Having just spent a whirlwind of a weekend in-and-around Boston for the jQuery Conference Boston 2010, I wanted to share as many thoughts as can as quickly as possible. I was struck by how much different the tone of this year's event was; and it was really refreshing to see.
Last year, and indeed in any jQuery-focused event, the tone has always been about people using jQuery to "do cool stuff (easily)." It's really great; this reason is exactly why so many people gravitate to jQuery in the first place. However, in his first-day keynote, John Resig hit us with an interesting statistic: jQuery is now used on nearly an third of all websites. That figure, aside from being absolutely staggering, suggests that the message has been heard loud and clear already: You can use jQuery to make your life better as a developer!
I've got more to say, and a ton more thoughts on the conference. For now, if what I saw this weekend at #jqcon was any indication of the way not only the jQuery community is going, but the JS community in general, the future looks pretty damn bright!