During Guthrie’s portion of the MIX10 keynote on 16 March, John Resig, the creator of jQuery took to the stage to express his enthusiasm for Microsoft’s support for the jQuery project. Microsoft support for jQuery is not new; the company has used it and supported it for more than a year.
“We’re really excited to be working with Microsoft here on jQuery,” Resig said. “We’re very happy Microsoft has taken the opportunity to enhance it and build an excellent library.” Resig said the jQuery team started working with Microsoft on an experimental templating project, “and we’ve been using the traditional jQuery development process on GitHub.”
Brian Goldfarb, director of developer platform marketing at Microsoft, said the jQuery news was a big highlight for his team, as Microsoft has been investing in open source technology in an ongoing way and doing it “in a way that’s compatible with the community.” He said his team has contributed “people resources” to the jQuery effort in the form of Microsoft staff who have worked on the jQuery initiative on a full-time basis.
Indeed, Goldfarb will take part in a panel at the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco on March 18 where he said he plans to make the case that Microsoft is in the unique position to be able to invest in and support open source software in ways that few other companies can.
Moreover, in its relationship with jQuery, Microsoft also offers full support for the jQuery technology when it comes to Microsoft customers, Goldfarb said. Also, Goldfarb said Microsoft’s work with jQuery is very much in line with the company’s strategy of meeting open source where it is. For instance, with its work with the CodePlex Foundation, Microsoft is working to support open source efforts that touch Microsoft platform technology.
However, that technology resides with the CodePlex Foundation or even in Microsoft’s internal CodePlex open source project hosting site. Yet, in the jQuery case, Microsoft is working through jQuery’s existing GitHub arrangement.
Another responder identified as NerdInACan, said: “I REALLY don’t want to see Microsoft sneaking any of their poorly-architected mess into an otherwise fantastic library. I have yet to see any Microsoft code library show up without a bunch of proprietary strings attached. Sure it all works ok if you use their browser, their integrated security, yada yada. As soon as you want to do anything like grown-up, however, things get a lot more convoluted, and that’s when Microsoft code fails. Every time.”