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jQuery’s popularity across more than ten years is impressive in a climate where there’s a hot new tool for Web developers seemingly every day. It’s reached impressive prevalence — with more than 6,000 commits on GitHub over the years — and you’d be hard-pressed to find a major company not using it somewhere on their website.
The library got its own foundation in 2012, the jQuery foundation, which is responsible for continued development and stewardship.
jQuery is now up to version 2.2.0, though W3Techs reports that more than 95% of all sites leveraging the library still use version 1 because it supports older browsers. The foundation announced last week that the current releases are expected to be the final code ahead of jQuery 3.0 availability later this year.
It’ll be interesting to see if we’re still using jQuery in ten years like we are today — or if it’ll have slowly faded into irrelevance as the Web morphs into something different again.