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Learning jQuery 3 - Fifth Edition

By : Jonathan Chaffer, Karl Swedberg
Book Image

Learning jQuery 3 - Fifth Edition

By: Jonathan Chaffer, Karl Swedberg

Overview of this book

If you are a web developer and want to create web applications that look good, are efficient, have rich user interfaces, and integrate seamlessly with any backend using AJAX, then this book is the ideal match for you. We’ll show you how you can integrate jQuery 3.0 into your web pages, avoid complex JavaScript code, create brilliant animation effects for your web applications, and create a flawless app. We start by configuring and customising the jQuery environment, and getting hands-on with DOM manipulation. Next, we’ll explore event handling advanced animations, creating optimised user interfaces, and building useful third-party plugins. Also, we'll learn how to integrate jQuery with your favourite back-end framework. Moving on, we’ll learn how the ECMAScript 6 features affect your web development process with jQuery. we’ll discover how to use the newly introduced JavaScript promises and the new animation API in jQuery 3.0 in great detail, along with sample code and examples. By the end of the book, you will be able to successfully create a fully featured and efficient single page web application and leverage all the new features of jQuery 3.0 effectively.
Table of Contents (23 chapters)
Title Page
About the Authors
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback

Custom selectors

To the wide variety of CSS selectors, jQuery adds its own custom selectors. These custom selectors enhance the capabilities of CSS selectors to locate page elements in new ways.


Performance noteWhen possible, jQuery uses the native DOM selector engine of the browser to find elements. This extremely fast approach is not possible when custom jQuery selectors are used. For this reason, it is recommended to avoid frequent use of custom selectors when a native option is available.

Most of the custom selectors allow us to choose one or more elements from a collection of elements that we have already found. The custom selector syntax is the same as the CSS pseudo-class syntax, where the selector starts with a colon (:). For example, to select the second item from a set of <div> elements with a class of horizontal, we write this:


Note that :eq(1) selects the second item in the set because JavaScript array numbering is zero-based, meaning that it...