With little notice from the public at large, jQuery released a new version of its popular javascript library.

A release dubbed 2.0 deserves note.  Few software packages, especially open source ones, mature to a 2.0 version, even in our highly inflated version numbering world.  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 won’t be felt immediately.  A lot of us are still trying to adapt to jQuery 1.9 which introduced incompatibilities with other popular libraries.   Nevertheless, key aspects of 2.0 tell us a lot about where the web is going:

No suppport for IE6, IE7, IE8.  This is big because in fact there are still a lot of earlier IE8 users out there.   When Tempworks released its flagship WebCenter product last year we found out the hard way.   All it took was for one customer of our customer to still have old XP computers running IE8 to start reporting bugs.  Getting a modern web app to work with IE8 is like getting your SUV to plow your back 40.

So adios old IE versions, you’re not the main villain in the modern web any more.   Android/WebKit 2.x is taking your place.

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