The Official jQuery Podcast has a New Home

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Today, we’d like to announce that we’ve moved the Official jQuery Podcast off the jQuery blog and onto it’s own site at http://podcast.jquery.com.

We felt that with a weekly blog post for each episodes show notes the podcast was taking over the blog.  Some of the community members thought the same way.  We’ve been working on porting over the existing posts and making the new podcast site easier to use for our listeners.

Each episodes show-notes are now streamlined to give you a quick introduction about what the show is about followed by all the links that were mentioned in the show.  We also have the ability to play the show from the post with an embedded player as well as easy links to download and subscribe.

We also have a easy contact form that will allow you to contact the podcast directly.

We’ve cleaned up the jQuery blog and removed the old show notes and put in place URL redirects so old urls will still go to the right post on the new site. While we are talking about the blog, we’d like to know what would you like to see more of on the jQuery blog?  Currently we’ve been using the blog to post news about the project and upcoming events.  What else can we post to help you out?  We’d love to hear your ideas.

Special thanks goes out to Doug Neiner for helping out with design and coding, also, would like to thank Jonathan Sharp for setting up the site and getting the URL redirects in place.

Let us know what you think of the new podcast site and don’t forget to keep listening to the show.

jQuery Conference 2010: Boston Announcement

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The jQuery Project is very excited to announce the jQuery Conference 2010: Boston on October 16-17, 2010.  The conference will be held at the Hilton Boston Logan in Boston, Massachusetts.  The best part of this announcement is that Tickets are on sale now!

This venue is the largest that the project has worked with to date (Harvard Law School in ‘07, the MIT Stata Center in ‘08 and Microsoft New England Research Center in ‘09) and we expect to sell out very quickly.

A brief synopsis of some of the content that you’ll be able to expect:

  • jQuery
  • jQuery Mobile
  • jQuery UI
  • jQuery Plugins
  • Complex Application Development
  • jQuery Case Studies
  • Plus much more

Speakers currently include jQuery Team Members:

We are still accepting speaker submissions for Boston, so please submit your proposed talk today! Deadlines for submissions is September 6, 2010 at 11:59PM PST.

In addition to two days of jQuery sessions, we’ll once again be offering a full day of jQuery Training prior to the event.  The jQuery Training will be offered by Bocoup and will be hosted at the Bocoup Loft. The training will cover the following topics:

  • What is jQuery?
  • What is the DOM?
  • jQuery and Selectors
  • jQuery and Methods
  • Get stuff do something: DOM traversal and manipulation
  • jQuery and Events
  • jQuery and AJAX
  • jQuery and Effects
  • Using plugins
  • jQuery UI and the widget factory
  • Debugging techniques with jQuery

Tickets for the jQuery Boston Training may be purchased on the Training Events Page.

Check out the jQuery Conference 2010: Boston event site for up-to-date information.

The jQuery Project is Proud to Announce the jQuery Mobile Project

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Mobile web development is an emerging hot topic in the web development community. As such, the jQuery Team has been hard at work on determining the strategy and direction that the jQuery Project will take. Today, we are proud to announce the jQuery Mobile Project. We’ve launched a new site at jquerymobile.com that publicly outlines our strategy, research and UI designs.

As always, we want to hear from you.  We’ve created a new Mobile jQuery forum to collect feedback from the community.  Please feel free to join in on the discussion and read more in the announcement.

jQuery Conference 2010: San Francisco Bay Area Speakers/Schedule Announced!

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The jQuery Project is very excited to announce the final schedule and speakers list for our first-ever San Francisco Bay Area conference. The conference will be held at the Microsoft Silicon Valley Research Center in Mountain View, California on April 24th and 25th, 2010.

Speakers include: John Resig, Scott González, Steve Souders, Nicholas Zakas, John Nunmaker and most of the jQuery team to name a few.

Registration for the jQuery Conference 2010: San Francisco Bay Area is still open! You still have a chance to register for this great event!

Get your ticket today.

A brief synopsis of some of the content that you’ll be able to expect:

  • jQuery
  • jQuery UI
  • jQuery Plugins
  • Complex Application Development
  • jQuery Case Studies

In addition to two days of jQuery sessions, for the first time we’ll be adding an additional day of jQuery training, prior to the main event. The training will be provided by appendTo and focused on helping you and your team get up to speed on jQuery prior to attending the conference. The training will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to jQuery
  • Finding Something
  • Doing Something With It
  • Chaining
  • Introduction to jQuery UI
  • Implementing jQuery UI Widgets

The training will be held on April 23rd at the Microsoft San Francisco offices in downtown San Francisco; tickets will cost $299. All proceeds from training go to the jQuery Project.

Get your ticket today.

14 Days of jQuery Summary: Days 8-14, jQuery 1.4.1 Released

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In case you’re not following along with the 14 days of jQuery, here’s a summary of what has been released for days 8-14.

Highlights

On Day 12, the jQuery team released jQuery 1.4.1, the first bug release to jQuery 1.4. jQuery 1.4.1 is now the latest release of jQuery; take a moment to review the 1.4.1 release notes.

On Day 13, the team announced the new jQuery Meetups site. We want to help foster local meetups and eventually try to provide more resources to your groups.

jQuery Meetups

On Day 14, the jQuery UI team released jQuery UI 1.8 Release Candidate 1. The team would love you to test and provide feedback with bugs or comments in the jQuery UI Development forum.

Full Recap

Day 8

  • The jQuery Project
  • jQuery.org

Day 9

  • jQuery Workshop Giveaway
  • jQuery Podcast Episode 8: api.jquery.com
  • jQuery 1.4 Hawtness #3, with Paul Irish
  • jQuery API Key Navigation

Day 10

  • jQuery 1.4 Hawtness #4, with Paul Irish

Day 11

  • Evented Programming with jQuery, Yehuda Katz
  • Behind the 14 Days of jQuery

Day 12

  • jQuery 1.4.1 Released
  • jQuery 1.4 Hawtness #5, with Paul Irish

Day 13

  • jQuery Meetups
  • jQuery 1.4 Hawtness #6, with Paul Irish
  • Paul Irish and Dave Methvin Join the jQuery Team

Day 14

  • jQuery UI 1.8rc1

Sponsors and Donations

Again, events like these are not possible without support from our great sponsors and from you, the jQuery Community. We’d like to thank everyone who has donated during this campaign. We received donations from 653 people, and we are truly grateful to all who contributed. If you missed the campaign, you can still let us know how much jQuery makes your life easier by sending a tax-deductible donation or by showing our sponsors some love for their support.

Netflix

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) is the world’s largest online movie rental service, with more than 11 million subscribers. For only $8.99 a month, Netflix members can instantly watch unlimited movies and TV episodes streamed to their TVs and computers and can receive unlimited DVDs delivered quickly to their homes.

JupiterIT

Jupiter provides expert web application development, support services, and training. Committed to open source, Jupiter collected its global experience delivering enterprise JavaScript applications and made it publically available as JavaScriptMVC.

appendTo

appendTo, the jQuery company, delivers industry-leading jQuery training and support services to the web development community and corporations worldwide. Leveraging the power of the Write Less, Do More JavaScript library and the vast experience of jQuery Team Members, appendTo is at the forefront of propelling the jQuery movement into the next generation of open source technology advancements

Oxide Design

Oxide Design Co. is a communications and information design firm. We specialize in corporate identity, brand strategy, packaging, print, and web site design. We clarify ideas to create effective design.

Fusionary

We are Fusionary, an award-winning web and interactive studio. We’ve been creating things online since 1995 and our clients love us.

The team hopes you enjoyed this online conference celebrating the 1.4 release of jQuery. We would love to hear your feedback. Please submit your feedback in this thread on the new jQuery Forum.

14 Days of jQuery Summary: Days 1 – 7

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In case you’re not following along with the 14 days of jQuery, here’s a summary of what has been released thus far.

Pre Release Day 1

  • New jQuery API Site

Pre Release Day 2

  • jQuery 1.4rc1

Day 1

  • jQuery 1.4 Released
  • jQuery 1.4 Live Q&A

Day 2

  • HD version of jQuery 1.4 Q&A
  • Media Temple Giveaway
  • jQuery Podcast episode 7 with John Resig

Day 3

  • Internal Changes in jQuery 1.4, with John Resig

Day 4

  • Getting Involved in the jQuery Community, with Karl Swedberg

Day 5

  • appendTo Training Drawing
  • jQuery 1.4 Hawtness #1, with Paul Irish

Day 6

  • jQuery In The Enterprise

Day 7

  • New jQuery Forum
  • jQuery 1.4 Hawtness #2, with Paul Irish

We still have 7 more days of jQuery 1.4 to come with more video’s and more releases to announce.

Again, events like these are not possible without support from our great sponsors and from you, the jQuery Community. We’d like to thank everyone who has donated so far, and we’d like to remind everyone that you will receive a free ebook with the donation of $20 or more throughout the 14 Days of jQuery.

Media Template Giveaway

Each day during the 14 days of jQuery, a web developer will receive a free (gs) Grid-Service account for one year from the jQuery Project’s web hosting provider, Media Temple. A grand prize winner will receive a 13″ MacBook Pro!

In order to enter the contest, you must submit a link to your coolest use of jQuery. A winner will be chosen each day during the 14 Days of jQuery. The grand prize winner will be announced on Friday, January 29th.

Check the Media Template Giveaway webpage for more details about the contest and to see the announced daily winners. There are only 7 days left, so enter now!

Check out jQuery Enlightenment!

jQuery EnlightenmentjQuery team member Cody Lindley has published the jQuery Enlightenment book, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, you’ll definitely want to. “Each chapter contains concepts essential to becoming a seasoned jQuery developer,”‘” so even if you’ve already got your copy, pick one up for a friend who’s just learning! Even better, a percentage of all sales goes directly back to the jQuery project and helps fund future releases and projects. A big thank you to Cody for his generous donation for the 14 Days of jQuery campaign!

jQuery Joins the Software Freedom Conservancy

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You’ve been hearing for almost a year now that the jQuery Project was going to join the Software Freedom Conservancy.  As we stated on January 14th, 2009:

By joining The Software Freedom Conservancy, the jQuery projects and community immediately realize some important benefits:

  • It allows the current project members to continue to manage the projects and maintain ultimate responsibility for the direction of current and future efforts.
  • It allows the projects to be considered a true non-profit efforts allowing us to be able to accept donations and contributions without incurring tremendous personal financial liability.
  • The copyright of the code will be assigned to the conservancy thus ensuring that no single person will own contributions or assets of the project.
  • It may allow corporations to write off time when an employee contributes to a project.
  • Most importantly, it ensures that the jQuery projects will always be open and free software.

This is a big step in formalizing the jQuery projects and an important accomplishment in ensuring that the investment being made by the jQuery community is protected.

The Software Freedom Conservancy outlines the benefits of joining quite well:

One of the principal benefits of joining the Conservancy is that member projects get all the protections of being a corporate entity without actually having to form and maintain one. These benefits include, most notably, the ability to collect earmarked project donations and protection from personal liability for the developers of the project. Projects can continue to operate in the same way they did before joining the Conservancy without having to select a board of directors or any other layer of corporate management, without having to maintain corporate records and without having to do any of the other things required of incorporated entities. The Conservancy handles all of that burden on behalf of its projects.

The Conservancy is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, so member projects can receive tax-deductible donations to the extent permitted by law. The Conservancy files a single tax return that covers all of its member projects and handles other corporate and tax related issues on behalf of its members, who are, of course, always free to join and leave the Conservancy at any time. Additionally, by not having to form a new organization, projects avoid having to pay the fees and spend the time required by the state incorporation and federal tax exemption application processes.

On September 11th, 2009, at the jQuery DevDays in Boston, MA the whole team was together and the documents were signed to officially join the Conservancy.

jQuery Team Signs Documents to join Software Freedom Conservancy

Left to Right: Brandon Aaron, Rey Bango, John Resig, Paul Bakaus, Richard D. Worth and Cody Lindley look on as the documents are signed. (Photo by Jörn Zafferer)

Since then we’ve formed the jQuery Project and have formalized a voting process to vote on adding or removing voting members, financial spending, etc.  Voting is done in public, and you can monitor votes here.

jQuery’s financials have also been transferred to the Conservancy and all your great donations are now managed by the Conservancy based on the direction of the voting members of the jQuery team.

Late last month the final details required by the Conservancy were ironed out and on Tuesday this week the Conservancy welcomed the jQuery Project as its 19th member.

One final detail we are still working on is transferring the copyright of the code to the Foundation.  We are hoping to get that done in the near future.  Transferring the copyright to the Foundation will ensure that the code will live forever.

You can listen to John Resig talk more about joining the Software Freedom Conservancy in Episode 1 of the Official jQuery Podcast.

jQuery Suckerfish Menu

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I think we all have heard of or used Suckerfish CSS Menu’s before, written by Pattrick Griffiths and Dan Webb for A List Apart. If not, it’s a cool way to make drop down menu’s using standards based semantic HTML and CSS. Unfortunately, with IE still dominating the browser marketplace we still need a way to handle the hover state in IE. To do that we need a little bit of JavaScript to attach mouseover and mouseout events to HTML elements.

Myles Angell decided to rewrite Suckerfish’s JavaScript with jQuery. Myles uses jQuery’s Basic Effects to show and hide the submenus and jQuery’s BaseStyle Base module methods to highlight the current moused over menu item. Pretty slick.

Check out some of Myles other experiments with jQuery. For the jQuery beginner these are good examples to start out with. The treeview is another experiment that caught my eye.

Aptana IDE now includes jQuery

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Aptana latest release of their Web 2.0 IDE software now includes the ability to import jQuery’s JavaScript library into a web project. The project sets itself up with an included sample page that was created by Cody Lindley that demonstrates how to use jQuery.

“You can now quickly access Code Assist on your favorite AJAX JavaScript libraries by creating an AJAX library project. Currently, Aptana supports creating projects based on the AFLAX, Dojo, JQuery, MochiKit, Prototype, Rico, script.aculo.us, and Yahoo UI libraries.” –Aptana Weblog

Aptana is a IDE for developing Web 2.0 web sites quickly and easily. The key is to see what you are doing as you do it in the preview pane. Aptana requires JRE v1.4.2 and can be installed on Windows, Mac and Linux. It is also available as a Eclipse plugin with other IDEs to come.

“Aptana is a robust Integrated Development Environment (IDE) designed specifically for web developers who use (X)HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Aptana includes the following features:

  • Full Code Assist on all Core and DOM JavaScript functionality, as well as your own JavaScript functions
  • Code structure outliner for (X)HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (even all at the same time)
  • Errors and warnings across all 3 languages (code validation)
  • Ability to extend the IDE via JavaScript with new ‘Actions’ and new ‘Views’
  • Support for Mac (Universal Binary) and Windows with Linux coming soon
  • Free and open source ” — Aptana FAQ

John Resig has been working with Aptana to improve the jQuery docs such that they’ll work better with their autocomplete api, so look for that in the near future.