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jQuery 1.4 Reference Guide

By : Jonathan Chaffer, Karl Swedberg, jQuery Foundation
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jQuery 1.4 Reference Guide

By: Jonathan Chaffer, Karl Swedberg, jQuery Foundation

Overview of this book

If you are looking for a comprehensive reference guide to this popular JavaScript library, this book and eBook is for you. To make optimal use of jQuery, it's good to keep in mind the breadth of capabilities it provides. You can add dynamic, interactive elements to your sites with reduced development time using jQuery.Revised and updated for version 1.4 of jQuery, this book offers an organized menu of every jQuery method, function, and selector. Each method and function is introduced with a summary of its syntax and a list of its parameters and return value, followed by a discussion, with examples where applicable, to assist in getting the most out of jQuery and avoiding the pitfalls commonly associated with JavaScript and other client-side languages.In this book you will be provided information about the latest features of jQuery that include Sizzle Selector, Native event delegation, Event triggering, DOM manipulation, and many more. You won't be confined to built-in functionality, you'll be able to examine jQuery's plug-in architecture and we discuss both how to use plug-ins and how to write your own. If you're already familiar with JavaScript programming, this book will help you dive right into advanced jQuery concepts. You'll be able to experiment on your own, trusting the pages of this book to provide information on the intricacies of the library, where and when you need it.This book is a companion to Learning jQuery 1.3. Learning jQuery 1.3 begins with a tutorial to jQuery, where the authors share their knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm about jQuery to help you get the most from the library and to make your web applications shine.jQuery 1.4 Reference Guide digs deeper into the library, taking you through the syntax specifications and following up with detailed discussions. You'll discover the untapped possibilities that jQuery 1.4 makes available, and polish your skills as you return to this guide time and again.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
jQuery 1.4 Reference Guide
About the Authors
About the Reviewers

Plug-in conventions

Before sharing our plug-in with the world at, we should check to ensure that the code conforms to the following conventions.

Use of the $ alias

jQuery plug-ins may not assume that the $ alias is available. Instead, the full jQuery name must be written out each time.

In longer plug-ins, many developers find that the lack of the $ shortcut makes code more difficult to read. To combat this, the shortcut can be locally defined for the scope of the plug-in by defining and executing a function. The syntax for defining and executing a function at once looks like this:

(function($) {
  // Code goes here

The wrapping function takes a single parameter to which we pass the global jQuery object. The parameter is named $. So within the function, we can use the $ alias with no conflicts.

Naming conventions

Plug-in files should be named jquery.myPlugin.js, where myPlugin is the name of our plug-in. This allows jQuery plug-ins to be easily distinguished...