The Connection Between JQuery and the Metro Theme

by Jasmine C
The article I read this week discussed the Metro internal code created by Microsoft.  According to the author, the Microsoft Open Technologies has been able to make Metro available  to the JQuery mobile open source mobile interface, thus allowing mobile apps and websites the availability to have to look and feel of the Metro theme on the Windows Phone 7.5  O.S. that was otherwise limited to only native applications.  The article states that “JQuery is a touch-optimized framework leveraging HTML5 and the JQuery JavaScript library” (Krill).  The author says that the CSS and JavaScript Metro theme adapts to the theme already used in the Windows Phone and then applies styling to JQuery Mobile controls and in effect, mobile HTML5 websites are able to integrate the Metro-style theme.

I found this article to be interesting and also relate-able somewhat to our class lectures.  JQuery has a lot of features and it is not surprising that Microsoft linked their Metro theme to JQuery.  With the way that technology is evolving, I like to see how companies are integrating their existing projects with the new technology and not just quitting on them.  Since JQuery is designed to simplify client-side scripting, using JQuery and the Metro theme together has allowed for Microsoft to provide a mobile applications a sophisticated and neatly designed layout.  Hopefully this linkage between JQuery and Metro was  a good decision and user enjoy the experience of the Metro theme on the Windows Phone.

Krill, P (2012, April, 30). Microsoft links Metro theme to JQuery Mobile, Windows Phone. retrieved May 6, 2012, from InfoWorld: http://www.infoworld.com/d/application-development/microsoft-links-metro-theme-jquery-mobile-windows-phone-191994

4 thoughts on “The Connection Between JQuery and the Metro Theme

  • May 6, 2012 at 7:40 pm
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    Its always good to implement the old with the new technology. Microsoft is using the Metro theme on their new Windows 8 OS, as well as their new Nokia phones. Using these platforms make the user have a sense of familiarity. This also makes it easier for users to transition between platforms. Having software to be open source is a big push to have developers such as ourselves try to develop new apps. I see this strategy being a success for both the company and users.

  • May 6, 2012 at 8:33 pm
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    Plus this has the added bonus of more layout consistency. As stated above, it will give a sense of familiarity, which has been the secret to success for so many tech products today.

  • May 6, 2012 at 10:41 pm
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    great article! I totally agree with you, JQuery has a lot of features.

  • May 6, 2012 at 11:36 pm
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    I am an owner of a Nokia phone running Window 7.5 and I find it really fascinating that its OS running on a jQuery interface. The fact that jQuery works so easy on mobile a device from my observation is a testament to it’s versatility.

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