jQuery beginner tutorial - $(document).ready(function() {}

jQuery is free, open source cross-browser JavaScript library designed to simplify the client-side programming of HTML. jQuery is designed to make it easier to navigate a document, select DOM elements, create animations, handle events, and develop Ajax applications. jQuery also provides capabilities for developers to create plug-ins on top of the JavaScript library. This enables developers to create abstractions for low-level interaction and animation, advanced effects and high-level, theme-able widgets. The modular approach to the jQuery library allows the creation of powerful dynamic web pages and web applications.

jQuery Tutorial for Beginners
jQuery Tutorial for Beginners
In tutorial we can going to learn how to load jQuery library on your web page and then add some content to it dynamically using jQuery. We will go little deeper with how to make an HTML element clickable by attaching the onClick event listener to it.

Source for the HTML page - index.html

    <title>jQuery Beginners Tutorial</title>

    <link href="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jqueryui/1.8/themes/base/jquery-ui.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />
    <script src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.7.2/jquery.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jqueryui/1.8/jquery-ui.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="app.js"></script>

        This is a beginners Tutorial to get you started with jQuery. We are going 
        to add some Text inside the DIV tag mySection using jQuery and also learn 
        how to capture events such as click. 
    <div id="mySection">

Source for the JavaScript file using jQuery - app.js

$(document).ready(function() {

    $("#mySection").html("<b>This text was added using jQuery</b>");
        alert("Thanks for visiting mysamplecode.com!");


Comparisons to plain JavaScript

  • jQuery uses $(document).ready(function()) which similar to the window.onload = function(){}. It basically runs all the jQuery scripts after the page loading is complete to avoid DOM errors.
  • $("#mySection").html(someValue) is basically doing the same thing as document.getElementById('mySection').innerHTML = someValue
  • $("p").click(function(event){} add a click listener to the element and then passes the event to the function where you can take some action. Its similar to listening for an onClick event in Javascript. we are just doing an alert here to demonstrate the click event.

In this example we have used the jQuery library (jquery.js) from google. You can also download the jQuery library from the jQuery website and put that in your server, but there are advantages to using the google library over your own one. The library usaully gets loaded faster as google has better server than ours, also there is chance that the user visited another site that has used the same library so it may be already be cahched by the browser resulting in faster page load time. The jQuery library is also hosted on other CDN networks such as Microsoft, jQuery, etc.

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