How to Learn jQuery
jQuery was first announced by creator John Resig in 2006. It’s an open source platform, meaning it contributes a significant amount of free code to the Creative Commons where anyone can access, learn from and use it in their projects. Many iterations of jQuery have been released, including one for mobile. Open JS Foundation is responsible for expanding jQuery products and coordinates all projects.
How Is jQuery Used?
What Do I Need to Know Before jQuery?
- HTML: jQuery enables HTML document traversal, and as such, a basic understanding of HTML makes enacting tasks and creating efficiencies with jQuery easier.
- CSS: Because jQuery handles DOM modification through CSS selectors, it may be useful to have a basic understanding of this language. It handles Node elements and names so understanding Node is important to learning jQuery. Mozilla Developer Network (MDN) offers free tutorials to get started learning CSS.
Tips and Strategies for Learning jQuery
These simple strategies and tips will make learning jQuery easier for the aspiring coder:
- Use the latest version of jQuery: jQuery has been rereleased numerous times since it was first created in 2006. Make sure you are working with the latest version to get the most out of your learning journey.
- Take a class: While you can do some self-study to acquaint yourself with the platform, it’s a good idea to dive into a class or coding bootcamp to make sure you are learning the fundamentals from an expert.
- Utilize an array of online resources: Many forums including Stack Overflow and others exist to help aspiring developers learn about coding. Look for other resources including tutorials, courses and videos.
- Network with other developers: Find people who have already learned jQuery and pick their brain for useful tips or to find out how they practically apply jQuery in their day to day job as a developer.
- Practice teaching: One way to learn is to teach. It may be helpful to talk about coding with fellow developers who will understand what you are talking about and correct you if you are wrong.
- Understand basic syntax: Every language has its own syntax. Make sure you understand the basics of jQuery and how it differs from other coding languages you’ve learned to date.
- Familiarize yourself with plug-ins: If you are going to be a developer, you will likely use jQuery regularly and you will want to explore plug-ins associated with it.
- Be open to being a lifelong learner: Many people have a misconception that they have to understand a language in its entirety. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Most coders continue to deepen their knowledge indefinitely.
- Visit jQuery.com to see FAQs: Noone knows it better than the source. Visit the frequently asked questions section of jQuery.com if you get stumped.
- Visit a forum like Stack Overflow: This section goes over tips and tricks for jQuery including some terminology and common pitfalls.
Frequently Asked Questions
jQuery is a useful tool to have in your arsenal as a website developer or coder. It simplifies other coding languages. In addition to learning jQuery, you may want to explore the other programming languages to learn.
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Last updated: January 2021