A lot of people are very excited about jQuery. I hear a lot of, “jQuery has concise code, jQuery has less iteration, jQuery has a rock star on their website. A rock star!” I’ve always been kind of skeptical, though, since a few of the things people love about jQuery are actually in Prototype now, such as the ability to directly manipulate and chain some uses of
$(), as well as the
$$() function for returning items based on arbitrary CSS selectors.
With all these people talking about how sweet JQuery is, though, I wondered if it was on track to replace Prototype as the #1 JS framework. Well, according to Google Trends, interest in JQuery is blowing away interest in Prototype. What’s more notable is that these numbers include other uses of the word “prototype”! Very impressive. Next time I have a choice of JS frameworks, I’ll give it a run for its money.