator, declared that jQuery will remained an independent open source project and will not be moved to CodePlex.
In celebration of jQuery’s 4th birthday, the jQuery team has announced the release of the jQuery 1.4. This release features performance improvements in the most commonly used jQuery methods.
In an attempt to lure developers and web sites to use ASP.NET, Microsoft has created a special CDN that serves Microsoft AJAX and jQuery scripts to all interested for free.
Recently Dojo 1.3 was released alongside project PlugD which adds jQuery flavor to the Dojo toolkit. InfoQ has a Q&A with Dylan Schiemann, CEO of SitePen and co-creator of Dojo about the latest release, the evolution of the toolkit and TIBCO's General Interface choice to join the Dojo foundation.
After nearly a year as a community tech preview, Microsoft has released the first true beta of the ASP.NET MVC framework. ASP.NET MVC is a radical departure from the WebForms technology has promoted in the past, and in the opinion of many, a return to mainstream web programming. The MVC pattern provides the cornerstone for web frameworks such as Ruby on Rails and Java's Spring Framework.
Since attaining a peak of about 95% usage share during 2002 and 2003, Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) has been rapidly losing market share. As the end of 2008 approaches, significant online services, vendors and web frameworks are dropping support for IE6. Will this year be the end of IE6 and what does this signify for Web 2.0 developers?