Chapter 9. Using Libraries to Increase Productivity

The current state of JavaScript development, as I've alluded to before, is very different from its state four or five years ago. One major change is that we don't need to write all our code ourselves anymore—several means exist to make coding quicker and easier than ever before. In Part 3, we'll be covering libraries, effects, and third-party application programming interfaces (APIs), but the focus of this chapter is libraries.

Libraries are great sources of ready-made code that you can quickly plug into your existing development framework. They provide quick solutions for most of your mundane day-to-day DOM scripting tasks as well as providing a number of unique tools. They are wonderful, but ...

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