As more developers adopt the practice of AJAX-style development to create more interactive applications, they are looking for tools to make the job easier.
Ever since the initial public release of the technology in January of 2006, much of the jQuery technologys development has been driven by feedback from its international community, Resig said.
But Behaviour just didnt go far enough for Resig. In a blog post on Aug. 22, 2005, Resig wrote, “Looking at how Behaviour works, Ive never been completely happy—it simply seems too tedious and verbose for everyday use. Ive since begun to tinker with different styles of code layout—trying to find an optimal solution.”
After he started to show his early code to fellow Web developers, they encouraged him to build it out, Resig said.
In addition, jQuery actively follows a couple of ideologies that tend to make it rather unique, Resig said. “It actively promotes short, simple code and small file sizes. It is through these ideals that much of the popularity [of] jQuery has grown,” he said.
Indeed, the technology has been used by developers of commercial Web sites such as Technorati and FeedBurner, as well as of open-source projects such as Drupal, Trac and CakePHP, Resig said.
Cody Lindley, a professional Web developer in Boise, Idaho, said he is a user and fan of jQuery. Lindley said he was familiar with Behaviour, and while Behaviour “does a great job” of filling in the gap between pre-packaged libraries, it is not a total solution, he said.
In choosing the initial set of AJAX libraries to be included with the Aptana IDE, “We wanted libraries that represented the same principal that we were trying to achieve with Aptana—fast, free, lightweight and easy to use,” Colton said.
He said he also was “impressed” with jQuerys rich feature set, “extreme ease of use, and extremely small size. It seemed like a great library for our users to work with, especially for new user of Web 2.0 techniques.”