jQuery team responds to library's ubiquity

Technology usage has a tendency to ebb and flow. Popular technology considered ubiquitous at one point in time may fall from lofty heights, to be replaced by younger, fitter rivals. Time will tell how jQuery fares in the years ahead, but it's currently enjoying massive success, having emerged as the clear winner in the battle for favour among JavaScript libraries.

According to W3Techs’ Matthias Gelbmann, jQuery runs on “every second website”, was the fastest-growing web technology in 2011, and shows “no sign of a saturation yet”. Even sites using other libraries (about half of those running MooTools or Prototype) tend to also add jQuery into the mix, and Gelbmann said only three countries – Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Yemen – don’t show jQuery as the most popular library. jQuery also proved hugely popular in Mozilla’s recent mobile dev survey, gaining a 74 per cent share, with 51 per cent also opting for jQuery Mobile in their work.

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