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!
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!
According to Stackshare, the following companies use or have used jQuery in their products:
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.
jQuery has the distinction of being the very first library learned for a multitude of developers. This is because:
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.
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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