Question 1 : What is jQuery?

jQuery is nothing but a JavaScript library. What makes it special is the things you can do easily using jQuery that earlier seems to be hard and time taking process for any UI developer using JavaScript. Current jQuery version is 1.8.3 and it’s size is only 32KB and it comes as a single downloadable javascript file.

“Write less, Do More” – jQuery punch line says it all. It’s a fast and concise library that you can use for HTML document traversing, event handling, animating and and Ajax interactions. It makes web development fast and easy.

Question 2 : Why use jQuery?

Obviously whatever you can do from jQuery is certainly doable in JavaScript also but jQuery provides easy to use functions to create rich web applications easily. These functions are easy to learn and make you master in web development. Being a JavaScript, it can be used with almost all web application programming languages like JSP, Servlets, PHP etc.

All these features makes it very popular and that’s why it’s a hot technology to learn among web application developers. It has become the industry standard to use jQuery to create rich web applications and almost all the major web application companies like Google, Yahoo, Digg, WordPress, Drupal use it somewhere in their applications.

Question 3 : Features of jQuery

We will explore all the features of jQuery in future posts that will help you in mastering jQuery.

  • DOM element selectors
  • DOM traversal and modification
  • Event handling, for example Browser events, Mouse events, Form events
  • CSS manipulation
  • Effects and animations
  • Ajax integration
  • Extensibility
  • Utilities
  • JavaScript Plugins

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