On class literals possibly not making it into ECMAScript.next

Rick Waldron waldron.rick at gmail.com
Fri Nov 4 17:14:03 PDT 2011

...But that's not the point. The point is to have a _single_ namespaced,
unified API; this helps keep the library small, reduces potential conflict
with other libs, makes it easier to learn, easier to extend and easier to

jQuery deals in reality, not the fantasy world of spec drafts and syntax
bikeshedding, and that reality is the web _today_. To be clear, you're
aware that jQuery supports a completely compatible API across all browsers
that it supports, right? That means that nothing goes into jQuery that
cannot be reproduced in...

IE 6, 7, 8 & 9
Firefox 3.6, 6 & 7
Chrome 14, 15
Safari 5, 5.1
Opera 11.01, 11.5

It's not productive to suggest that jQuery has done some kind of "poor
man's module" or that it could've done better if it had modules, or that it
should, or even might be able to take advantage of some kind of bleeding
edge ES.next Module system. jQuery promises that it will not break back
compat from one release to the next, and when we do, we _hustle_ to get
point release bug fixes out the door. When 24.6 million[1] sites are using
a piece of code - because they can trust that it works and that it won't
wreak havoc on their site from one version to the next.


[1] http://trends.builtwith.com/javascript/jQuery
 On Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 7:47 PM, Axel Rauschmayer <axel at rauschma.de> wrote:

> When I see singleton objects in JavaScript, I mostly consider them poor
> man’s modules (including the Object.* methods).
> You could write a jQuery module that exports the “everything else”
> functions and the identifiers $ and jQuery for the DOM stuff.
> On Nov 5, 2011, at 0:28 , Rick Waldron wrote:
> No, not at all. It's a conscious design decision that results in only
> introducing one new property to the global object (two if you count the
> shorthand reference to $)
> This pattern makes is _very_ easy for newer developers/adopters to
>> understand the division of functionality:
>> - DOM methods here: jQuery().foo()
>> - Everything else here: jQuery.bar()
>        --
> Dr. Axel Rauschmayer
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