A release dubbed 2.0 deserves note.Â Few software packages, especially open source ones, mature to a 2.0 version, even in our highly inflated version numbering world.Â jQuery, given its supreme role in shaping the modern web deserves a much bigger number, I would have called it version 22, or 222.
Getting a modern web app to work with IE8 is like getting your SUV to plow your back 40.
Its affect wonâ€™t be felt immediately.Â A lot of us are still trying to adapt to jQuery 1.9 which introduced incompatibilities with other popular libraries.Â Â Nevertheless, key aspects of 2.0 tell us a lot about where the web is going:
No suppport for IE6, IE7, IE8.Â This is big because in fact there are still a lot of earlier IE8 users out there.Â Â When Tempworks released its flagship WebCenter product last year we found out the hard way.Â Â All it took was for one customer of our customer to still have old XP computers running IE8 to start reporting bugs.Â Getting a modern web app to work with IE8 is like getting your SUV to plow your back 40.
So adios old IE versions, youâ€™re not the main villain in the modern web any more.Â Â Android/WebKit 2.x is taking your place.