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I can think of a lot of reasons this approach won't work well for most of the sites I work on (other than a few blogs).

1) Combining jQuery with other JavaScript at build time (to reduce HTTP requests). At built-time, we don't know which browser they're using. We'll end up with two assets (the combined version w/ jQuery 1.9 and the combined version w/ jQuery 2.0).

2) Testing costs. For larger sites it's not a trivial thing to test and support two different versions of jQuery. For any site that still needs to support IE8 (and 7 and 6), it will not be feasible to test and support two different versions of jQuery. As such, we'll never get the benefits of using jQuery 2.0 and would not be able to do so for many years.

3) Plugins will be written that only work for one of the two versions (1.9 or 2.0). This will divide the plugin ecosystem. Ideally, plugins should work for both, but many people will only test and support their plugins on one of the versions.




It will be very difficult to develop a plugin for 2.0 that won't work on 1.9 - they will be 100% API compatible, and pass the same set of unit tests.




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