Few days ago jQuery celebrated 3 years with a announcment of 1.3 version which brings us number of major changes and some new features to play with.
Sizzle: brand new CSS selector engine
Live events: events that can be bound to all current AND FUTURE elements (now that’s a great idea!)
Event object: some serious refactoring of the jQuery event system
HTML injection rewrite: lightning-fast HTML appending
Offset rewrite: super-quick position calculation
No more browser sniffing: technique called feature detection
New Zend Framework 1.7 also introduces ZendX_JQuery component which integrates jQuery as an alternative to the already existing Dojo library. I didn’t tried it yet, but be sure i will. Maybe now Magento team would consider to use jQuery as their main library. I know it’s lot of work, but for some future versions, who knows.
I wish jQuery all the best and to last for many more years to come.