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Introduction:

What is jQuery?

Since you've come to this page, you may already have a pretty good idea about what jQuery is, but to be on the safe side, here is a brief explanation. jQuery is a JavaScript framework, which purpose is to make it much easier to use JavaScript on your website. You could also describe jQuery as an abstraction layer, since it takes a lot of the functionality that you would have to write many lines of JavaScript to accomplish and wraps it into functions that you can call with a single line of code. It's important to note that jQuery does not replace JavaScript, and while it does offer some syntactical shortcuts, the code you write when you use jQuery is still JavaScript code.

Tendo isso em mente, você deve saber que não existe a necessidade de ser um especialista em JavaScript para conseguir usar o jQuery. Realmente, o jQuery busca simplificar muitas coisas do JavaScript, como chamadas do AJAX e manipulação do DOM (Document Object Manage), para que você consiga fazer coisas sem precisar saber tudo sobre JavaScript.

Existem muitos frameworks JavaScript disponíveis no mercado, mas, até o presente momento, o jQuery demonstra ser o mais popular e extensivo framework, comprovado pela facilidade de encontrar plugins para ele para quase todas as tarefas que existem. O poder, a imensa variedade de plugins e a sintaxe elegante são pontos que fazem do jQuery um framework tão bom, Continue lendo para saber mais sobre o assunto e veja por que o recomendamos.

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