Explore how jQuery works and why it’s a necessary part of your everyday coding tools and online experience.
Another way of looking at jQuery use is by thinking of a very simple element such as a digital arrow on a page. This arrow will need to be positioned above, below, or beside other page elements. A simple jQuery plugin would help you place that arrow inside the image border but before the text begins, and to make that arrow fade out after it first appears.
Advanced jQuery options greatly expand the ability of developers to create digital experiences that conform to a specific set of characteristics or actions. One great way to see what options jQuery can provide is to review the jQuery Plugin Library. The plugin library represents code snippets that have already been crafted by another developer. One way to consider this library is to compare it to using basic graphic design software. Sure, you could hand draw and create all the elements needed to create a picture frame for your photo — OR — you could grab a premade photo from a graphic library connected to your software and quickly customize the existing frame. Sure, both systems work and could produce a great-looking photo that truly compliments your project, but one method will probably save you hours of time for the same result. jQuery plugins are these prebuilt time savers, and common uses include:
- responsive design and sizing code
- forms and contact collection
- input fields and boxes
- AJAX-based plugins and design
Some examples of plugins can be found as listed at jQuery, such as Fancytree, a tree view plugin with drag and drop features like checkboxes, or Magnific Popup, which is a lightbox popup that can hold videos with added animation effects. Clearly, this plugin provides the code and features to have an information tree with multiple features and interactions. Sourcing from libraries of features such as these allows not only time-tested and time-saving code to be easily applied to your projects, but helps push community innovation even further.
jQuery Popularity and Use
To make sense of just how big that is, Amazon only has 35.9% of the online market share in the United States with Walmart following at 7% according to CNBC. One way to think of this would be to consider Amazon shopping owning more than twice as much as they do now in their specific consumer audience.
Common code in the jQuery library helps create scrollers, sliders, responsive images, AJAX, submittable contact forms, and more. jQuery provides the building blocks that make web experiences work beyond that of displaying a simple page. These plugins allow users to interact with content and digital elements to move within set parameters on a page. The result is a faster, better web experience for all.