1. Essential jQuery

You can argue that JavaScript was never really meant for prime time. Today’s emphasis on rich Internet applications has thrust JavaScript into the forefront as more and more online applications—from Ajax to Zoho—rely on your browser to give you all the functionality of high-priced software.

JavaScript wasn’t really ready for the Web 2.0 revolution. In fact, JavaScript support varies strongly by browser, making it a difficult platform to work with, and as a result, many JavaScript libraries have sprung up to smooth the way.

That’s where jQuery comes in. It’s one of the most popular JavaScript libraries around, and for good reason, as you’ll find out in this book. Originally created by John Resig during his college days at ...

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