The site youmightnotneedjquery.com is making the rounds, with over 3k (soon 4k, I suspect) tweets and ~1.5k stars on GitHub. It’s a fun site codifying something I’ve heard a lot lately — the sort of nervous “ehhhhhhh” reaction to jQuery. These reactions have been around a while, judging from Zepto‘s release in 2010.
So jQuery is as uncool as WordPress now, huh.
— Helen Hou-Sandí (@helenhousandi) January 31, 2014
I feel like that, more than anything else, sums up the YMNNjQ situation. People are taking the website like it’s saying “jQuery is uncool now.” However, the case for jQuery, like WordPress, is that everyone is using it. WordPress isn’t “elite web development,” but it’s extremely popular, used by more than 20% of websites (including this blog). For me, developing with WordPress was a great way to build websites quickly before I started to get more involved in the development process. Another jQuery analogy?
I like the discussion the site’s started, and I definitely don’t see jQuery usage going down anytime soon.