Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Jquery $() factory function

Jquery is a powerful JavaScript library which simplifies HTML document traversing, event handling, animating, and Ajax interactions for rapid web development. jQuery can quickly find the matching elements in DOM using selectors.

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A lot of jQuery beginners may not get used to $() function in jQuery.

$() factory function ( the same as jQuery(), used in case of conflicting with other JavaScript functions) is used as a jQuery selector to  find out matching elements from a DOM based on a given variable, which can be:

1) tag name, for example  $("p") to get the object between <p> </p>
2) tag ID, for example $('#myid')  to select the element with ID myid, such as <p id="myid"> </p>
3) class, for example $('.myclass')  to select the element with class myclass, such as <p class="myclass"> </p>
4) Universal *, for example $(*) selects all elements in the document.
5) Combination, for example $(p > *)  selects all elements that are children of <p>; $("li > ul") selects all elements matched by <ul> that are children of  <li>.

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