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Learning jQuery Third Edition by Karl Swedberg, Jonathan Chaffer

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The $() function

No matter which type of selector we want to use in jQuery, we always start with the same function: $(). This function typically accepts a CSS selector as its sole parameter, and serves as a factory, returning a new jQuery object pointing to the corresponding elements on the page. Just about anything that can be used in a stylesheet can also be passed as a string to this function, allowing us to apply jQuery methods to the matched set of elements.

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Making jQuery play well with other JavaScript libraries

In jQuery, the dollar sign $ is simply an "alias" for jQuery. As a $() function is very common in JavaScript libraries, conflicts could arise if more than one of these libraries were being used in a given page. We can avoid such ...

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