Whats happening with getJQuery.org

If you have signed up here, you may have noticed that currently there is not much happening here. Well, it's not that things have been abandoned, there is a reason behind it.

Last week, John Resig got in touch with me about rather than created 2 sites for jQuery, combining the efforts here with what is happening over at jQuery.com and created a jQuery "Supersite" where the community can come together and help create something a bit special.

There is a lot of similarity in what's happening on both sites, and currently we are discussing a lot of things - so please bare with us.

jQuery as an organization

I got interested in jquery because I saw that Drupal had officially adopted it as their drop-in javascript library. Drupal is at the forefront of the open-source CMS world, and I've got a lot of respect for their design decisions and their community.

So when I needed a javascript/ajax library at work for a little project I was working on, I looked into jquery and started using it for it. So far I'm very impressed, though truth be told I'm a total noob to javascript. It's essentially a library that alters the way javascript interacts with the DOM, along with some advanced functions like map and grep.

I do see a couple problems with jquery as an "organization" however:

* Mail list as the primary method of communication: I mean, come on! Forums are by far superior to this.
* Fragmented plugins: We need a centralized plugin repository.
* Better documentation: Don't get me wrong. Visual jQuery is very nice as an api reference, but I'd like to see more complete examples and sample usage.

Honestly, we just need to port the jQuery.com website over to a Drupal platform and be done with it. GetjQuery.org isn't a bad idea, and it's a great example of trying to "do it right" without usurping authority. jQuery has hit the big time now (it will get much larger as Drupal 5 comes out) and it's time to lay the framework to accommodate that growth.

Welcome to getJquery.org

Hello, and welcome to getJquery.org - the new site for the jQuery community.

So now you've come to this site, you'll probably be wondering what it's all about? Well simply the aim is to build a community of jQuery evangelists to help spread the word about what jQuery really is, and it's simple yet powerful API.

Yes, the site is a little bare but it was only launched today! The first stage is to gather a team of willing people to come up with elements of this site:

  • Come up with a uninque design based around the Drupal CMS
  • Come up with unique content that represents what jQuery is all about.
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