Chapter 1. Introducing jQuery

This chapter covers

  • Why you should use jQuery
  • What Unobtrusive JavaScript means
  • The fundamental elements and concepts of jQuery
  • Using jQuery in conjunction with other JavaScript libraries

Sneered at as a “not-very-serious” language by many web developers for much of its lifetime, JavaScript has regained its prestige in the past few years as a result of the renewed interest in highly interactive, next-generation web applications (which you might also have heard referred to as rich internet applications or DOM-scripted applications) and Ajax technologies. The language has been forced to grow up quickly as client-side developers have tossed aside cut-and-paste JavaScript for the convenience of full-featured JavaScript ...

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