This week, I’m diving into some updates from two web development technologies that have recently seen updated releases: jQuery UI & Lit.
That’s why I’m thrilled to see jQuery UI receive some much needed love in the form of this 1.13.0-rc.2 release, which contains no breaking changes, but sort of polishes off some of its deprecated features to support wider use in modern user interfaces.
The jQuery UI team has noted that it has struggled over the years to find reliable contributors, which may explain why it has taken five years to see any updated releases. However, the team notes that they presently don’t intend to significantly expand the framework, and that it will now enter a maintenance phase to simply ensure that it is compatible with future jQuery releases, and secure.
Lit has gone through a number of changes with this most recent release which officially launched last week.
They have a new logo, a new name (having previously been called "Lit Element”), a new npm, and a ton of new features.
If you aren’t familiar with Lit, it is a library that simplifies and supercharges the process of building and implementing web components from Google.
But this isn’t the only significant improvement to the technology as the Lit team has also introduced new features like a class-based API for directive authors, templating enhancements, and reactive controllers.
But what most caught my attention was the significant improvements to the Lit site and documentation. Aside from undergoing some major UI transformations, the new Lit website also features detailed documentation that includes a sandbox where users can test out Lit 2.0’s newest features in the browser!
What are you excited about lately? Make sure to share with me on twitter @ladyleet.
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