jQuery wins the 2010 Open Source JavaScript Libraries Award


“Recently, I completed judging duties for Packt Publishing’s 2010 Open Source awards in the JavaScript libraries category.  The competitors where jQuery, Dojo, ExtJS, Rafael and MooTools, all very good libraries.  The winner was jQuery, based on a couple of judges’ opinions and the opinions of the voting public.  Congratulations to jQuery!

The judging experience was very fun for me, and was also the first time I had the opportunity to use Google Wave.  Let me just say about that technology that while I see how it could be rather useful, I can also understand why it’s no longer being developed.  I think we’re going to see something like that being quite popular down the road, and it’s a good bet it’ll come from Google, but it may have been a little ahead of its time in a sense.

My own judgment for the award was actually for ExtJS as I felt that when you compare it to the others, the only strong comparison is to Dojo… this is because jQuery, and to a lesser extent MooTools, out of the box don’t come with a widget set, where as Dojo and ExtJS do (and Rafael is a little more specifically-targeted, so isn’t really a fair comparison to the other more general-purpose libraries).  This to me makes ExtJS and Dojo automatically richer libraries than the others.  That being said, I completely understand why so many voted for jQuery… it’s a fantastic library that has served many people extremely well.  So, even though it wasn’t my #1 choice (I believe I had it as second runner-up after Dojo) this was in no way, shape or form an outcome I can really argue with.  jQuery has a ton going for it, and if you add in something like jQuery UI, it is very, very good in almost every way.

I also want to say that every library was represented by someone from its community… John Resig for jQuery, Michael Mullany for ExtJS, Dylan Schiemann for Dojo, Dmitry Baranovskiy for Rafael and David Walsh for MooTools.  I had interacted with John, Michael and Dylan before, but Dmitry and David were new people to me.  I just want to say that all of them are class acts and supremely talented individuals who represented their libraries and communities extremely well.  We judges had the opportunity to pepper them with questions via Wave, in a few instances somewhat pointed questions, and they were all answered extremely well… in fact, I can honestly say that I learned a thing or two in the process, so that was a nice added bonus!

So, thanks very much to Packt Publishing for inviting me to participate, thanks to everyone who represented their libraries so well and of course congratulations again to jQuery for the win and to all the competitors for being fantastic products… it’s to all of your credit that the decision was not an easy one for me, and I suspect for anyone that voted!

Here’s the press release, courtesy of Julian Copes from Packt, who did a fantastic job organizing this and making it a smooth, enjoyable experience.




Press Release

jQuery wins the 2010 Open Source JavaScript Libraries Award

Birmingham, UK. 18 November 2010

Packt Publishing is pleased to announce that jQuery has won the inaugural Open Source JavaScript Libraries Award category in the 2010 Open Source Awards. The Award is a new category introduced to the Open Source Awards this year, featuring libraries of pre-written JavaScript controls which allow for easier development of RIAs (Rich Internet Applications), visually enhanced applications or smoother server-side JavaScript functionalities.

“”On behalf of the entire jQuery Team, let me first say thanks to Packt Publishing for this award. I’d also like to give a huge thanks to the community of designers and developers that use jQuery daily and felt the urge to vote for jQuery as their favorite JavaScript library.  We’ll use this prize to further the development of the jQuery Project.”” Said Ralph Whitbeck, jQuery core team member.

“While jQuery hasn’t undergone any radical change in the past year, the project has continued to evolve at the same frenetic pace and the 1.4 release included a wide range of small but important improvements.” Added Michael Mahemoff, Google developer advocate, HTML5/JavaScript specialist and one of the judges for the 2010 Open Source JavaScript Libraries category. “jQuery covers all bases as its performance is high priority, it is easy to use, has a huge community, great documentation, and an excellent plugin ecosystem.”

While jQuery occupied the top spot in the 2010 Open Source JavaScript Libraries category, the other two extremely popular finalists Raphaël and Mootools tied and both projects will be awarded the first runner up position.

With this announcement, the 2010 Open Source Awards has two more categories left, including the Open Source CMS category, for which results will be announced November 19th.

For detailed results on each category and more information about the Award, please visit: https://www.packtpub.com/open-source-awards-home.



Notes for Editors


Julian Copes

Marketing Executive, Packt Publishing

julianc@packtpub.com | www.PacktPub.com

Tel: 0121 683 1170

About the Open Source Awards

The Open Source Awards is an annual online event held by Packt Publishing to distinguish excellence among Open Source projects. The Award, formerly known as the Open Source Content Management System (CMS) Award, is designed to encourage, support, recognize and reward a wide range of Open Source projects.

About Packt Publishing

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Packt’s books and publications share the experiences of fellow IT professionals in adapting and customizing today’s systems, applications, and frameworks. Their solutions-based books give readers the knowledge and power to customize the software and technologies they’re using to get the job done.

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