Surely every programmer has heard about jQuery by now, but how many of them are actually using it? I recently had the pleasure of creating a new website utilizing jQuery, and I must say, it is awesome! The site has a lot of user interactions that benefit greatly from jQuery’s capabilities. Other than the ease of working with the DOM like selecting and editing elements of the page, my favorite feature is the AJAX calls. Each action can be a separate web service function, which makes for a compact and clean coding environment.
It’s really pretty simple to learn jQuery, and the difference it makes on the usability side of a website can be huge. Even if you don’t have a programming background, just checkout some of the beginner tutorials to get an idea of what you can do to your site.
When it comes down to user interactions, the easier the better. We have to lower the barriers to user interaction to get visitors to engage with a website. There is a fine line that is the tipping point that makes or breaks a website, and jQuery could be the bit that makes the difference!
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