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07 March 2012, 16:58

jQuery Foundation launched

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jQuery Project logo The creation of the jQuery Foundation Inc has been announced by the jQuery Board. The new independent organisation will manage jQuery and its projects. The Foundation's President will be Dave Methvin, who also recently took over as head of jQuery Core's development team, and who said that "jQuery is the most popular JavaScript library, and creating an autonomous organisation is the next step in ensuring its future development and benefiting everyone who uses jQuery". Methvin also stated that the Foundation will be announcing several initiatives and the next jQuery conference shortly.

jQuery has become a widely used and very popular JavaScript library since its creation and introduction by John Resig in 2005. The new foundation has been created with the assistance of the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC), who previously worked with the jQuery Board to administer the project. The SFC is a charity and non-profit home for free software projects who want assistance in administering their projects. Bradley Kuhn, SFC Executive Director, said "We are proud that the jQuery Board has built jQuery into a vibrant and successful Open Source community under Conservancy’s mentor-ship" and noted that the SFC's mission included helping projects determine if they want to form their own organisation. "We’re pleased jQuery is the first Conservancy project to take that step" he added.

The new jQuery Foundation is a non-profit trade association which is dedicated to supporting the various jQuery projects (Core, UI and Mobile), providing documentation and support, and helping build the jQuery community. Linux Fund has provided an honorary first donation in the form of a contribution to the Foundation's inaugural operating expense budget.


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