jQuery 1.5 was released today. jQuery was one of the most important breakthroughs for me as a designer. I was an expert in HTML and CSS, but I was not able to program. My career aspirations were pointing towards design and jQuery was the perfect lever to get more out of the web.
I spent most of 2006 working on Intuit’s web sites as a designer and web developer. I also spent that year contributing to the jQuery mailing list. It was a magical time, the beginning. I knew, without a doubt, that jQuery was something special. I didn’t make any money off of it, but I am extremely proud of my small role in helping it out in the beginning. These are the products I live for.
Lately, my web development skills have been getting pretty rusty. I spend most of my time in PowerPoint. I miss the days of figuring out a jQuery script and answering posts on the mailing list. I miss the kind of problem solving that you only get with web development. I wish I used jQuery more. Even though I am somewhat removed these days, I still am proud to see that little script evolving and growing and making a dent in the universe. I hope I get to work on more products like that in the future.