jQuery 1.11.0/2.1.0 Beta 2 Released

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The latest betas of jQuery 1.11 and 2.0 have arrived! You can get them here:

Don’t forget that jQuery 1.x supports IE 6/7/8 and jQuery 2.x does not.

What’s in the beta

Asynchronous Module Definition (AMD): The biggest change in 1.11/2.1 continues to be AMD. jQuery has supported having the library itself loaded by an AMD loader ever since version 1.7. Now, we’re using AMD internally as well, replacing our old modular build system. If you want to know more, read the README file.

Published on npm: The 2.x branch of this beta and all our future 2.x releases will be published on npm so that you can use it with node or packages like browserify. Note that the main jquery page is currently not up to date, and won’t be until we push the final 2.1.0 to it. If you want to install the beta, you can use npm install jquery@2.1.0-beta2. Many thanks to Domenic Denicola who has already reported bugs #14548 and #14549 that will be fixed in the next go-round.

Performance: Our new “lazy feature detects” reduce the startup time for the library, which is especially good for mobile devices. If you never call the API, you never even need to run that code! We also found and removed some situations where jQuery unnecessarily forced a page layout to occur.

Bug fixes: Lots and lots of bug fixes are in this release, including several to ensure the latest versions of browsers like IE11 work smoothly and eliminate console warnings in Chrome. Many fixes are shared across both versions. You can see the complete changelog below.

Breaking changes: None! We’re committed to making this an easy update for you if you already did an upgrade to 1.9+ or are using the jQuery Migrate plugin.

Please do give these betas a try and let us know whether everything is working as you’d like. It’s always frustrating to us when we make a new production release and people find bugs that could have been fixed during the beta process. It only takes a few minutes to smoke-test your code against these betas, and it will save both you and us a lot of future heartache!

Sad sourcemap story

One of the changes we’ve made in this beta is to remove the sourcemap comment. Sourcemaps have proven to be a very problematic and puzzling thing to developers, generating scores of confused questions on forums like StackOverflow and causing users to think jQuery itself was broken.

We’ll still be generating and distributing sourcemaps, but you will need to add the appropriate sourcemap comment at the end of the minified file if the browser does not support manually associating map files (currently, none do). If you generate your own jQuery file using the custom build process, the sourcemap comment will be present in the minified file and the map is generated; you can either leave it in and use sourcemaps or edit it out and ignore the map file entirely.

We will be encouraging browser makers to come up with better ways to handle sourcemaps for situations like jQuery’s, where there are widely distributed files on CDNs. We’d like sourcemaps to be robust and gracefully handle situations like file renaming or missing files. See our bug ticket for more information.

Let’s give thanks

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, let’s give a hand to the great people who have contributed to jQuery core code since the last release: Amey Sakhadeo, Anthony Ryan, Chris Antaki, Chris Price, Corey Frang, Daniel Herman, Dominik D. Geyer, George Kats, Guy Bedford, Ilya Kantor, Jeremy Dunck, Jörn Zaefferer, Lihan Li, Marian Sollmann, Michał Gołębiowski, Mike Sidorov, Noah Hamann, Oleg Gaidarenko, Richard Gibson, Ronny Springer, Scott González, Sindre Sorhus, Terry Jones, Timmy Willison, and Timo Tijhof.

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jQuery Conference Set to Roost in San Diego

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With 2013 rapidly drawing to a close, we’re excited to announce that jQuery’s first stop in 2014 will be in lovely San Diego, California on Wednesday, February 12 and Thursday, February 13! It’s our first trip to San Diego, and we’re hoping you’ll join us at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center to beat the winter doldrums for a week that will be chock-full of jQuery, JavaScript, and front-end development, and how the latest and greatest relates to what you do every day.

The early bird gets the worm – and saves fifty bucks – so get your tickets now!

Call for Speakers

As always, we’re looking for great speakers to help us make jQuery San Diego into a conference that’s both edifying and entertaining. In the same way that jQuery is but one of the many tools that front-end developers use regularly, jQuery Conference is an opportunity to present and learn about the many technologies and practices that help us build web apps today. In other words, we’re eager to hear proposals about HTML5, JavaScript, CSS, testing, tooling, deploying, mobile, responsive design, and pretty much anything else relevant to front-end engineering today. (Of course, proposals about jQuery, jQuery UI, and jQuery Mobile are happily welcomed as well.)

Our call for speakers is open from now through November 10, 2013, and we’re hoping to hear from speakers with a diverse range of experience as conference speakers, web developers, and people! If you have any questions about speaking at jQuery San Diego, please get in touch with us on Twitter @jqcon or via e-mail at content at jquery dot org.

Level Up With Roost

For San Diego’s pre-conference training, we’re partnering with Bocoup to bring you Roost, a two-day training conference that’s a great opportunity to increase your skills with many aspects of web development, including jQuery & JavaScript, HTML & CSS, unit testing, and more. If you’re a beginning-to-intermediate web developer looking to make the most of your trip and warm up before jQuery Conference, Roost’s two days of practical guidance on February 10-11 make a great complement to your week.

Roost and jQuery Conference will both be at the Town and Country Resort, with individual tickets available for each event, as well as a discounted combination ticket to both events.

That’s All…For Now

Tickets for jQuery Conference and Roost are on sale now, and supplies of early bird tickets are limited! We can’t wait to start reviewing your proposals and announce the speaker lineup, but until then, follow @jqcon for news and updates! We’re also looking for sponsors to team up with us and help make our time in San Diego as awesome as possible, so if your company wants to get involved, get in touch with us for a sponsorship packet and more information.

jQuery 1.11 and 2.1 Beta 1 Released

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Ahoy Matey! Do you know what today is? It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Before the jQuery team weighed anchor and ran for the grog, we left a treasure chest on the jQuery CDN filled with beta versions of jQuery 1.11 and 2.1. Here be the treasure map to the bounty:

Don’t forget that jQuery 1.x supports IE 6/7/8 and jQuery 2.x does not. Here are the highlights of what changed:

Asynchronous Module Definition (AMD): In this release we’re going full-mast with AMD. jQuery has supported having the library itself loaded by an AMD loader ever since version 1.7. Now, we’re using AMD internally as well, replacing our old modular build system. Colin Snover started it with some fine cutlass work, then Timmy Willison made sure the whole library was drawn and quartered properly with AMD. He even mollycoddled you with a fine README file so you can be buildin’ yer own custom version. And because we’re pirates, we’re using aaaarrrrr.js to build it.

Performance: Michał Gołębiowski led the charge to reduce jQuery’s startup time by deferring much of the feature detection code so that it runs the first time you use an API call, rather than on page load. If you never call the API, you never even need to run that code! We also found and removed some situations where jQuery unnecessarily forced a page layout to occur.

Bower support: We’re now using Bower for a lot of our internal dependency management, and plan to publish production versions of jQuery to Bower in the future.

Bug fixes: We keelhauled a few scurvy bugs since the last versions. There’s a list down the way if you want to be knowin’.

API changes: None! With all the internal code changes for AMD, we didn’t want to change a lot of APIs in this version. Your old scurvy code should work with no problems as long as you already did an upgrade to 1.9+ or are using the jQuery Migrate plugin.

Now we know some of you may not be takin’ the time to try this beta. We got a name for you: bilge rats. Don’t be comin’ to us after the release and complainin’ about bugs. Get on board and man the lines so we can get this code shipshape before the beta is over!

A tip of the pirate hat to the sea dogs and scallywags who got this release under way: Timmy Willison, Michał Gołębiowski, Oleg Gaidarenko, Richard Gibson, Amey Sakhadeo, Jörn Zaefferer, Chris Price, Daniel Herman, Guy Bedford, Jeremy Dunck, Mike Sidorov, and Terry Jones. And of course an aye-aye shout-out to the original jQuery pirate, Long John Resig!

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jQuery Austin Speaker Lineup

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With just over a month until jQuery Austin starts, I wanted to take a few minutes to point out the highlight of our conference program: our talks! With a single-track conference, it’s our job to select individual talks that will appeal to the entire conference audience. At the same time, we want to make sure we cover a broad range of subjects related to jQuery and front-end engineering so that every attendee can take home something that will make a difference in their day-to-day development. Those were our goals with our Call for Papers, and we hope you’ll agree our 20 selections fit the bill.

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One of the main focuses of #jqcon is to bring you the latest on what’s going on in the jQuery libraries, and there’s no one better for that than keynote speakers Dave Methvin and Scott González, development leads for jQuery and jQuery UI. Dave will be talking about more than just recent changes to jQuery core; he’ll be delving into how to diagnose what does (and doesn’t) cause performance woes in modern web apps. And with the jQuery UI and jQuery Mobile projects merging, you’ll want to be sure to hear Scott tell what the future has in store.

As increased modularity comes to jQuery, Timmy Willison will describe how and why we’re making the switch to AMD in core, and how to leverage these forthcoming changes in your apps. Julian Aubourg is going to take a dive into Deferreds and Promises, which have been proven to be a useful tool for managing asynchronous code, even since before their incorporation into jQuery a few years ago.

Mobile

We’re excited to have a number of talks on taming the burgeoning beast that is mobile development. Alex Schmitz will be reviewing the results of the Mobile team’s serious look at the performance of jQuery Mobile for the upcoming 1.4 release, and outline new features that have been added with performance in mind, and Asta Gindulyte will examine how to use jQuery Mobile across a wide variety of screen sizes, from phones right on up to televisions.

Figuring out how to serve the right images to your application’s users across devices and bandwidths has been one of the more interesting discussions in web development for the last year or two, and that’s why we’ve brought Christopher Schmitt to help you make sense of it all. Building applications that work offline is another challenge, and Seth Hallem will explain how to persist, search, update, and display data in HTML5 mobile apps.

Application Development

Debugging is the constant task of software development, and Brian Arnold will be walking us through the constantly-improving tools that can help improve your skills in this dark art. Sometimes, apps appear to work fine until they get into the hands of users who require a screenreader, so Jörn Zaefferer will be giving a primer on the important subject of how to make your web application accessible to all users.

Client-side MVC frameworks are certainly all the rage these days; after having talks on Backbone and Ember at jQuery Portland, we’re thrilled to bring AngularJS into the mix, with Burke Holland bringing you up to speed on directives, one of the framework’s coolest features. If you’ve been using MVC frameworks, one question that you’ve likely wrangled with is where to draw the line between reusable UI widgets and custom application code – which just happens to be one of the subjects Richard Lindsey will be presenting in his discussion of the jQuery UI Widget Factory.

Front-End Ops

Web applications are continuously becoming more JavaScript-centric, bringing increased rigor to the client-side. Grunt has taken off as a popular tool for building and minifying code, and Aaron Stacy‘s talk will explore how to use this JS task runner for even more. Many more developers are recognizing the importance of writing unit tests, and Travis Tidwell will be in Austin to help you incorporate running tests into your deployment process with PhantomJS.

All the technology in the world doesn’t change the fact that web applications are still written by human beings, and Monika Piotrowicz will analyze how we can improve our workflows to better accommodate all the different people who are involved and perhaps even build better products! The jQuery Foundation itself is one organization where we’ve made significant changes to how we work in order to get more developers involved in the project, and Anne-Gaelle Colom will be on hand to detail her experiences as she’s grown to become the Documentation lead for jQuery Mobile.

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The open web platform continues to evolve and bring with it exciting new possibilities for what we can do in the browser. Jenn Schiffer will enlighten you on the canvas tag and how it can let you use your coding abilities to be creative and make art, and Vlad Filippov will bring this discussion into a full three dimensions as he shows off voxel.js, a WebGL-based toolkit for creating Minecraft-like worlds and interactive visualizations.

If you’ve got pockets and a phone that vibrates, then you’re surely aware of the utility of push notifications, and Kris Borchers will explain the finer points of their journey to the web platform. Web Components are another emerging spec that have the potential to change how we develop and share reusable widgets, and Juan Pablo Buritica will illuminate the current state of affairs and show tools that will let developers get started writing more modular code today.

Join Us

With so much in store, we hope you’ll head deep in the heart of Texas with us on September 10 and 11! Head on over to the conference site to read more about the program and buy your tickets today. In fact, we’re celebrating the renaissance of our RSS feed with $25 off coupon for anyone who uses the coupon code JQBLOG until we run out of tickets!

If you’re able to attend #jqcon, you’ll probably want to stay within walking distance of the Austin Convention Center in our room blocks at the Hyatt Place and Radisson hotels, especially if you want to be able to explore downtown Austin and rub elbows with your fellow attendees.

If you have any questions, always feel free to get in touch with us on Twitter or via e-mail. If not…see you there!

jQuery Heads to Austin

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This year, we’re happy to be able to resume our tradition of throwing two jQuery Conferences and announce that we’re headed for the first time to Austin, Texas! jQuery Austin is set for Tuesday, September 10 and Wednesday, September 11 at the Austin Convention Center, and we’re planning to host a discussion of the latest developments in jQuery, as well as other tools and techniques from around the world of front end development.

Call for Proposals

We’re looking for speakers who can bring a broad array of perspectives on subjects that cross the spectrum of technologies that are used in tandem with jQuery every day. We love listening to ideas about jQuery, jQuery UI, and jQuery Mobile, but we know there’s a lot more out there. JavaScript, HTML5, CSS, mobile, testing, deployment, and growing as a developer are all subjects jQuery users are eager to hear more about, so if you’ve got something you want to share with the community, we’d love to hear from you.

Our Call for Proposals will be open through July 14th, so we’re hoping to hear from you soon! We’re returning to a single-track format for jQuery Austin, so we’re expecting to have to make some tough decisions once we’ve reviewed the proposals; nevertheless, the only way to be considered is to submit in the first place!

Pre-Conference Training

If you’re looking to understand how to become a better developer and leverage newer features in jQuery, Bocoup‘s jQuery Essentials course on Monday, September 9 is just such an opportunity. The class is taught by Query plugin auteur extraordinaire and Grunt creator Ben Alman, and it’s a great chance to bone up on your skills before the conference begins.

Tickets and Accommodations

Tickets are on sale now, with early-bird pricing available through July 16. You can buy a single ticket for both events, or you can choose to attend only the conference or the training.

We’ve reserved blocks of rooms at the nearby Hyatt Place and Radisson hotels, both of which will leave you just steps from the convention center and downtown Austin.

See You There!

We’re thrilled to be adding some southwestern flavor to #jqcon. The city offers a great backdrop for a few days of learning and connecting with the of the jQuery community while enjoying the BBQ and music. As the saying* goes, “You’ll always remember an Austin September!” Follow @jqcon for news and updates as we have them, we look forward to having you join us in Austin! In the meantime, consider submitting a talk and polishing your cowboy boots!

* This is not actually a saying.

jQuery 1.10.2 and 2.0.3 Released

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It’s nearly Independence Day here in the USA, so we’re delivering something fresh off the grill: jQuery 1.10.2 and 2.0.3. These releases fix a few pesky bugs that have been reported over the past month, but the list is refreshingly small. Since some of the bugs spanned both the 1.x and 2.x branches we’re releasing new versions of both to keep them in sync.

You can get the latest files from the jQuery download page, including sourcemap files and links to helpful tools such as jQuery Migrate. If you’re upgrading from a version of jQuery before 1.9, please do read through that page carefully to make your migration as pain-free as possible. Remember that it may take a few days for the CDNs at Google, Microsoft, and CDNJS to respond to the rocket’s red glare and post the latest versions. In the meantime, use the copy on the jQuery CDN.

We’re pretty optimistic that these latest bug-fix releases should be free of surprises. If you drop the new files into your site and see fireworks, please do your patriotic duty and report a bug with a test case (preferably using jsFiddle) at our bug tracker.

These releases wouldn’t have happened without the contributions of Jason Bedard, Jason Merino, Jörn Zaefferer, Michał Gołębiowski, Nguyen Phuc Lam, Oleg Gaidarenko, Richard Gibson, Rick Waldron, Terry Jones, and Timmy Willison.

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Live From Portland, It’s jQuery!

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Later this week, jQuery Conference is returning stateside for the first time in 2013, and we’re excited to announce another first: inspired by the mighty Willamette River running through Portland, we’re bringing you our first-ever live stream! No matter where you are in the world, you’ll be able to take in both days of #jqcon and the pre-conference Bocoup training. Doing a live stream comes with its own challenges and complexities, so we are selling tickets for each stream, and wanted to take a moment to walk you through your options.

Conference Live Stream

A ticket for the conference live stream costs $149, which entitles you to both tracks on June 13th and 14th. However, jQuery Foundation members get free tickets to the live stream. Membership in the foundation is as little as $100 annually (and you get a t-shirt!), so now’s a great time to join the foundation, show your support for jQuery and learn a whole lot! If a bunch of folks at your company would all like to attend, we’re also selling Group tickets for $749.

Training Live Stream

In addition, live streaming tickets are available for the one-day Bocoup trainings on June 12th for $299, with an additional $50 discount for jQuery Foundation members. You can choose to attend either the Advanced jQuery or Front-end Fundamentals classes. Group tickets are available for $999.

How It Works

Once you buy your live stream tickets, the morning of each event you’ll receive an e-mail with your unique link to the stream. Click on it! (Or simulate a mouse click using the whole document.createEvent song and dance, if you’re so inclined.)

Odds and Ends

We still have a few late-bird tickets remaining, and we’ve just announced we’ll be hosting a party on June 13th thanks to our friends at Jive Software, so if you’re still on the fence, hopefully you just fell off (gently)! Whether you’re joining us in person or on the stream, we’re looking forward to three days of fun and learning, and hope you are too.

As always, follow @jqcon for detailed conference updates, and join us in the #jqcon channel on Freenode to chat with fellow attendees around the room, and around the world.

jQuery 1.10.1 and 2.0.2 released

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A new release already? It’s only been a week! Yes, because you deserve it. We’re greatly encouraged by all the people who upgraded and found our well-hidden “we completely hosed relative animations” easter egg. This release restores += animations and friends to their former glory, plus it fixes a few smaller bugs that were reported. Since the bug affected both the 1.x and 2.x branches, we’re doing new releases for both.

As always, you can get the latest files from the jQuery download page, including sourcemap files and links to helpful tools such as jQuery Migrate. Thank you Tom Byrer for pointing out that the sourcemap files weren’t listed on the download page, and also for contacting the CDNJS folks to have them host the sourcemap files.

Many thanks to jQuery team members Corey Frang, Oleg Gaidarenko, and Richard Gibson for quickly jumping on these issues and creating unit tests to prevent future regressions. This ensures we never make the same mistake twice, but instead deliver fresh and unique bugs with each release. If you find any of those, please report them with a test case (preferably using jsFiddle) at our bug tracker.

I hope that we’ll see many of you at the jQuery Conference Portland, coming up just two weeks from now!

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jQuery 1.10.0 and 2.0.1 Released

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It’s a wonderful day for a software release. Such a wonderful day, we’re doing two software releases! Today it’s jQuery 1.10.0 and jQuery 2.0.1 making their debut — five years to the day after jQuery 1.2.6 was released.

A simultaneous release isn’t always easy, but it can be very satisfying. The team is certainly satisfied with this duo of deliveries; those of you who have already upgraded to the 1.9/2.0 level should have an easy time with these versions. If you’re upgrading older code, the advice in the jQuery 1.9 upgrade guide still applies to these two releases as well. Also don’t forget that jQuery. 2.0 doesn’t support IE 6, 7, or 8 since we’re leaving that work to the 1.x branch. If you need some help updating or keeping older pre-1.9 jQuery code going, don’t forget about the jQuery Migrate plugin.

As always, the latest versions are all available on our download page.

What’s new? Our main goal with these two releases is to synchronize the features and behavior of the 1.x and 2.x lines, as we pledged a year ago when jQuery 2.0 was announced. Going forward, we’ll try to keep the two in sync so that 1.11 and 2.1 are feature-equivalent for example. We don’t anticipate you’ll find any of these to be disruptive changes. Here are a few highlights:

Relaxed HTML parsing: You can once again have leading spaces or newlines before tags in $(htmlString). We still strongly advise that you use $.parseHTML() when parsing HTML obtained from external sources, and may be making further changes to HTML parsing in the future.

Increased modularity: In either version, you now can do a custom build that excludes the .wrap(), .wrapAll(), .wrapInner() and .unwrap() methods. If all your code is using the newer .on() event methods introduced in jQuery 1.7, you can also exclude .bind() and .delegate() as well. The builds available on the jQuery, Google, and Microsoft CDNs continue to include all methods to provide maximum compatibility.

No more IE9 focus of death: If a page inside an iframe attempts to focus an element or even tries to read document.activeElement before the page is ready, it causes an error. We now work around this issue.

Cordova bug fix in 2.0.1: The Cordova deviceready event doesn’t properly set an event target, so we work around the problem by setting the target to document.

Many thanks to the people who contributed work to jQuery 1.10.0 or jQuery 2.0.1: Brandon Johnson, Chris Talkington, Dmitry Gusev, James Burke, Jason Bedard, Julian Aubourg, Kyle Robinson Young, Mark Raddatz, Michał Gołębiowski, Nguyen Phuc Lam, Oleg Gaidarenko, Renato Oliveira dos Santos, Richard Gibson, Rick Waldron, Scott González, Timmy Willison, Timo Tijhof, and Tom H Fuertes.

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jQuery Portland Update

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With just over a month remaining until the jQuery Foundation heads to the Pacific Northwest for jQuery Portland, the first U.S. jQuery Conference of 2013, we thought we’d take a moment to bring you up to speed on what we’ve been preparing for when we set up camp on Thursday, June 13 and Friday, June 14 at the Oregon Convention Center.

What’s In Store

We had such a great response to our Call For Papers that picking “only” 31 talks was a real challenge! Our goal was to put together a program that has something for developers with all levels of experience across the entire spectrum of front-end development, and we’re really proud of the results (and our amazing speakers, most of whom are presenting at their first jQuery conference). We’ve put together a Twitter list of all our speakers if you want to connect with them in advance.

If you’re out for the latest and greatest, you’ll probably want to spend a lot of your time in Track A, where we’ll be covering (amongst other things) how and when to use native HTML5 and CSS3 solutions to problems often solved with jQuery, mobile and A/B testing strategies, new technologies like WebRTC and Web Components, as well as future plans for selectors and indeed, JavaScript itself.

Track B, on the other hand, is a great place to shore up your foundations and learn where to take your next steps as a developer. We’ll be covering a whole lot, including JavaScript fundamentals, code organization, unit testing, single page applications (and the frameworks often used to build them), Node.js, and avoiding the kinds of small mistakes that can turn into big problems later.

Of course, you’re free to go to whichever sessions you like in either track, and there’s a lot more on offer, including a few sessions on how to learn and teach yourself and your colleagues, as well as keynotes from project leads on the latest developments in the jQuery ecosystem. Take a look at the full program to see all the talks and read the full abstracts.

Tickets & Accommodations

We’ll be selling regular conference tickets until the end of May, at which point we’ll only be selling “late-bird” tickets, which will cost $50 more, so if you’re planning to join us in Portland, you’ll probably want to act now before the price goes up!

jQuery Foundation members will always be able to buy a ticket for the discounted price of $399, so now’s a great time consider joining the jQuery Foundation to show your support and save a bit as well!

There are still hotel rooms available in our room block at the DoubleTree Portland, but the group rate of $144 per night is only guaranteed for reservations made by May 27th.

If you’re looking to bone up on your jQuery skills before the conference begins, we’ve teamed up with Bocoup to hold beginner and advanced training classes on Wednesday, June 12, for which separate tickets (and similar membership discounts) are available.

Sponsors

We’re happy to have the support of the sponsors who have already joined us to help bring jQuery Portland to life, including Splunk, Intel, AppNexus, Automattic, Infragistics, Act-On Software, and Bocoup.

There are still ways to get involved in making jQuery Portland even better, so take a look at our prospectus and get in touch if you (or your company) are interested.

See You There?

We’re really excited about the way jQuery Portland is shaping up and believe that there’s a little bit of something for everyone. (Everyone who reads the jQuery blog, that is!) Follow @jqcon on Twitter for more updates, and hopefully, we’ll see you in a month!