The features and aspects of jQuery include:
- small file size in its compressed format
- developed to work on the various popular browsers
- simplifies HTML Document Object Model Transversal
- makes event handling easier
- allows for animation effects
- now supports CSS3 selectors
- free downloads and open sourced
- universally used across the internet
- cross-platform to work on a variety of operating systems
- allows the development of Ajax applications
- has additional plug-ins and widgets for specific functionality
For complete documentation at jQuery.com, click here
Who are the developers of jQuery?
jQuery is a project that is run by a group of volunteers known as "The jQuery Team". This team is dedicated to the development, quality and availability of jQuery. There is a Board of Directors, a Board of Advisors, Support Staff and subteams.
Each subteam focuses of different aspects of the jQuery Project. The teams specialize in the Infrastructure, Standards, Core, Mobile, QUnit, UI, Standards, Events, Developer Relations and Outreach for the project. There is also a long list of past jQuery Alumni that have contributed the jQuery Project in the past.
Visit jquery.org/team for a list of the members of The jQuery Team.
Where can I get jQuery files?
The free download for jQuery files can be found at:
There are several different files of different releases that you can choose from. Read the documentation to be sure that you have what you need.
Google also has a library of jQuery files for public use at:
How do I link to the jQuery files?
You can download the jQuery libray file or files to your own computer. Save them to a folder called js in a directory where you are going to put your jQuery practice files. In the <head> section of each practice file you will want to add the following line:
Be sure the name of the .js file shown in the src="/" area above matches the name of the file that you downloaded from jQuery.
You can also choose to link directly to the files on the Google server. These Google library files include jQuery, jQuery Mobile and jQuery UI documentation. Click here to access the various Google Library Files for jQuery. At this link there are snippets of code that you will place in the <head> section f your practice document so that the links retreive the correct files.
Find out exactly how to link to the jQuery files in the JQ Zemplate article: Obtaining and linking to jQuery files
What can jQuery do?
Here is a list of some of the things that using jQuery, jQuery Mobile and jQuery UI can do for the pages of your web site:
- make changes to the site with events like mouseover or click events
- change the color of a background or text
- open, expand or close portions of the web page
- change out images
- animate objects
- make objects fade in or fade out of view
- check forms for complete information
- allow for pop-up windows and dialog boxes
How is jQ.Zemplate going to help me to learn jQuery?
jQ.zemplate is not intending to replicate any existing sites that elaborate on jQuery. What we are attempting to do is present some of the information in a simplified manner that is easier for the beginning web developer to grasp. The resources for jQuery are vast, but at times are aimed for those with a great deal of coding experience. The beauty of jQuery and jQuery UI is that you don't have to be a power-coder to be able to use its functionality.
This site is divided into several sections. With each section is a series of articles to assist you with the learning process. When learning jQuery, some of the terms and concepts can seem a bit obscure until you actually apply them while creating script for a web page. You may need to refer back to reference articles while coding to get the full understanding.