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jQuery is a fast and concise, cross browser JavaScript Library that simplifies HTML document traversing, event handling, animating, and Ajax for rapid web development.

Benefits of jQuery

  1. Cross Browser - jQuery is designed to work on all modern browsers, which eliminates the need to create extra code and hacks for different browsers.
  2. Concise - jQuery will cut your JavaScript code to a fraction.
  3. Eclectic Plug in Library - jQuery is one of the most popular JavaScript frameworks and has perhaps the largest plug in in library.
  4. Lightweight - jQuery leaves a small footprint compared to the functionality it adds, jQuery is also available via CDN from companies such as Google (http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.4.2/jquery.min.js) and Microsoft (http://ajax.microsoft.com/ajax/jquery/jquery-1.4.2.js)