What is jQuery?

jQuery is a well written JavaScript code. As quoted on official jQuery website, "it is a fast and concise JavaScript Library that simplifies traversal and manipulation of HTML document, event handling, animation, and Ajax interactions with an easy-to-use API that works across a multitude of browsers for rapid web development".

It is a free and open source software. Microsoft has integrated jQuery officially into its IDE Visual Studio 2010 (jQuery intellisense is available in Visual Studio 2010).

jQuery is very compact and well written JavaScript code that increases the productivity of the developer.
  • It helps to develop browser compatible web page and improve the performance of an application.
  • It is fast and concise and helps to implement UI related critical functionality without writing hundreds of lines of codes.
  • It is extensible – jQuery can be extended to implement customized behavior.
  • No need to learn fresh new syntax to use jQuery, knowing simple JavaScript syntax is enough.

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