jQuery has been widely used for more than a decade, and well-known companies like Kickstarter, Twitter and Hootsuite have used it in their applications. What else can jQuery do, and should you learn it?
The Benefits of Using jQuery
For many web developers, jQuery was the very first library they learned, and with good reason. jQuery:
- Streamlines making AJAX calls.
- Even works on the server side with Node.
jQuery Has Its Downsides
But! We strongly encourage you to learn jQuery, and here's why: Many companies, including the big names listed above, have used jQuery in their code, meaning that they need developers who understand jQuery to maintain their apps. For this reason alone, it's important that web developers learn jQuery for now.
How to Learn jQuery
So, how do you learn jQuery? Director in Residence Beth D'Amato has written a great blog post on the topic, and goes further into detail on how you might use jQuery in your career as a web developer. Check it out over at Course Report.