Chapter 5



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It’s best to have your tools with you. If you don’t, you’re apt to find something you didn’t expect and get discouraged.


JQuery is the most popular JavaScript framework around and is used by nearly every JavaScript programmer in order to speed up and simplify JavaScript development. In this chapter, you discover the basics of jQuery and see why it’s so popular.

Writing More and Doing Less

jQuery is currently used by more than 61 percent of the top 100,000 websites. It’s so widely used that many people see it as an essential tool for doing JavaScript coding.

jQuery smoothes out some of the rough spots in JavaScript, such as problems with browser compatibilities, and makes selecting and changing parts of an HTML document easier. jQuery also includes some tools that you can use to add animation and interactivity to your web pages.

The basics of jQuery are easy to grasp once you know JavaScript.

Getting Started with jQuery

To get started with jQuery, you first need to include the jQuery library in your web pages. The easiest way to do this is ...

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