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Definition - What does jQuery mean?

jQuery is a concise and fast JavaScript library that can be used to simplify event handling, HTML document traversing, Ajax interactions and animation for speedy website development. jQuery simplifies the HTML's client-side scripting, thus simplifying Web 2.0 applications development.

jQuery is a free, open-source and dual-licensed library under the GNU General Public License. It is considered one of the favorite JavaScript (JS) libraries available today. As of 2012, it is used by more than half of the Web's top sites.

Techopedia explains jQuery

jQuery was introduced in January 2006 by John Resig at BarCamp NYC.

jQuery also offers functionality that allows developers to build plug-ins, in addition to the JavaScript library. This allows for the development of abstractions for animation and low-level interaction, sophisticated effects and themeable, high-level widgets. The modular mechanism of the jQuery library facilitates the development of highly effective, potent Web applications and Web pages.

The jQuery library provides several user friendly strategies and functions for rich application development. Because the functions of jQuery are simple, it is very popular among developers. jQuery may be used in all Web based applications, in spite of the technology. It may be used with ASP, PHP, JSP, CGI, Servlets and most Web programming languages.

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