jQuery is extinct

jQuery used to be the king of the web development, just like the T-Rex used to be the king of the Earth 65 million years ago. Its reputation and power was well deserved, since it used to solve a really big and difficult problem; Cross browser incompatibilities.

However, all good things must come to an end, and today jQuery is literally extinct – Although many web developers will probably object to me saying such a thing. The problem jQuery used to solve, is no longer a problem. Hence, its biggest asset, is all of a sudden a ball and chain its maintainers cannot get rid of, since it would break backwards compatibility with previous versions of jQuery, and they would basically have to create another non-compatible jQuery. The irony … 😉

10 years ago, if you wanted to create a piece of JavaScript that worked equally well in both IE, FireFox and Chrome, you had almost no other option than to use jQuery. Today, you can simply create JavaScript, and the statistical probability of that you’ll create something that doesn’t work in all browsers, is close to zero. Hence, jQuery is no longer of any use, besides from of course adding 30KB of bandwidth to your page load that is.

Of course, a lot of people have invested huge amounts of time and effort into learning jQuery, and these developers will defend jQuery to the bitter end. But we can all see where it’s going, even the ones who still defends it. jQuery is extinct. Thank you for showing us greatness and being of service to the world, for a period of almost 10 years, and hence being the T-Rex of web development – But now it’s time to bury yourself.

Don’t feel too bad about yourself jQuery, JavaScript is soon going the same way

R.I.P. jQuery!


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