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Perhaps this win should not be so surprising. Both FF and WP are well-known open-source projects with huge followings, and in a way they're both old news. Neither has been immune to harsh criticism in the past year, FireFox for it's recent bloatware-like performance, and WordPress for their ubiquitous security problems. But JQuery? It's really hard to say any thing bad about JQuery.
btw, Wordpress won last year.
Kudos to Rey Bango (JQuery Blogger) for acknowledging some of the other very fine JS frameworks in their space:
Couldn't have said it better myself.
High fives to everyone on the JQuery team, and to everyone who has contributed to it!
Woah. That's a heavy metaphor you can chew on for a while, eh.
Now that I've been using these frameworks for a few years, I can't imagine developing a JS-empowered app without them. I found myself in a situation that needed "element.getElementById()" a few days ago, and felt eerie, like typing <font> or <img src="spacer.gif">.
I have been singing it's praises for a wee while now in CSS, even though I'm not a JS person I'm with Andy. it's just the right blend and I too remember the unusable JS websites :o.
John Resig and the team deserve lots of recognition for this, it makes it easy to fit the JS requirements into your web learning curve :)
It all boils down to getting standards for everybody to use. Unfortunately there just isn't a strict enough governing body for the web to enforce this and too many developers just ignore the accessibility issues entirely. You just have to hope that enough people visit sites like this and read these discussions and take them on board.
Developers and clients alike tend to forget the fundamental premise of the Internet, to distribute information to everyone, regardless of environment or disabilities. I say developers and clients alike because clients - he/she who has the dollar - train us as developers to focus on presentation alone, this is why we're paying you. impress "me" - because I know what my visitors will want, which is not often the case.
I apologize for turning this away from a celebration of jQuery's award, it really is a magnificent tool to add to your arsenal. Just develop your applications so they work first without it . . . then enhance the app with jQuery. :-)