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Do we still need JQuery? (Future cross browser standardization)

I'm taking the Javascript foundations course and I think this course may have been recorded a few years ago. I suspect this question may be a little naive, but, do we still need to learn JQuery?

I plan to learn node.js so will learning JQuery first be useful do you think?

2 Answers

Philip Cox
Philip Cox
14,818 Points

Unless all browsers decide to work together all of a sudden then yes I think Javascript libraries will be needed to combat cross browser issues, then again, writing vanilla Javascript is becoming more and more popular. That being said, being able to quickly manipulate the DOM for some quick animation and sliders is priceless.

I would say learning Node.js is completely different and jQuery will not help with this at all. Node is vanilla Javascript, a framework like Express will help you to build apps easier, but its still javascript. Think of jQuery as quick DOM manipulation, and Javascript for real programming, that is my opinion :)

All the best

Thanks Philip, that certainly sheds some light on things. Yes I've heard vanilla script being mentioned a few times. I'll look into this. Thanks again for your helpful answer, it's much appreciated :)

Philip Cox
Philip Cox
14,818 Points

You're very welcome.