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jQuery 1.3 Released with New High Performance CSS Selector Engine


Version 1.3 of the JavaScript library jQuery has been released featuring Sizzle, a brand new CSS selector engine which offers significant performance gains for the most frequently used selectors. Along with the release, a new API browser was presented which is available online or as an Adobe AIR application and can accommodate live running examples with which the developers can experiment.

The most notable features of the new release are:

  • Sizzle which is a standalone, fully extensible and faster CSS selector engine.
  • A heavily refactored event’s system
  •  The addition of “Live Events” that can be bound to all current - and future - elements.
  • Lightning-fast HTML appending.
  • Rewrite of the offset method for more speed.
  • Replaced browser sniffing with feature detection, where it simulates a particular browser feature or bug to verify its existence.

The jQuery Team aims to do a follow-up jQuery 1.3.1 release soon to catch any straggling bugs that might have slipped through.

As James Hart reports there seems to be a problem regarding the use of v1.3 with Visual Studio at this time:

…reference JQuery 1.3 from a file in VS2008, and intellisense falls over in a heap. Looks like there’s something in the new Sizzle CSS selector library component of JQuery that VS just doesn’t like. That disables all JavaScript intellisense in the referencing file. It’s a real shame; MS went above and beyond releasing a pre-SP1 hotfix that enabled intellisense to be compatible with jQuery 1.2, and I know the VS guys have a completely overhauled intellisense engine coming in the next version of VS. But right now, it looks like something in Sizzle’s capability detection code throws the current VS2008SP1 code for a wobbler.

Luckily, if you’re using a -vsdoc.js file to augment jQuery, intellisense doesn’t fail because it ignores the actual jQuery source file. Unfortunately, there’s no intellisense file for JQuery 1.3.

James has developed a JQuery 1.3 intellisense header file which as he claims is a partial solution to the problem.

You can find more information on JavaScript and Rich Internet Applications right here on InfoQ.

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  • Nice library!

    by Zenyk Matchyshyn,

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    Nice library!

    You can find review in Ukrainian of this version of jQuery here:

  • Re: Nice library!

    by jack doig,

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    Before upgrading to 1.3 test you application to ensure you don't bomb out Firefox. Our regression test highlighted an issue in FF2 and the same issue is visible by viewing online examples on the jQuery website.

    I believe there's a planned fix in 1.3.1

  • JQuery 1.3 Intellisense

    by James Hart,

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    Thanks for referencing my blog post about JQuery 1.3 and Visual Studio. I'd just like to mention that the quote you've pulled above is not really quite complete, which is a little unfair. You have me saying "Unfortunately, there’s no intellisense file for JQuery 1.3.", but miss off the rather important bit: "... until now.".

    Further down the same post I go on to explain how I've produced and made available a JQuery 1.3.0 intellisense file, based on the published API documentation from the JQuery site.

  • Re: JQuery 1.3 Intellisense

    by Dio Synodinos,

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    Fixed, I appreciate the feedback!

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