The jQuery Divide by Rebecca Murphey

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Project managers, bosses, and teams are picking jQuery as their go-to JavaScript library at an ever-increasing pace. Nobody wants to choose a loser, and as demonstrated by super-meaningful Google graphs and surveys that count my grandfather's blog alongside leading web sites, jQuery is leaving all the other libraries in the dust. Plus, it's easy! And there's a plugin for everything! And with all those sites using it, finding someone who can write thoughtful, maintainable code with it will be totally no big deal. Right?

rebecca_murphey.jpgThis talk is a call to arms. This is not just JavaScript -- it's JavaScript, damnit, a language worthy of respect and, *gasp*, knowledgeable developers. When well-meaning but uninformed deciders and developers see jQuery as the be-all-end-all answer, conflating a knowledge of jQuery with a knowledge of JavaScript, we all lose. As a community, we owe it to the language -- and ourselves -- to give those deciders and developers the context they need to make well-informed decisions. Maybe jQuery is the right answer; but first, they need to truly understand the question.

Rebecca's blog posts on the subject
- On jQuery & Large Applications
- On Rolling Your Own

About Rebecca
Rebecca Murphey is a JavaScript application developer and consultant, working to help clients write client-side applications that treat JavaScript as a rich and powerful language, not a toy. She's the co-host of the rollicking yayQuery podcast, the organizer of the unexpectedly epic TXJS, and a contributor to the jQuery Cookbook from O'Reilly. She's also active in trying to get more women to participate in the tech community, even if it means she has to get up on stage herself. She lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her partner, two dogs, and two terrible cats

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