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Microsoft will support JQuery in the future!!!

September 29th, 2008 No comments

Mondays are always a drag, the weekends over, you have a full 5 days to get through before the next weekend – a steep contrast to my uni days, when all hope was pinned on waiting for the end of semester.

Yesterday Scott Guthrie posted some very exciting news about Microsoft supporting the JQuery project in the future.

I’m excited today to announce that Microsoft will be shipping jQuery with Visual Studio going forward.  We will distribute the jQuery JavaScript library as-is, and will not be forking or changing the source from the main jQuery branch.  The files will continue to use and ship under the existing jQuery MIT license.

We will also distribute intellisense-annotated versions that provide great Visual Studio intellisense and help-integration at design-time.

This is huge news and a very welcome suprise – especially for a Monday.

But wait, theres more:

Going forward we’ll use jQuery as one of the libraries used to implement higher-level controls in the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit, as well as to implement new Ajax server-side helper methods for ASP.NET MVC.  New features we add to ASP.NET AJAX (like the new client template support) will be designed to integrate nicely with jQuery as well.

Can things get any better?

We also plan to contribute tests, bug fixes, and patches back to the jQuery open source project.  These will all go through the standard jQuery patch review process.

Turns out to be a not so bad Monday after all, now if we could just work on the traffic around Melbourne.

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