htmx 1.0.0 has been released!

htmx 1.0.0 Release

I’m happy to announce the 1.0.0 release of htmx.

htmx is now mature enough that I can recommend it as a general replacement for intercooler.js projects. I don’t think there is a strong reason to port an existing intercooler project to htmx. I have several large intercooler apps and will not be moving them over any time soon. I can, however, recommend using htmx over intercooler for new projects.

htmx is a different sort of javascript library. It is an HTML & hypertext-oriented reply to the current dominance of javascript-based SPA libraries. It is a response to Tom MacWright’s question: “If not SPAs, What?”.

As the homepage says:

HTML-oriented web development was abandoned not because hypertext was a bad idea, but rather because HTML didn’t have sufficient expressive power. htmx aims to fix that & allows you to implement many common modern web UI patterns using the original hypertext model of the web.

History & Thanks

htmx began life as intercooler.js back in 2013.

In april of this year I began work on a jQuery-independent & improved version of intercoolerjs, renamed to htmx. I chose to rename the library because, in working on intercooler, I had come to appreciate that intercooler & htmx were completing HTML as a hypertext rather than just some funky, idiosyncratic javascript libraries.

In May htmx reached 0.0.1. Soon thereafter I had the good fortune of being contacted by Ben Croker who was interested in htmx as a base for his new reactive library, Sprig. Ben was willing to be an early adopter of htmx and pushed the library along much faster than it would have gone otherwise.

I have been very lucky to the have help and feedback from many contributors in GitHub and on Discord. I’d like to thank, in particular, Ben Pate, Robert Schroll & Alejandro Schmeichler for contributing code as well as new ideas and discussions.

I would like to thank for having me on to talk about htmx and for cleaning up all my “uhhs” and “umms”.

Finally, I would like to thank Justin Sampson, who took a lot of time to explain REST & HATEOAS to me and how intercooler (and now htmx) fit into that model for web development.