Developers leveraging Microsoft’s development platform and tools have already been able to take advantage of the integration with jQuery JavaScript. If memory serves me correctly, at the end of 2008, Scott Guthrie, Corporate Vice President, .NET Developer Platform, announced that Microsoft would be shipping jQuery as an integral part of Visual Studio moving forward. Two years later, both Visual Studio 2010 and ASP.NET MVC 2 included jQuery JavaScript Library 1.4.1. Of course, now, the promise from the software giant is that it will work to do even more, essentially to actively support jQuery JavaScript Library development.

“Guthrie announced Microsoft is taking a more active role participating in the open-source, community-driven development of the jQuery JavaScript Library,” stated Peter Galli, the Open Source Community Manager for Microsoft’s Platform Strategy Group. “Microsoft will now work in concert with the jQuery JavaScript Library team to accelerate the creation of new features that make creating rich-web applications on any platform faster and easier.”
According to Galli, the work that Microsoft plans to do is designed to make sure that developers will be able to simplify the building of rich, JavaScript based client-side Internet applications. As a lightweight open source JavaScript library, jQuery has become a sweetheart with devs in a relative short amount of time.
“Gforward, the company also plans to assist in the development of both standards-based and ASP.NET based jQuery Plugins aimed to simplify interoperability between the two platforms, and Microsoft will now help make the jQuery JavaScript Library a primary development option on Windows,” Galli added.
Microsoft’s alignment with the evolution of jQuery fits perfectly into the patterns of the open source model. In this regard, devs will be able to not only provide their input, but also modify the materials added to the jQuery JavaScript Library by the Redmond-based company.
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SOURCE: Softopedia

By Marius Oiaga, Technology News Editor

March 18th, 2010, 12:00 GMT