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Learning jQuery Third Edition by Karl Swedberg, Jonathan Chaffer

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Deferred objects

In jQuery 1.5, a concept known as a deferred object was introduced to the library. A deferred object encapsulates an operation that takes some time to complete. These objects allow us to easily handle situations in which we want to act when a process completes, but we don't necessarily know how long the process will take or even if it will be successful.

A new deferred object can be created at any time by calling the $.Deferred() constructor. Once we have such an object, we can perform long-lasting operations and then call the .resolve() or .reject() methods on the object to indicate the operation was successful or unsuccessful. It is somewhat unusual to do this manually, however. Typically, rather than creating our own deferred ...

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