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Getting our jQuery on

Jack Simpson

Head of Marketing and Communications

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This year’s jQuery UK conference was held in The King’s Centre, Oxford on Friday 19th April and we sent some of our team down to check it out.

As sponsors we had an exhibition spot, complete with a stand and a screen displaying information about our company. Shaun and Cheryl manned the stand, meeting lots of new people and talking to them about what we do. The aim was to get our brand out there and let everyone know that we’re always recruiting Software Engineers. By the end of the day, their mission was accomplished, and they had a great time too.

James, Ian and Rob also went down to the conference and attended many of the talks, coming back with great things to say about the event. The general advice they took away was that jQuery has a lot of uses but shouldn’t be relied on for everything. Plain old JavaScript is still king in many cases.

Brendan Eich, the creator of JavaScript and CTO of Mozilla, was a highlight of the conference with his talk ‘JavaScript the Future’. Demonstrating games which our team told us rivalled The Elder Scrolls and World of Warcraft, Brendan was keen to show how ECMAScript 6 increases speed to reach as close as possible to native code.

The implications of the impending release of jQuery 2.0 was covered by Richard Worth, Executive Director of the jQuery foundation. Dropping support for Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8, the framework is becoming more modular so you are able to pick the features you want to optimise your jQuery file.

Founder and Curator of Full Frontal, Remy Sharp noted the importance of recognising when it would be best to use JavaScript rather than jQuery. His sentiment was echoed by Adam Sontag, Director of Developer Relations and Marketing at the jQuery Foundation, who described jQuery as a ‘swiss army knife’: you can’t build a house with it but it’s certainly a handy tool to have.

Similar to last year, it was a fantastic event which was enjoyed by all our team. It was well worth attending and we look forward to next year!