FREE Jquery Tutorial: Beginner Series
Beyond what are simply benefits of learning the JQuery language, there are a host of features that make the language JQuery both desirable to learn and useful. CSS selectors, or the ability to use JQuery with Cascading Style Sheets is useful. There are also a lot of user functions available to the user, and the user interface itself is notable. These features and more add up to a rich feature set that allow a JQuery coder to have a good experience while coding on any task.
JQuery CSS Selectors
The new version of CSS, CSS3 is being implemented heavily, and JQuery has direct support in production code for CSS selectors, making it easy to change the page layout and feel from within your JQuery code. While JQuery itself can work with design elements, in CSS implementations this can be a very useful tool to the Web developer.
Easy User Interface
JQuery has an extensive community-supported user base and is a robust language. Therefore, many functions, programs, and interfaces have been created. Some of these are designed to enhance the user experience itself. These extras have been bundled into the core of the language, in a package called JQuery User Interface.
JQuery has stuck to its core from the beginning in standard, but has allowed the User Interface package as well as third party objects known as plugins. These plugins can be anything that can be created in JQuery. Once these JQuery plugins have been created, they can be used across the entire project without having to re-code the plugin in each use. What’s more, you can make the plugin available to the development community.
- On the inverse side, plugins that are available from the development community are extremely diverse. Almost every element that can be made or UI widget that has been used has become a plugin. These plugins can be used as easily as standard JQuery code and allow you to save time in programming your projects.
- A major benefit to using plugins is bandwidth. Rather than using repeated code instances, using a plugin across your site allows the download and local caching to take place once and then the code need not be sent again unlike hand-coded elements.
- JQuery as a language is focused on being lightweight and avoiding large, extensive code, so plugins are a natural extension of that philosophy.
- As we wrap up the major features of JQuery, it is easy to see why JQuery is becoming an increasingly popular language. By allowing compatibility with a senior technology such as CSS, you allow extensibility to the language. Utilities allow you to add to your own coding experience without much effort. And libraries and plugins allow you to write a lot with a little – the philosophy of JQuery. Earlier Web technologies such as HTML require you to explicitly code your website for each page, while JQuery tries to avoid code repetition by offering libraries for as many ideas as have been published.