To fully understand jQuery and its applications in modern web programming, it's important to take a moment and look back at where jQuery came from, what needs it was built to fill, and what programming in Java Script was like before jQuery came around.
Understanding the Benefits of jQuery
- Small ile size (approximately 23KB as of version 1.4)
- Extremely simple syntax
- Chainable methods
- Easy plug-in architecture for extending the framework
- A huge online community
- Great documentation at
- Optional extensions of jQuery for added functionality, such as jQueryUI
Understanding the History of jQuery
The brain child of developer John Resig jQuery was first announced at BarCamp NYC in early 2006 (for more on BarCamp. Resig noted on his web site, that he created jQuery because he wasunhappy with the currently available libraries and felt that they could be vastly improved by reducing “syntactic fluff” and adding specific controls for common actions. jQuery was a big hit in the development community and quickly gained momentum. Other developers came on to help refine the library, ultimately resulting in the first stable release of jQuery, version 1.0, on August 26, 2006. Since then, jQuery has progressed to version 1.4.2 (at the time of this writing) and has seen a huge influx of plug-ins from the ndevelopment community. A plug-in is an extension of jQuery that isn’t part of the core library.