JQuery


What is jQuery?

jQuery is a fast and concise JavaScript Library created by John Resig in 2006 with a nice motto − Write less, do more.
jQuery simplifies HTML document traversing, event handling, animating, and Ajax interactions for rapid web development.
jQuery is a JavaScript toolkit designed to simplify various tasks by writing less code. Here is the list of important core features supported by jQuery

  • DOM manipulation − The jQuery made it easy to select DOM elements, traverse them and modifying their content by using cross-browser open source selector engine called Sizzle.
  • Event handling − The jQuery offers an elegant way to capture a wide variety of events, such as a user clicking on a link, without the need to clutter the HTML code itself with event handlers.
  • AJAX Support − The jQuery helps you a lot to develop a responsive and feature-rich site using AJAX technology.
  • Animations − The jQuery comes with plenty of built-in animation effects which you can use in your websites.
  • Lightweight − The jQuery is very lightweight library - about 19KB in size ( Minified and gzipped ).
  • Cross Browser Support − The jQuery has cross-browser support, and works well in IE 6.0+, FF 2.0+, Safari 3.0+, Chrome and Opera 9.0+
  • Latest Technology − The jQuery supports CSS3 selectors and basic XPath syntax.

How to use jQuery?

There are two ways to use jQuery.
  • Local Installation − You can download jQuery library on your local machine and include it in your HTML code.
  • CDN Based Version − You can include jQuery library into your HTML code directly from Content Delivery Network (CDN).