Mobile-optimised jQuery rewrite jqMobi hits version 1.0
The developers at appMobi, who have been working on a complete ground up rewrite of jQuery optimised for mobile platforms, have released version 1.0 of their jqMobi framework. The library, clocking in at 5KB minified and gzipped, offers a query/selector framework offering 60 API functions modelled on the jQuery APIs and selection. This includes the Ajax calls, OS detector calls for webkit, android, ipad and others and support for extending the framework with plugins.
Originally open sourced as jQ.Mobi in January, the framework is solely designed for systems with a WebKit browser, such as Android, iOS and the more recent versions of RIM's BlackBerry OS. The library is released under an MIT/X11 licence and is published on GitHub where the developers encourage others to fork the project to help enhance it.
CDN (Content Delivery Network) links and documentation (only viewable on WebKit-based browsers) are available from the main jqMobi site. The appMobi developers are now focusing on jqUi, a 21KB minified user interface toolkit which offers buttons, widgets, fixed headers and footers and controllable scrolling; the toolkit also only targets mobile versions of WebKit, but it specifically supports Android 2.2 and later.