I need the straight dope on jQuery

I really like how tiny the library is. It is nice that I can use selectors to find nodes; for example, $(“li a”) will find all the anchors inside list elements. Furthermore, it seems really well documented. There’s not just one, but several real books all about jQuery available on amazon.

So, what am I overlooking? What’s the terrible secret of jQuery?

3 thoughts on “I need the straight dope on jQuery

  1. The secret is that there is no secret. You got it – great documentation, great size, several books, tons of resources, loads of plugins, etc.

    I tried a few libraries – prototype, mootools, YUI, rico, dojo – finally, the last one on the list was something called jQuery. I had never heard of it before, but I gave it a shot Boy was I glad that I did.

    They are all great libraries, but jQuery was the one for me. The elegant code was the winning feature.

  2. Heh, I’ve been wondering the same thing. The best “catch” I’ve found so far is that the actual code of the library can be pretty disconcerting to dive into… it’s not your typical javascript. Admittedly, much of what is done there, caching and various optimizations, is what makes it so good… but I imagine that’s a downside when you encounter a non-obvious bug with the core.

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