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jQuery 1.5: Better, Faster… Bigger

Back when jQuery was heading towards its 1.0 release, one of the things that really impressed me was its small size. Only about 15KB of uncompressed code was enough to turn JavaScript (and particularly DOM manipulation) from a chore into a pleasure. But with each new release, new features and speed optimisations have inevitably bloated the library. Every time a new release came out, it seemed to me that the svelte jQuery I knew and loved was receding further into the past. Now that jQuery 1.5 is out, I thought I would see how jQuery has grown in size as well as stature with each release.

Graph of jQuery download size over time
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