What is jQuery used for? Could you give us an example of functionality that a developer may use jQuery to add?
The most basic example is adding functionality to a button on the webpage - when you click that button, you want it to do something!
For example, if you’re building an application to store all of your clients and you want to click on a client’s profile, jQuery will allow you to click “Save Contact.” You expect that Save button to do something – send that data to the database.
jQuery provides you tools and methods to simplify that process – it could fill out the entire form for the Contact with all necessary data or it could update that Contact’s record. It makes Event Handling very simple.
Tell us three things you’ll learn about jQuery or three times you’ll use jQuery at a bootcamp like Sabio?
Those are some basic fundamentals that you would learn at a bootcamp like Sabio. And those things transfer over to other, more complex front-end libraries like React and Angular.
Why is this the first search result when you Google, “jQuery”? What is replacing jQuery?
Very good question – jQuery is not dead. Perhaps it’s being phased out by other front-end libraries like React or Angular. There are even hundreds of small libraries that can do what jQuery does.
However, many small-to-medium sized businesses still use jQuery because it allows you to get an application up and running very quickly, with a minimal amount of code. For instance, if you want to operate a simple Shopify website, Shopify runs on jQuery API development!
For the most part, there’s still massive utilization of jQuery in the workforce today. My first job as a professional developer, building an entire CRM application, required using the jQuery framework.
Even though jQuery might have alternatives now, why is it still important for students to learn jQuery? Why does Sabio still teach jQuery?
If you work at a small business with legacy code, you’ll likely end up using jQuery.
jQuery has a very small learning curve, which is why we start out teaching jQuery at Sabio.
These foundations can be cemented with jQuery.
At what point in the curriculum do students learn jQuery? Is jQuery basic or advanced?
For my students who have never coded before, jQuery can be something you learn within 2-3 days or a week of your training at Sabio. It’s simple, not time-consuming and great to start with before we move onto the more advanced and complex frameworks.
Should a bootcamp graduate expect to be asked about jQuery in a technical interview these days?
Absolutely. When I was a student at Sabio, we started out learning jQuery and then moved onto other more complex languages; but the interview I got was a jQuery position! I took a day or two
Realistically, you could learn these concepts in a day!
And of course, start coding now!
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