The most important features of jQuery include:
- HTML manipulation
- CSS manipulation
- DOM manipulation
- DOM element selection
- HTML event methods
- Effects and Animations
- JSON Parsing
Let’s also look at a few of the advantages of using jQuery:
- Makes programming faster and more efficient.
- Because it is open-source, it has a huge community, which means constant support and add-ons.
- Has extensive documentation.
- You get a ton of plug-ins that let you extend its functionality as needed.
- Simplifies sending asynchronous HTTP requests to the server without reloading the page.
- You can create dynamic effects through the application by calling on several animation methods.
- Event handling is reduced to a few lines of code.
As useful as jQuery is for simplifying individual functions, programmers can extend it even more in the form of plugins. These plugins are created by jQuery users based on code found in the library. These can be found on the official jQuery UI (User Interface) repository and are curated by jQuery’s professional community. Some of the most useful jQuery plugins include Effect, TaggingJS, Autocomplete, Scrollmagic, Fine Uploader, Blueimp Gallery, Slick, AnimateScroll, and Infinite AJAX Scroll.