JQuery 1.6 release & backward compatibility !

Today, and as you see from the blog post title ūüėÄ , JQuery 1.6 has been released !

But this time not like 1.5 release, there is no much new features as 1.5 had (deferred obj., jqXHR.. etc)..

so what we have here with 1.6 ??

case-mapping of data- attributes:

Its just a change in the way data- attributes object properties creation, in earler versions¬†data-max-value¬†will create an object with a property like¬†max-value but now with 1.6 , the object would be¬†maxValue..¬†¬†So what about¬†backward¬†compatibility¬†?!” , people must start fixing there already written code. !

new methods: .prop(), .removeProp():

Jquery added 2 new methods to its default JQuery object, those methods will work with DOM attributes, I know whats on your mind now –.attr() huh!- yeah, the .attr() used to be the only method that works with elements attributes/properties (beside .val() & other task-specific¬†methods) , It might be confusing so lets define both first:

attribute: ¬†is the initial value shipped with the DOM element ex. <input type=text value=”initialValue”>
property:  it is the dynamic value, ie. any value added by user or changed programmatically.

now JQuery put an end to this, and gave us brand new methods for properties to keep the attr() method for its real work.. so from on when you call .attr(“”) you will get the initial value only !!
that means having the same code will run differently when updating to the new version. backward compatibility ?!

Here is a simple example I have made for more explanation:

=#1= open this fiddle [uses Jquery 1.5.2]
write something in the textbox, and click the “click here to test” button

you will notice that the result is same as you wrote.

in the other side:

=#2= open this fiddle [uses Jquery 1.6]
write something in the¬†textbox, and click the “click here to test .attr()”¬†button

you will notice that the result is the initial value of the textbox.

BUT .. If you clicked the other button which uses the new .prop() method will get you the current value of the textbox.

Finally.. this new version of jquery doesn’t have any other major new features,all other changes are¬†bugfixes,¬†Performance Improvements and some new methods.

you can check all new methods and changes to the API at this link.


update: my twitter timeline got something related:

check this tweet of @jeresig (founder of jquery).

After a discussion on Hacker News regarding the attr boolean changes in jQuery 1.6, we just landed a fix: http://j.mp/j0uMEb

Its good to know also that @jeresig is moving from mozilla to the famous online academy – Khan academy -.

ThankQQ for your time ūüôā

About alaasdk

ASP.NET Developer, javascript geek and JQuery lover. IT Head at @acesegypt. Studying #Business and #Accounting in #Commerce school! #Cycling is my #1 transportation way. Living in a room in which you can't see walls from #Whiteboards.

Posted on May 4, 2011, in Jquery and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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