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JQuery Celebrates 4 Years on the Web With New Release

Popular Ajax library jQuery is celebrating its fourth birthday with a major new release — JQuery 1.4.

JQuery has long had a devoted following among interface designers. Proponents tout its speed and lightweight structure which make it easy to integrate complex effects with only a few lines of code. Google, Microsoft, Amazon and independent web developers everywhere have turned to jQuery to handle Ajax, JavaScript animations and other hallmarks of the modern web.

The latest version of jQuery boasts some impressive speed gains and represents a ground up refactoring of much of jQuery’s underlying code. According the jQuery’s developers this release is significantly faster across browsers and eliminates much of the redundancy in jQuery’s internal functions.

Other nice changes in this release include support for HTML5 elements in serialization calls, the ability to test for specific rendering engines (for example, target WebKit with jQuery.browser.webkit) and support for per-property easing in your animations.

For full details on everything that’s new, check out the jQuery blog post and be sure to look over the backwards-incompatible changes before you attempt to upgrade any of your jQuery projects.

As always you can grab both the minified and full source versions of jQuery from the download page or simply include the Google hosted version in your projects by including the URL, http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.4/jquery.min.js, in your projects.

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