Are there any good reasons to pull Google's jQuery from their servers as opposed to using the one included with Wordpress?

I'm confused as to why I might want to use Google's library. Doesn't Wordpress, with its frequent updates, keep the latest version?

Or am I missing something?


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The big advantages are the Google CDN and the client side caching of the library. Your visitor will probably have a version of the jquery library in the browsers cache already, so he doesn't have to re-download the script from the local version used by WordPress.

One big disadvantage by including the library from the cloud: You have to trust Google.

  • Doesn't Google still use "do no evil" as it's company mantra? ;-)
    – Ray Gulick
    Sep 27, 2011 at 19:35

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