This post covers two presentations that John Resig made at the 2009 jQuery Conference that was held in September. These presentations provide a great insight into the current state of jQuery and what we can expect in the upcoming 1.3.3/1.4 release.
Below I have embedded the two slideshows from the talks John gave. I'm still not certain if there is going to be a 1.3.3 and a 1.4 release. Ealier this year it looked like we were going to get a 1.3.3 release, but it has been mentioned that 1.3.3 is likely to be called 1.4 and there will be no 1.3.3 release. Quote: "We're much closer to shipping 1.3.3 now (which is likely to become 1.4, with all the new features that're being added)".
There are rumours that 1.4 will ship in January, but we'll have to wait and see. I recommend you look at my other post which goes in detail over some of the features that we are likely to see in 1.4. Of note is the dramatic increase in speed with the new Sizzle selector engine and an expected three time faster increase in speed. Also moving towards support for jQuery in mobile applications.
The first talk covers recent changes to jQuery and the upcoming release.
The second talk covers the state of jQuery and more of what is happening around the software (Google groups alternative, growth, moving to Git) etc. It is well worth the read to find out about the effort behind jQuery and the direction of the jQuery project.
For those of you who can't wait, you can get a copy of jQuery 1.4pre from the jQuery nightly build. As this hasn't been officially released/documented yet, I'm not sure what is already implenting, working or stable so you will need to have a look around for yourself.