What is jQuery and What Is It Used For?
Nowadays, the development of web technologies is strongly influenced by the constantly growing requirements and expectations of web users. Having an interactive, impressive and trendy website is a must for successful online presence.
During the early years of the Internet the information was mainly presented as plain text. Today, however, users demand more – images, animations, audio and video, online chats, infographics, slides, etc.
One of the web technologies by which you can make your website look trendy and create exceptional user experience is jQuery.
If we compare visualization of information online to a dancer, we can say that at the dawn of Internet he only had to perform simple steps for beginners, but nowadays he must participate in challenging tango and salsa dancing competitions. 🙂
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The dynamics of a certain website may consist in changing the content which is displayed on the webpage when a user performs an action.
Libraries reduce the time necessary for a web project development.
What is jQuery?
The library is supported by all contemporary browsers.
jQuery Mobile is also used for the webmail client Horde.
Some of the advantages of the specially developed jQuery mobile version are:
- It is widely supported by mobile devices and web browsers. With jQuery Mobile it is almost certain that anyone can access your website through their mobile devices. Thanks to some of the jQuery Mobile improvements now a mobile device which cannot process CSS and Ajax can handle a web document with the most basic HTML elements.
- Web page elements such as registration forms, radio buttons and sliders are now available for touchscreen devices. It is possible to select a single checkbox without zooming the page in order to tick the desired field.
- Responsive (adaptive) design. All of the website elements like tables and texts are designed in a flexible way so that they are perfectly displayed on different mobile device resolutions.
Examples for jQuery Mobile elements:
Forms: fields, menus, radio buttons, etc.
Mobile design themes
There are many other libraries such as MooTools, Prototype, Ext Core, jsPHP, WinJS.
Some of the biggest websites using jQuery are: Microsoft.com, Amazon.com, Mail.ru, Tumblr.com, Yandex.ru, MediaWiki.org.
How to use jQuery?
Or it can be directly embedded in the website with a .js file link. You can see the link here: https://developers.google.com/speed/libraries/devguide#jquery
How jQuery works: http://learn.jquery.com/about-jquery/how-jquery-works
If you are now starting to use jQuery, do not miss the interactive game tutorial on: http://try.jquery.com
The plugins expand the options of the jQuery library. There are plugins, developed by the jQuery team or by other, independent developers.
With those plugins you can add different features and extras to your website or parts of it. Some of the most popular features are: forms, animations, image sliders, responsive design, etc.
Official plugin collection:http://plugins.jquery.com
When you are choosing a suitable plugin, pay attention whether there is profound help information for it and if there is support or contact with the developer offered.
The plugins are also embedded in the website, just like the jQuery library. You first have to download the file, save it in a folder and then embed it. For example:
Some of the most impressive plugins
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Color picker sliders
Sorting, filtering and categorizing elements, etc.
Animated filtering and sorting elements