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jQuery 1.2 Release is "Massive"

John Resig, the creator and lead developer of the jQuery JavaScript library has announced the release of jQuery 1.2, calling it a "massive new release ... that's been a long time in the making." Version 1.1 was released last January. The jQuery library is a collection of UI tools for web app development that includes simplified DOM traversal, creating animation, event handling, and so on. jQuery's dot notation "chainability" allows developers to write very concise code.

jQuery 1.2 includes several new features. Additionally several inefficient or confusing features from 1.1 were dropped from the latest release, as was XPath selector support. Any projects that require these 1.1 features can be augmented with the jQuery 1.1 Compatibility Plugin and the XPath Selector Plugin. The compressed jQuery 1.2 library is 14 kb. The uncompressed version is 77 kb.

Members of the jQuery Project are also conducting a jQuery mini-conference in Boston on October 27, 2007. For more information, see Getting Started with jQuery.

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