Some of the built-in capabilities of jQuery are provided via what we have been calling
global functions. As we've seen, these are actually methods of the
jQuery object, but practically speaking, they are functions within a
A prime example of this technique is the
$.ajax() function. Everything that
$.ajax() does could be accomplished with a regular global function called simply
ajax(), but this approach would leave us open for function name conflicts. By placing the function within the
jQuery namespace, we only have to worry about conflicts with other jQuery methods.
Many of the global functions provided by the core jQuery library are utility methods; that is, they provide shortcuts for tasks that are ...