Which begs the question: is jQuery dead?
Before inquiring into that question, let’s look at the factors behind jQuery’s rise and why its usage has slowed.
History of jQuery: Bringing Unity to Chaos
Beginning of the End? jQuery’s Flattening Trend
What impact did these libraries have on the usage of jQuery? By viewing various charts at BuiltWith.com based on the top 10,000 websites, an interesting correlation appears to exist. jQuery’s usage spikes between 2011 and 2015 but starts to flatten in 2016.
These facts mirror some opinions about jQuery versus React and Vue. Here are are few comments from RealToughCandy.com:
I remember using jQuery years ago and had to transition the company’s website to React framework.
[…] Haven’t touched [jQuery] since I learned React which been like a year. I really don’t see a reason for it. […]
Not Dead Yet, But…
jQuery is a useful library. Many web developers still create website widgets and other tools that utilize jQuery. AJAX implementation is still mostly done in jQuery, although most browsers are starting to make the fetch API native in their builds and making the need for AJAX irrelevant. No additional server technology is needed to support jQuery. Plus, the group that supports the library is still pushing updates. The end of life hasn’t been declared for jQuery but given the many factors previously discussed, its gravestone may arrive within the next 2-3 years. Technology only marches forward, never backward.