The key features of jQuery include:
- Browser independence: jQuery is supported by most browsers.
- Simplified event handling model: The excellent, easy-to-use jQuery event handling model minimizes code and is consistent across all browsers. The event object is cross-browser and normalized, and one event object is always passed as a parameter to an event handler.
- Seamless extensibility: JQuery supports extensibility through an easy to use plugin API.
Getting Started with jQuery
To get started with jQuery, you should have the following installed in your system:
- Visual Studio 2008
- Visual Studio 2008 SP1
- jQuery Library
- Visual Studio 2008 jQuery Plug-in
Alternatively, you can acquire Visual Studio 2010, which comes with the jQuery library by default. To use jQuery, you can simply drag and drop the script onto your web form in the markup mode. Here's the markup code that is generated: