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If you are a web developer or aspiring to be one, you might have heard of jQuery, a popular JavaScript library that simplifies many tasks related to web development.
But what exactly is jQuery and why should you learn it? In this article, we will answer these questions and give you some tips on how to get started with jQuery.
What is jQuery?

It doesn’t have its own syntax, but rather a set of conventions for using JavaScript syntax. All the scripting you write in jQuery is converted to JavaScript internally.

 jQuery takes a lot of common tasks that require many lines of JavaScript code to accomplish and wraps them into methods that you can call with a single line of code.

For example, you can use jQuery to:

  • Select and manipulate HTML elements using CSS selectors
  • Add or remove classes, attributes, styles, or content to HTML elements
  • Handle user events such as clicks, mouseovers, keypresses, etc.
  • Create animations and effects using predefined methods or custom functions
  • Send and receive data from a server using AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML)
  • Use plugins to extend the functionality of jQuery with additional features

There are many reasons why jQuery is a popular choice among web developers. Here are some of them:

  • jQuery is easy to learn. If you already know some basic HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, you can start using jQuery right away. You don’t need to learn a new syntax or a complex framework. 
  • jQuery is cross-browser compatible. The jQuery team knows all about cross-browser issues, and they have written this knowledge into the jQuery library. jQuery will run exactly the same in all major browsers, so you don’t have to worry about writing different code for different browsers.
  • jQuery is lightweight and fast. The jQuery library is only about 30 KB in size (minified and gzipped), which means it won’t slow down your website loading time. jQuery also uses efficient algorithms and techniques to perform its tasks quickly and smoothly.
  • jQuery is widely used and supported. Many of the biggest companies on the Web use jQuery, such as Google, Microsoft, IBM, Netflix, etc. This means that jQuery is reliable and trustworthy. It also means that you can find a lot of resources and support from the jQuery community, such as forums, blogs, books, courses, etc.
How to get started with jQuery?

To start using jQuery on your website, you need to do two things:

  • Include the jQuery library in your HTML document using a <script> tag. You can either download the library from the official website4 or use a CDN (Content Delivery Network) link to load it from an external source.
  • Write your jQuery code inside a <script> tag or in a separate JavaScript file. You can use either the standard $ symbol or the jQuery keyword to access the jQuery methods. You also need to wrap your code inside a $(document).ready() function to ensure that it runs only after the HTML document is fully loaded.

Here is an example of a simple HTML document that uses jQuery:

  <title>jQuery Example</title>
  <!-- Include the jQuery library from a CDN -->
  <script src=""></script>
  <h1>jQuery Example</h1>
  <p id="intro">This is an example of using jQuery.</p>
  <button id="hide">Hide</button>
  <button id="show">Show</button>
  <!-- Write your jQuery code inside a script tag -->
    // Use the $ symbol or the jQuery keyword to access the jQuery methods
    $(document).ready(function() {
      // Select the element with id="intro" and hide it when the button with id="hide" is clicked
      $("#hide").click(function() {
      // Select the element with id="intro" and show it when the button with id="show" is clicked
      $("#show").click(function() {

This code will create a simple web page with a heading, a paragraph, and two buttons. When you click on the “Hide” button, the paragraph will disappear. When you click on the “Show” button, the paragraph will reappear. This is done by using the jQuery methods hide() and show() to manipulate the visibility of the HTML element with id=“intro”.


jQuery is a powerful and easy-to-use JavaScript library that can help you create dynamic and interactive web pages. By learning jQuery, you can save time and effort, avoid cross-browser issues, and enhance your web development skills. 

We hope this article has given you a clear introduction to jQuery and why you should learn it. Happy coding

Posted in Jquery on June 09 2023 at 08:18 AM

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