jQuery Developer Summit 2012

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Over the last eight months at the Foundation, we have been working to expand both the reach and breadth of our events, and we’re excited today to announce the inaugural jQuery Developer Summit, to be held October 15th and 16th, 2012 at the Aol Campus in Dulles, VA.

The Developer Summit will be a departure from our traditional events. Instead of two days of speakers and slide decks, we’re going to spend a morning giving you a rundown of how jQuery works, from internals of jQuery Core, to how we build and test the libraries, to how we manage our websites. Then we’ll break apart into teams, and spend the rest of our time working together to collaborate on the projects and tools we all use every day.

As this is a more intimate event (and because it’s our first time trying it), we can only accomodate about 150 people. In order to get the right mix of skills and experiences into the room, it won’t be a simple first-come, first-served process. Instead, we’ll be accepting and reviewing submissions to this application on a rolling basis from August 31st until September 7th. In other words, we have a lot of different bases we’d want to cover, so we can’t have 100 people showing up who just want to fix edge case bugs in Quirks mode!

The focus here is on collaboration, growing as an open-source developer, and having fun! If this sounds like your cup of tea, read more about the Developer Summmit now, and consider applying! And of course, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

jQuery 1.8.1 Released

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It’s been a frantic but productive few weeks, and the jQuery core team is pleased to announce that jQuery 1.8.1 is released! This version fixes the issues reported by the community following the final release of 1.8.0. Here are the files, ready for you to use:

The Google and Microsoft CDNs will also have copies available soon.

The final set of bugs that were fixed are listed below. Don’t forget, folks, we love to hear about bugs in the betas and release candidates too! You don’t have to wait for a final release to test with your code. The earlier we can fix these bugs, the smoother things go for both the team and the jQuery community.

Use jQuery UI 1.8.23 and jQuery Mobile 1.1.1 or later for best compatibility with jQuery core 1.8.1.

Don’t use Quirks mode! jQuery has never supported Quirks mode and we do not perform any testing in Quirks. This can affect values like $("window").height(), and the jQuery 1.8 Quirks mode results did change in order to support some modern browser features. The majority of problem cases we’ve seen are from developers that wanted to be in Standards mode but had an invalid doctype or extraneous markup before their <html> tag. When in doubt, use the simple and short <!doctype html>.

Sizzle’s custom pseudo-selectors that take arguments have changed, but jQuery 1.8.1 provides a compatibility shim for older code. Neither Sizzle nor jQuery documented how these worked before; there is now official documentation for Sizzle. Look there for an example of best practice on writing custom pseudo-selectors that work with all versions of jQuery.

Many thanks to the team and community members who contributed patches for this release: Timmy Willison, Mike Sherov, Elijah Manor, Mike Pennisi, Richard Gibson, Corey Frang, Mathias Bynens, Oleg Gaidarenko, Nikita Govorov, Julian Aubourg, and Rick Waldron.

We’re also very appreciative to those of you who took the time to create good bug reports for jQuery 1.8.1. In the highly unlikely event we somehow managed to leave any bugs in this release, please do let us know. First check the bug tracker to see if it has already been reported. If not, create a test case using jsFiddle.net or jsbin.com with the least possible code that it takes to demonstrate the problem.

jQuery 1.8.1 Change Log


  • #12233: jQuery.post() raises "RangeError: Maximum call stack size exceeded"
  • #12234: the .load() method,when params is null, the ajax type will be "POST", but not be "GET"


  • #12282: 1.8.0 regression – document ready is fired too early on IE 9/10
  • #12329: event.js still has a reference to bindReady
  • #12350: jQuery.trim should remove byte-order-mark (BOM) characters
  • #12370: jquery android 2.1-update1 problem


  • #12235: getComputedStyle is used without namespace
  • #12313: .height() and .width() no longer fall back to CSS if offsetWidth is undefined.
  • #12324: cssNormalTransform can produce wrong values


  • #10863: .data method does not return an object if the JSON string contains newlines.


  • #12283: jQuery 1.8 outerHeight is returning undefined instead of null


  • #12273: animate fails with 0 duration


  • #12149: 'change' event handler leaks in IE7/8
  • #12383: jQuery.on() selector should only apply to descendants of the element


  • #12346: fn.append not working correctly
  • #12384: .after fails with table rows in IE9


  • #12278: .promise(type) not working for non-default queue


  • #12205: Miscellaneous pseudo selector issues
  • #12237: Having child selector and multiple :not with :visible does not work any more
  • #12241: Passing a negative index for :eq throws a syntax error.
  • #12285: Selector with :not(:first) isn't working since 1.8
  • #12292: Invalid selectors can cause a subsequent valid selector not to work
  • #12303: Attribute selector fails if the attribute value contains :first :last
  • #12311: jQuery 1.8 and .is(":visible")
  • #12314: $.contains fatal error in IE9 when 2nd parameter is null
  • #12359: 1.8.0 creating invalid tag/attribute when loading the library
  • #12369: ajax, use find method for read xml
  • #12403: Selector "> li > :first-child,> :not(li):even" fails in old IE
  • #12409: Back-compat issue with custom pseudo selectors
  • #12412: Sizzle regression ":not([data-role='list-divider']):not(:hidden)"
  • #12419: Composite selector fails if id attribute contains dot.


  • #12333: $.browser.webkit (undefined) -> $.browser.chrome

jQuery Color 2.1.0

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Early last week I released jQuery Color 2.0.0, the wait for a jQuery Color plugin that gives you an API to work with colors is over.

What’s new in jQuery Color 2.0.0?

jQuery Color has faithfully supported animating colors between two hex values since the beginning. Many developers asked for access to the internal functions we had declared to make it all possible. Version 2 now includes an API to create and modify colors, as well as support for RGBA & HSLA colors and animations.

You can read more about the API and features on the repository readme.

Any issues should be reported on the issue tracker.

Why jQuery Color 2.1.0 already?

It’s every developers dream to land a major version perfectly on the first release, but it is rarely achieved. In the last two weeks a few minor bugs that were left in 2.0.0 have been fixed, and a new function was added to the API which should help support SVG style properties.

Download jQuery Color 2.1.0

You can download the release from our CDN provided by Media Temple.

In order to save on file size, the jQuery Color plugin only supports the Basic color keywords by default, the Extended Color Keywords are included in a separate file. If you want to include both, you can also download the bundled version.


Thanks go out to Dan Heberden, Scott González, Jörn Zaefferer, Mike Sherov, Brendan Byrd, and Christoffer Sawicki who helped make this release happen.

jQuery 1.8 box-sizing: width(), css(“width”), and outerWidth()

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One of the great new features in jQuery 1.8 is a built-in understanding of box-sizing: border-box which is supported by every modern browser. (Sorry, IE6 and IE7, please take one step back; I said modern browser.)

If you showed people an element with a border on the screen and asked them the width of that element, they would naturally measure from the outside edges of the border. Yet that’s not the way CSS works in its default content-box mode. Normally, CSS width and height only include the “content” inside the border and padding. As a result, designers (and jQuery) often need to add the width to the right/left padding and border to get the “natural” width of the element.

Using box-sizing: border-box changes the CSS notion of the width of an element to include both the padding and the border dimensions, just the way you’d naturally measure it. jQuery versions before 1.8 were not fully trained in the ways of the border-box, but we’ve fixed this bug.

One thing that hasn’t changed is the return value of the .width() method. As it’s always been documented, it gets and/or sets the “content” width of an element, and that is regardless of the CSS box-sizing being used by the element. However, jQuery 1.8 now needs to check the box-sizing property whenever you use .width() so that it can decide whether it needs to subtract out the padding and border width. That can be expensive—up to 100 times more expensive on Chrome! Fortunately, most code doesn’t use .width() enough times for this to be noticeable, but code that gets the width of dozens of elements at once could be impacted.

There is a very easy way to avoid this performance penalty if it does impact your code. Simply use .css("width") instead of .width() to make it clear you want to get or set the actual width of the element as specified by the CSS. That doesn’t require jQuery to look at box-sizing. Remember, however, that .css("width") as a getter returns a string with “px” at the end, so you’ll want to use something like parseFloat( $(element).css("width") ) for situations where the result must be numeric.

And of course, everything mentioned here about .width() also applies to .height() as well; use .css("height") to skirt the performance penalty there.

Using .outerWidth() as a setter

In other dimensionally related news, jQuery’s .outerWidth() and .outerHeight() methods have been updated in 1.8 so that they can be used as setters. (jQuery UI has supported them as setters since UI version 1.8.4, but now it’s built into core.) To use .outerWidth() as a setter, pass an argument that is a number representing the outer width (CSS “content” width, plus padding and border width). And yes, this handles the box-sizing: border-box situation fine as well; it’s basically the same as setting the .css("width") in that case.

We’ve received a few reports from people who had problems with .outerWidth() in jQuery 1.8 because it was returning the jQuery object instead of a numeric width. This happens if you call $(element).outerWidth(0) for example. Before jQuery 1.8, this was an invalid use of the API because it was documented to accept a single Boolean argument. However, it treated the invalid argument as a Boolean and returned the width. In 1.8, jQuery uses the value 0 to set the width, and like most setters it returns the jQuery object.

We’re in the process of updating the API documentation for all the changes to 1.8, but for now you can refer back to the changelog in the jQuery 1.8 announcement to see what’s changed.

jQuery 1.8 Released

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August just got a little hotter, because jQuery 1.8 final code is here! You can pick up the code from jQuery’s CDN:

As usual, the Google and Microsoft CDNs will also have the file soon. Please don’t ask us about when they’ll be there, we don’t know and we don’t control those CDNs! Use our copies directly from the jQuery CDN above if you’re just itching to get started. It’s the same bits.

We don’t expect to get any bug reports on this release, since there have been several betas and a release candidate that everyone has had plenty of opportunities to thoroughly test. Ha ha, that joke never gets old. We know that far too many of you wait for a final release before even trying it with your code. So now there is really no reason to wait, and you can find out if there are any bugs you could have reported earlier.

If you do find a bug, please create a test case on jsFiddle or jsbin and file a bug on our bug tracker. If you’re not sure whether you’ve found a bug, ask on our forum. jQuery core 1.8.0 is compatible with the latest versions of jQuery UI (1.8.22), and jQuery Mobile (1.1.1). Be sure to update those if you’re reporting bugs on pages that involve them.

A Whirlwind Tour of jQuery 1.8

Let’s just recap the big changes in this release:

Sizzle re-architected: jQuery’s selector engine is faster than ever, thanks to a rewrite (well, really two rewrites) by Timmy Willison. Sure, most browsers have querySelectorAll nowadays, but nearly every implementation falls short in one way or another, creating a road full of cross-browser potholes. Sizzle smoothes that road for you. Plus, you may want those useful jQuery selector extensions like :has() with a complex selector or :contains(). Oh yeah, and there’s still IE6/7 support.

Animations re-imagined: Over time, the animation code in jQuery had become kind of messy. Corey Frang took a head-first dive into that swamp and managed to remove most of the alligators, um, bugs. Most of the changes are under the covers, so existing animations should just work (and work better). But there are also some awesome additions to make animations more general and extendable. One notable and very cool feature is the use of the progress callbacks in Promises. We’re still working on detailed documentation, but we do have a draft. Also, here’s an example of the new code in action: http://jsbin.com/odocid/1/edit.

Automatic CSS prefixing: When you use a CSS property, in either .css() or .animate(), we’ll use the correct prefixed property (when appropriate) for that browser. For example, take .css("user-select", "none"); in Chrome/Safari we’ll set the value as "-webkit-user-select", Firefox will use "-moz-user-select", and IE10 will use "-ms-user-select".

More flexibility with $(html, props): In jQuery 1.8, you can use any jQuery method or plugin in the object passed to $(html, props). Before, you could only use a short list of method names, and there was no documented way to add to the list. Now there doesn’t need to be a list at all! Be aware, however, that this can cause the behavior of your code to change if plugins are added later that have the same names as HTML attributes.

More than 160 bugs closed: The Sizzle and animation rewrites in particular provided the impetus to fix several long-standing bugs–some of which have been around for two or three years. Mike Sherov tackled most of the open CSS and positioning issues, getting us down to near-zero bugs there. We also haven’t given up and are still pounding away to eliminate annoying differences between IE 6/7/8 and modern browsers, so you don’t have to deal with them.

Smaller code size: Despite all the code cleanup, new features, and bug fixes, the gzipped file size of jQuery 1.8 is actually a few hundred bytes smaller than jQuery 1.7.2. Size reduction wasn’t our primary goal in this version, but we felt it was important to hold the line on code growth, and we definitely achieved that. Many thanks to Richard Gibson for leading the code-crunching charge across the entire project.

Modularity: If you know your project’s jQuery dependencies well, you can use the new grunt-based build system to strip out parts of jQuery that you know you don’t need. What we’ve done here for 1.8 is really just a beginning, you’ll see even more flexibility as we move to later versions.

The full changelog is available below, in case you’re wondering whether your favorite bug was squashed.

What’s Been Removed

The short answer is “very little”. We wanted to provide a generous notice period for deprecated features that will be removed in 1.9, to give people time to adapt their code. Several of the things removed in 1.8 were undocumented internals that some people have cleverly reverse engineered, but it’s always risky to use undocumented features. Here are the items removed:

$(element).data(“events”): In version 1.6, jQuery separated its internal data from the user’s data to prevent name collisions. However, some people were using the internal undocumented “events” data structure so we made it possible to still retrieve that via .data(). This is now removed in 1.8, but you can still get to the events data for debugging purposes via $._data(element, "events"). Note that this is not a supported public interface; the actual data structures may change incompatibly from version to version.

Deferred.isResolved() and Deferred.isRejected(): Calling N-1 boolean methods to get the state of an N-state variable was getting a bit silly, so we added Deferred.state() in jQuery 1.7 to tell you the state in a single call. So, these two older methods aren’t needed anymore. It’s much more convenient for debugging scenarios where you often want to know the state of a Deferred as a string.

$(element).closest(Array) returning Array: This was a strange signature of the .closest() method intended for use by the old .live(), but not used by any other code as far as we know. Normal uses of .closest() returning a jQuery object are not affected by this signature being removed.

$.curCSS: This method was simply an alias for jQuery.css() from jQuery 1.3 onward. Although it has never been part of the documented API, some external code has been known to use it, perhaps thinking it was “more efficient.” Now it’s “more gone.”

$.attrFn: Yet another undocumented item, used to define which methods could be used in conjunction with $(html, props) signature. Although it serves no functional purpose in jQuery 1.8, we are leaving an empty $.attrFn in jQuery to prevent code that uses it from throwing errors. Fair Warning: This will be removed entirely in jQuery 1.9, so update your code!

Where Credit’s Due

This release couldn’t have happened without the hard work of the talented jQuery Core team: Julian Aubourg (jaubourg), Corey Frang (gnarf), Richard Gibson (gibson042), Mike Sherov (mikesherov), Rick Waldron (rwaldron), and Timmy Willison (timmywil).

Special recognition goes to these jQuery team and community members who supported the Core team with patch contributions during the jQuery 1.8 development cycle: Andy Monat, Robert Katic, Joaoh Bruni, Sindre Sorhus, Oleg Gaidarenko, Yehuda Katz, Timo Tijhof, Dominik D. Geyer, Scott González, Jörn Zaefferer, Matt Farmer, Trey Hunner, Jason Moon, Ben Alman, Jeffery To, Kris Borchers, Daniel Herman, Vladimir Zhuravlev, Jacob Thornton, Chad Killingsworth, Nowres Rafid, David Benjamin, Uri Gilad, Chris Faulkner, Elijah Manor, and Daniel Chatfield.

We’re also very thankful to those of you who took the time to report bugs; we can’t possibly fix a bug unless we know it exists. If you’re looking for an easy way to contribute to jQuery, get to know the bug tracker and help us by creating reduced test cases that clearly demonstrate bugs. Once we can reproduce a problem, a solution usually isn’t too far away. Those test cases become the foundation for a unit test that can prevent the problem from happening when we change code in later revisions.

jQuery 1.8 Change Log


  • #8205: JSONP random result is causing memory leak in IE8
  • #8653: jQuery.param outputs "null" and "undefined" in the query string
  • #9399: Deprecate jqXHR.success and jqXHR.error
  • #10285: evalScript rcleanScript replacement fails in IE8
  • #10524: jQuery.fn.load does not merge data parameter with jQuery.ajaxSetup
  • #10944: $.ajax does not always return an object implementing the Promise interface
  • #11013: Deprecate use of Deferred/Promise with sync $.ajax
  • #11402: evalScript function fails with error error 80020101 in IE
  • #11743: jQuery silently ignores errors during script tag ajax request in $.appendTo()
  • #11778: Cached XHR requests should still resolve asynchronously
  • #12122: jQuery.ajax() async deprecate use with $.Deferred


  • #11153: jQuery 1.7 Strips Carriage Returns in IE 8
  • #11212: Sizzle.getText converts unbreakable space into whitespace on IE
  • #11547: XML DOM .removeAttr() doesn't remove cased attributes
  • #11962: Standardize getter return values for empty sets.
  • #12127: Clone does not correctly copy checked state in IE10


  • #11767: Support custom build without effects
  • #11789: Update README to describe grunt build system
  • #11856: modularize dimensions
  • #11857: modularize css
  • #11865: modularize offset
  • #11965: Create deprecated.js to contain as much of the deprecated stuff as possible
  • #12059: `grunt custom` should minify – also should add excluded modules to headers
  • #12158: jQuery 1.8rc1 does not work with YUICompressor 1.4.7


  • #10657: Deprecate jQuery#size() in favor of jQuery#length
  • #11290: selector interpreted as HTML
  • #11470: Adding a builtin readyP promise
  • #12018: $(document).ready() fires too early in IE8
  • #12026: Let $(html, props) use any jQuery.fn method


  • #10373: `document.defaultView` => `window`
  • #10394: jQuery.cssHooks.opacity throws exception on non-IE browsers
  • #10413: width, innerWidth, innerHeight, outerWidth, outerHeight are inaccurate for a "box-sizing: border-box" child of hidden parent
  • #10679: CSS3 vendor prefix support
  • #11004: getWH incorrectly removes padding and border width when box-sizing is border-box
  • #11787: Remove jQuery.curCSS
  • #12088: Webkit now returning percentages for more getComputedStyle properties
  • #12148: hide event don't fire when toggle


  • #7579: jQuery.data() truncates numbers taken from data-xxx attributes
  • #10589: Remove $.fn.data("events")
  • #11435: Obsolete test code to remove toJSON from .data's return value


  • #11010: Make Deferred.then == Deferred.pipe like Promise/A
  • #11011: Allow traditional options object for $.Callbacks flags
  • #11736: Remove Deferred .isResolved() and .isRejected()
  • #11749: Preserve context objects when multiple Deferred object are passed to $.when()


  • #6724: wrong $(window).height() in mobile safari (iphone)
  • #10877: Make outerWidth/Height a setter
  • #11293: Reading width or outerWidth of empty TDs alters columns width values
  • #11604: Switch $(elem).width(-val) from no-op to $(elem).width(0)
  • #11724: $(document).height() changed in Firefox 12


  • #7109: animate width starts with invalid width on webkit
  • #7157: Animation callback shows element is still ":animated"
  • #8387: flickering problem with jQuery 1.5 hide/show issue with inline and inline-block elements on webkit browsers
  • #8627: .animate() fails on letterSpacing in IE (regression in 1.5.1)
  • #8892: Callback is raised before objects are shown with fadeIn() and jQuery.fx.off = true
  • #9217: javascript error in IE8 when animating element is removed before animation finishes
  • #9505: animate() issue when mixing percentages and pixels in WebKit
  • #11635: Explicit overflow:auto is overridden by inline overflow:hidden during animation
  • #11755: animate and it aliases should not use :hidden selector
  • #11797: New animation related events
  • #11854: percentage animations jump to end
  • #11971: Animating background-position fails in IE8
  • #11999: Incremental animation on fixed div does subtraction instead of addition in Chrome.
  • #12117: overflow hidden not properly set when animating to 0 height or width
  • #12138: fadeOut doesn't work in Chrome on basic SVG elements
  • #12150: border-spacing property accumulates when rows are shown and hidden


  • #8545: Leak with events in IE
  • #10067: Firing $.ready on document.readyState === 'interactive' too
  • #10895: The doScrollCheck ie hack in bindReady degrades ie7 performance for no reason whatsoever
  • #11101: Deprecate "exclusive" events option from trigger method
  • #11315: Problems with delegate() and :first in nested elements with equivalent classes
  • #11328: Ctrl key doesn't set event.metaKey to true on Windows
  • #11382: Mouseenter doesn't fire on a disabled input element
  • #11500: Bug : "change" event handler not executed when triggered manually on IE7 & IE8
  • #11621: Triggering a event on document doesn't bubble to window
  • #11718: Deprecate .data() events
  • #11719: Deprecate .bind("ready") event
  • #11731: Deprecate "hover" pseudo-event
  • #11733: Deprecate .load(), .unload(), and .error() methods
  • #11764: Allow delegated non-native events on disabled elements
  • #11786: Deprecate .toggle( handler, handler, … ) signature
  • #12203: .undelegate() with no arguments unbinds all handlers from the parent element


  • #8894: appendTo() and alike methods called after clone() returns incorrect jQuery set in IE
  • #10324: Clone does not copy innerHTML of object element in IE9
  • #11231: Append, Prepend, After, Before should accept an array as first argument
  • #11325: Improve domManip/buildFragment/clean
  • #11338: Inconsistent behavior with .replaceWith() and disconnected nodes.
  • #11528: ie8 serialization bug with .html() also hitting html5 tags
  • #11566: node.append et al. does not work when node is a DocumentFragment
  • #11617: Define a $.parseHTML method for creating HTML fragments
  • #11809: Memory leak in .text(val) setter?
  • #11898: prevAll() with a complicated :not() selector returns results in wrong order
  • #12132: IE10 bug when cloning an object element without a parentNode


  • #10996: Simplify offset()
  • #11823: Remove webkitConvertPointFromNodeToPage


  • #3778: selector matching issues
  • #5568: Selectors behave differently with comments tags on FF/IE
  • #7596: xpath selector attribute name with brackets [] fails
  • #8473: In IE9rc *[tabIndex] select all elements without tabindex also
  • #8906: .(prevAll('span:has(input,select,textarea)')
  • #9400: Deprecate :text, :radio, :checkbox, etc. selector extensions
  • #9810: Rewrite Positional Selector Logic
  • #10003: Regression/BC break from #6963
  • #10074: Chaining two [] selector with :first not working
  • #10499: :nth-child() inside :has() treated as if outside it
  • #10570: :text selector throws an error in IE7 when there is a cross domain iframe on the page
  • #10697: Sizzle revamp
  • #10799: Inconsistent results with [name="name"] selectors (also breaks .has)
  • #10809: incorrect test using ".activeElement" in the :focus pseudo-class resolver
  • #11109: Sizzle: Expr.relative truncates prematurely
  • #11120: Tabs in some selectors break in IE7
  • #11814: Sizzle's element-rooted QSA strategy (i.e. attaching a temporary id) does not account for comma and other other selector divisions
  • #11826: Explore a parsed caching system for matchesSelector within Sizzle
  • #11902: :not + :contains selectors
  • #11918: :eq selector problem when using tag name with ':'
  • #11959: Add support for :active selector
  • #11961: "Maximum call stack size exceeded" when using jQuery#is
  • #11966: descendant selector
  • #11969: Missing null check when gathering siblings
  • #12054: Uncaught TypeError: Object #<HTMLDocument> has no method 'getAttribute'
  • #12057: Sizzle Regression
  • #12082: .find() POS selector no longer working in 1.8b2
  • #12153: Error occurs in the selector


  • #9385: Deprecate jQuery.browser
  • #11163: jQuery.support.checkClone always true
  • #11249: CSP error in Chrome 18 when loading jQuery 1.7.1
  • #11439: jQuery.support.parentNode used, but not defined any more.
  • #11721: deprecate and remove internal uses of jQuery.support.boxModel
  • #11757: IE 8 memory accumulation in iframes with jQuery 1.7.2
  • #11766: Move jQuery.support to "unstable" status


  • #9800: New method: .addBack (supersedes .andSelf)
  • #11539: All version of jQuery don't support .has() on $([text Element].parentNode).has?(other_element)
  • #11543: .has doesn't work on detached elements
  • #11706: `.has()` fails on document fragments
  • #11738: Remove .closest(Array) returning Array