What is jQuery?

While I start the Tanning of new Pipe-lined Programmers I Come across a very common Question from those "What is jQuery?" So Article Contains a Brief of the Answer to: 1. What is JQuery 2.Downloading jQuery 3. Alternatives to Downloading 4. Adding the jQuery Library to Your Pages

What is jQuery?

jQuery is a library of JavaScript Functions.

jQuery is a lightweight "write less, do more" JavaScript library.

The jQuery library contains the following features:

HTML element selections
HTML element manipulation
CSS manipulation
HTML event functions
JavaScript Effects and animations
HTML DOM traversal and modification

Downloading jQuery

Two versions of jQuery are available for downloading: one minified and one uncompressed (for debugging or reading).

Both versions can be downloaded from jQuery.com.

Alternatives to Downloading

If you don't want to store the jQuery library on your own computer, you can use the hosted jQuery library from Google or Microsoft.


<script type="text/javascript" src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.4.2/jquery.min.js"></script>


<script type="text/javascript" src="http://ajax.microsoft.com/ajax/jquery/jquery-1.4.2.min.js"></script>

Adding the jQuery Library to Your Pages

The jQuery library is stored as a single JavaScript file, containing all the jQuery methods.

It can be added to a web page as

1. Inline mark-up

2. Embedded Mark-up.

3. Or as an Link of a External File


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