New Project Lead

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Today, we’re excited to announce that Alexander Schmitz is stepping up as the new jQuery Mobile Project lead. Alex, a regular speaker at the jQuery Conferences, joined the team in 2012 to become the Development lead a few months later. Alex’s involvement in jQuery UI, together with his experience as Development Lead for jQuery Mobile, make him the perfect candidate for the role, especially as we move into a new phase in the project, where we are merging Mobile and UI widgets and developing a common CSS Framework.

Former Project Lead Jasper de Groot will stay on the team together with the other team members Anne-Gaelle Colom, Gabriel Schulhof, and Ghislain Seguin. Having a great team is essential for an open source project, but the same goes for having an active community. We would like to thank all people who contributed to the project over the last four years. If you are also interested in contributing to the jQuery Mobile project, checkout the “About” page on the web site to see how you can get involved.

Project leadership

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Today we’re announcing a change to our project leadership. Since the start of the jQuery Mobile project in 2010, Todd Parker has been the project and design lead. After three years at the helm, he has decided to step aside as lead but will continue to participate as a team member with a focus on design and outreach.

We’re thrilled to announce that Jasper de Groot, a longtime team member, will be stepping in as the new jQuery Mobile project lead. Jasper is deeply knowledgeable and an all around great guy and we look forward to him leading the charge.

The most important part of any open source project is having a great team and we have that in spades with jQuery Mobile. We want to take a moment to recognize all the fantastic people on the mobile team, past and present, who have worked tirelessly over the last few years: Ghislain Seguin, John Bender, Gabriel Schulhof, Anne-Gaelle Colom, Alexander Schmitz, Scott Jehl, Mat Marquis, Kin Blas, Jason Scott, Tyler Benziger, Ralph Whitbeck, and over a hundred contributors from the community.

With this change in leadership, we’re also moving the Mobile and UI projects closer with more shared code, team members, meetings and a common destiny. We’ve been collaborating closely with Scott González, Jörn Zaefferer, and the rest of the UI team and look forward to a more unified approach going forward.

The team has been hard at work on the upcoming 1.4 release, which is nearing the alpha stage. It is focused on performance, API and code cleanup, and a new theme. Look for that release very soon.

New jQuery Mobile Logo

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The jQuery Mobile team is very excited to announce our new project logo. Up until today, we’ve been using a mobile green of the jQuery logo but we’re thrilled to now have our own unique identity.

The new logo expresses the central idea of our project: a unified UI library that adapts to all devices. The abstract, converging screens not only look cool, they represent the wide range of devices we support, from phones to tablets and desktops. The bright center point of greatest overlap is where we come in: the library that makes it possible to support this diversity with a single codebase that adapts to all sizes, input methods and capabilities.

We’d like to thank Ira F. Cummings, Ethan Marcotte, and the whole Filament Group crew for spearheading this effort.

We’ll be rolling this new logo out across the site and docs very soon.

Here are vector versions in PDF format.

jQuery Mobile: “Innovation of the Year” in the 2011 .net Awards

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We are honored to be recognized by the prestigious .net Awards awards as the “Innovation of the Year“.

This is an important achievement for the jQuery Mobile project and would like to thank the judges, community and .net Magazine for their support. We’d also like to congratulate our fellow nominees CSS3Pie and Google+, we’re honored to be in your company.

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jQuery Mobile Wins a 2011 Open Source Award

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We are thrilled to announce that jQuery Mobile has been awarded the top honor in the “Open Source Mobile Toolkits and Libraries” category of the Packt 2011 Open Source Awards.

We want to thank the community for all their support of the project and look forward to using our award to keep up our momentum in our goal of creating an easy-to-use and broadly accessible user interface library for all popular mobile platforms.

The Open Source Awards is a contest that aims to encourage, support, recognize and reward Open Source projects. Formerly the Open Source CMS Award, the contest has been running since 2006 and is regarded as one of the most established platforms for recognizing excellence amongst Open Source Software.