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ASP.NET jQuery Cookbook - Second Edition

By : Sonal Aneel Allana
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ASP.NET jQuery Cookbook - Second Edition

By: Sonal Aneel Allana

Overview of this book

jQuery is a lightweight JavaScript library that has changed the landscape of client scripting in web applications. Developed by John Resig in 2006, it has taken the web by storm because of its cross-browser compatibility and the ability to get more done with less code. It has gained popularity with ASP.NET developers and is now distributed with Visual Studio and the NuGet package manager. ASP.NET jQuery Cookbook explores the wide range of utilities that the jQuery library provides. It teaches you the nitty-gritty of plugging in these features in ASP.NET web applications. It covers every aspect of interfacing the library, right from downloading and including jQuery on web pages to selecting controls, handling events, and creating animations. This book also walks you through DOM traversal and manipulation in ASP.NET and then through visual effects and graphics in ASP.NET sites. It explores advanced features such as posting AJAX requests and writing plugins. It will provide you with all the information you need to use this library confidently with ASP.NET.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
ASP.NET jQuery Cookbook Second Edition
About the Author
About the Reviewer

Downloading jQuery from

This recipe explains how to download jQuery on your system along with the version/build to use and the supporting files that are required.

Getting ready

Following are the steps to download jQuery:

  1. Launch any web browser and enter the URL to access the jQuery home page:

  2. Click on the Download jQuery button (highlighted in the preceding screenshot) on the right-hand side of the page. This opens up the download page with a list of available files, as shown in the following screenshot:

How to do it…

jQuery is available in two different major versions at the time of writing:

  • Version 1.x

  • Version 2.x

Though the Application Programming Interface (API) is the same for both major versions, the difference lies in the support offered for certain browsers. The 2.x line does not support old browsers, such as IE 6, 7, and 8, while the 1.x line continues with this support. So, if the end users of your application will not be using old browsers, you can download the 2.x version.

The jQuery library consists of a single JavaScript (.js) file and can be downloaded in the following formats:

  • Uncompressed format: This is used in a development environment or when debugging the code.

  • Compressed format: This is used in a production (that is, release) environment. It is compact and uses low bandwidth. It is commonly referred to as the minified version.

To download the file, simply right-click on the required version, 1.x or 2.x, and the required format: uncompressed or compressed. Save the file in a location of your choice as shown in the following screenshot:

Note the following naming convention for the jQuery library:




Version 1.x



Version 2.x



The compressed (minified) version is clearly distinct from the uncompressed version because of the .min.js extension. The minified file uses code optimization techniques, such as removing whitespaces and comments as well as reducing variable names to one character. This version is difficult to read, so the uncompressed version is preferred when debugging.

On the download page, there is also a map file available with the extension. Sometimes, when bugs appear in the production environment necessitating troubleshooting, the use of the minified file for debugging can be difficult. The map file simplifies this process. It maps the compressed file back to its unbuilt state so that during debugging, the experience becomes similar to using the uncompressed version.

See also…

The Understanding CDN for jQuery recipe.