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So you’ve been seeing jQuery as you research coding bootcamp curricula – but what is jQuery? It’s a JavaScript library that has been widely used for more than 10 years, but there is some debate around whether or not it’s worth using in 2018, since modern web browsers can now perform some of the same functions. DigitalCrafts Developer In Residence Beth D’Amato explains the pros and cons of jQuery, what sort of jobs might need jQuery skills, and why it’s worth learning even though there are new alternatives.

What is jQuery?

jQuery is a free, open-source JavaScript (JS) library that lives up to its motto, “Write Less, Do More.”

jQuery was developed by John Resig and presented in 2006 at BarCamp NYC gathering. John was looking for a way to take common, repetitive task blocks in JS and boil down all the unnecessary markup to leave short, smart and understandable ‘recipes’ called methods. Instead of having to rewrite each task block over and over, developers need only call their method – jQuery takes over from there!

What are the advantages of learning jQuery?

The jQuery library simplifies a variety of programming operations, including:

As search engines are great at reading content, everything within jQuery is seen as text. Therefore, dynamic content is readable by most search engines!

What are the disadvantages of using jQuery?

Which companies use jQuery to build their products?

According to Stackshare, the following companies use or have used jQuery in their products:

What kind of jobs require jQuery skills?

Front-end web programmers who are excited about working with new and legacy systems will have no problem finding positions utilizing their jQuery knowledge. It’s a good bet that pre-2015 infrastructures function over a jQuery-based framework.  For the sake of speed and efficiency, companies today are rebasing their applications, incorporating more advanced technologies. Time and money play a huge role in that process; the biggest issue there being the development teams are typically given little of both for the project. Skilled jQuery programmers are in demand to craft interim solutions to bridge the old structure to the new.

Is jQuery a useful JavaScript library for beginners to learn?

jQuery has the distinction of being the very first library learned for a multitude of developers. This is because:

However, once a key subject in DigitalCrafts’ full-stack curriculum, we now actually teach vanilla JavaScript DOM manipulation code instead of teaching jQuery. For the simple reason that jQuery DOM APIs are now obsolete.

That said, many companies will have apps that use jQuery in their code that needs to be maintained. For that reason alone, we absolutely recommend supplementing your JavaScript knowledge with jQuery to help you on the job.

How can I get started learning jQuery?

Before you begin, it’s best to ensure you:

The jQuery Learning Center, a repository of implementation, utilization, and best-practice tutorials maintained by the jQuery Foundation, provides a wealth of information to help developers quickly get up-to-speed with the library. Code and documentation contributions are welcome! Don’t forget to take a look at their PlugIn Registry where you can find the perfect bit of code to enhance your application.

jQuery can be integrated either by downloading the full library directly or importing it via CDN.

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About The Author

Beth D’Amato is a developer-in-residence/teaching assistant at DigitalCrafts, a coding bootcamp in Atlanta and Houston. She is a graduate of their 16-week full-stack immersive program for web development, and has a background in customer service and administration.

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