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jQuery in Action by Yehuda Katz, Bear Bibeault

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Chapter 1. Introducing jQuery

This chapter covers

  • Why you should use jQuery
  • What Unobtrusive JavaScript means
  • The fundamental elements and concepts of jQuery
  • Using jQuery in conjunction with other JavaScript libraries

Considered a “toy” language by serious web developers for most of its lifetime, JavaScript has regained its prestige in the past few years as a result of the renewed interest in Rich Internet Applications and Ajax technologies. The language has been forced to grow up quickly as client-side developers have tossed aside cut-and-paste JavaScript for the convenience of full-featured JavaScript libraries that solve difficult cross-browser problems once and for all and provide new and improved paradigms for web development.

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