jQuery 1.3 Released – How to use jQuery

Thursday, January 15th, 2009 | Business | by

jQuery is a “fast and concise JavaScript Library that simplifies HTML document traversing, event handling, animating, and Ajax interactions for rapid web development.  jQuery is designed to change the way that you write JavaScript.”

jQuery version 1.3 was released yesterday.

Some new features in 1.3 are:

  • Sizzle – a brand new CSS selector engine
  • Live Events – event delegation with a jQuery twist
  • jQuery Event Overhaul – simplified event handling
  • HTML Injection Rewrite – Lightning-fast HTML appending
  • Offset Rewrite – Super-quick position calculation
  • No more browser sniffing!!
  • New API Browser – http://api.jquery.com/

I have yet to play with jQuery 1.3, but will post my impressions after I get some hands on time with it.

Are you new to jQuery?
jQuery is a library that you can include on your web projects.  jQuery enables HTML and JavaScript developers to rapidly deploy functionality that traditionally is more complex.  Through browser independent APIs, developers and designers can implement event handling, CSS changes, animations, popular web 2.0 effects, or other common function of web 2.0+ sites. 

Downloading jQuery
You can get jQuery by going to jQuery.com and downloading the version of jQuery you want:

  • Production version – 18kb – Minified for production environments (don’t try to debug this, its a nightmare)
  • Development version – 114kb – Developers can go in and see how things work with this version, but the footprint is huge

Getting Started with jQuery
jQuery provides a series of useful tutorials.   

Some favorites are:

There are so many more tutorials out there.

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10 Comments to jQuery 1.3 Released – How to use jQuery

January 15, 2009

Hey thanks very much for mentioning my article, I appreciate it :)

January 16, 2009

Hey sean,

Jitendra from SezWho here.

I saw your tweek re:SezWho…Can you please elaborate on the issue you were having? SezWho should certainly not break comments…Please send me a mail at Jitendra [at] sezwho.com and we will address the issue.

Thanks, Jitendra

January 16, 2009

Lot of great stuff in 1.3…Looking forward to trying it.

January 17, 2009

Hi there Sean, I’m also an aspiring web designer. But i’m still young. How i wish i’m just like you :) with lots of knowledge about web technologies.

By the way, thanks for this post, and thanks for visiting my blog.

January 18, 2009

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.



January 20, 2009

zplits, its a fun trip. Web development / design is such an interesting field. While the concept required to master it are somewhat simple (relatively), the breadth of knowledge you will need is amazing. You will always find new technologies to learn, always find new ways to use that technology.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me (seangw@seangw.com in case you haven’t found it elsewhere). You can also contact me on Twitter, http://www.twitter.com/seangw, or just keep watching this blog.

January 21, 2009

wow. you actually replied. Thank you sir, don’t you know that you’re the first web designer who replied to me? I think most of them ignored me. But it’s okay, at least you did replied. And for that your the first. :)

I’m a bit confuse on which language to learn first. I have learned html, css, and a bit of php, mysql, javascript, and actionscript. Do you have any advice for me?

Thanks for your response sir, really appreciate it.
And by the way, i’m following you on twitter, please follow me too, http://twitter.com/zplitstonez.

Thanks a lot

January 21, 2009

You’re quite welcome!

What are you most interested in, with regards to web design? Is it the design itself? Are you more interested in ecommerce?

Different languages lend themselves to different activities. If you are more into design, I would recommend going the Flash / Actionscript and AJAX / Javascript route. Those will power your design.

If you are looking more heavily into backend components, I would recommend Java / JSP / J2EE, or ASP.Net. PHP is great, but not usually used on the larger sites. Personally I think PHP is fine, you just have to know how to build efficient websites with it.

PHP is always easier to learn quickly, as just setting up a Java / JSP / J2EE environment takes a lot of time. ASP.Net is efficient, but I feel there is a steep learning curve initially. Once you get passed the ASP.Net learning curve, you wish you had took the time to do Java / JSP / J2EE.

MySQL is great, but you shoudl also take the time to learn MSSQL if you can, as well as Oracle. Again, this depends on your goals. Most larger websites use Oracle (corporate at least). Non corporate, such as digg / reddit (I know, I’m using “non corporate” a little liberally here) would probably use MySQL as it’s more popular in a startup. Costs to implement Oracle, in an enterprise, begin at around $50k — so startups lean away from it (but it’s great with financial transactions, and larger numbers).

January 22, 2009

Hi again sir sean. Thank you for brightening it up for me. I want more on design. I think i’ll take what you have recommended me, going for Flash/actionscript, ajax, javascript route and add some php and mysql. I think it will be best. :)

I’m so thankful for the thoughts that you have shared to me. I’ve never heard that advice from someone here. Thank you so much sir.

I’m so thankful. Very.

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