Microsoft adopts open source jQuery
Microsoft is to include the popular open source jQuery library in its Visual Studio development suite. jQuery is an open source Ajax framework for developing rich web applications.
At the same time Nokia has also said it would use jQuery for its mobile web development. The move will add to the momentum around jQuery as Microsoft and Nokia join the likes of Google and Amazon as well as thousands of other websites using the framework.
In a blog posting on Sunday announcing the move, Scott Guthrie, Microsoft corporate vice president, said that “a big part of the appeal of jQuery is that it allows you to elegantly (and efficiently) find and manipulate HTML elements with minimum lines of code.
“Providing the ability to perform selection and animation operations … is something that a lot of developers have asked us to add to ASP.NET AJAX, and this support was something we listed as a proposed feature in the ASP.NET AJAX Roadmap we published a few months ago. As the team started to investigate building it, though, they quickly realized that the jQuery support for these scenarios is already excellent, and that there is a huge ecosystem and community built up around it already,” said Guthrie.
Why is this important? Because it is yet another sign that Microsoft is indeed starting to change. When Microsoft first laid out its Ajax roadmap it looked to many that the Redmond giant planned on re-inventing the wheel by creating its own framework. The fact that the company has looked at what is already in wide use and opted to go with that suggests that the days where Microsoft doggedly pursued its own agenda – often to the detriment of standards – are slowly receding.
It’s also important because it means that Microsoft is indeed, as it has been claiming, trying to engage with the open source community.
As Adam DuVander writes: “This is a great move by Microsoft to avoid creating its own jQuery-like framework. The company that seems to always require others to change is adapting to the way things already are on the web.”