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3. Understanding the Web API and “Vanilla” JavaScript

Ray Nicholus

(1)Johnson Creek, Wisconsin, USA

Before we further explore the mysteries of the browser, JavaScript, and jQuery, there are a number of important concepts and terms to cover. If your plan is to better understand all the different native tools available to you in the browser, it is imperative that you are aware of the history of these tools and how they are interrelated.

Browsers can be lumped into a few different categories. You’ll hear about many terms used to describe these categories, such as modern and evergreen browsers, both in this book and elsewhere—something that will be discussed in more detail ...

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