As you know jQuery is a lightweight open source JavaScript library (only 15kb in size) that in a relatively short span of time has become one of the most popular libraries on the web. A big part of the appeal of jQuery is that it allows you to elegantly (and efficiently) find and manipulate HTML elements with minimum lines of code. jQuery also includes a built-in set of animation APIs that can be used as commands.  The combination allows you to do some really cool things with only a few keystrokes.

Microsoft has announced its plans to support the jQuery open-source JavaScript library - a fantastic library, which can really benefit ASP.NET and ASP.NET AJAX developers. Not only will Microsoft support the jQuery library, but they giant also plans to ship it as part of its Visual Studio tool set. Microsoft announced the news on Sept. 28. See: http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2008/09/28/jquery-and-microsoft.aspx

The journey started when ScottGu decided to start supporting jQuery back in September 2008. The journey started for contributing features to jQuery when Scott sent Stephen Walther, Program Manager of ASP.Net for AJAX to meet with John Resig – the creator of jQuery and leader of the jQuery project – to find out whether Microsoft and jQuery could work together. Microsoft ASP.Net team shipped jQuery with every release of MVC and we already include jQuery in the Visual Studio 2010 templates for Web Forms and MVC. Now, Microsoft and the jQuery project have announced that three plugins developed by developers on the ASP.NET team – the jQuery Templates, jQuery Data Link, and jQuery Globalization plugins – have been accepted as official jQuery plugins. In addition, the jQuery Templates plugin will be integrated into jQuery 1.5 which is the next major release of jQuery.

Relevant info:
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- Scott Guthrie’s blog: http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2010/10/04/jquery-templates-data-link-and-globalization-accepted-as-official-jquery-plugins.aspx
- jQuery team’s announcement: http://blog.jquery.com/2010/10/04/new-official-jquery-plugins-provide-templating-data-linking-and-globalization/
- Stephen’s blog: http://stephenwalther.com/blog/default.aspx.
- Video @ Channel 9 : Web Camps TV #5 - Microsoft Commits Code to jQuery!
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Support for jQuery from Microsoft Product Support Services (PPS): http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2008/09/28/jquery-and-microsoft.aspx 

Developer info:
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- Sample article from: http://www.borismoore.com/2010/09/introducing-jquery-templates-1-first.html 
- MSDN Magazine article (Web Site Improvements Using jQuery and jQuery UI): http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/dd898316.aspx
- MSDN Magazine article (Explore Rich Client Scripting With jQuery) - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/dd453033.aspx

As i pointed our earlier jQuery is a fantastic library; using that you can do really cool things with only less programming efforts.

Try this out. Happy Programming!!