The JQuery is one of these frameworks. It was released in mid of 2006 (yeah, it’s been a while), with the purpose of facilitating the life of companies (lowering the costs and time for development) and especially the lives of programmers, who now have a robust framework that is both simple and easy to access. The goal was mainly to create a fast tool that facilitated the manipulation of DOM, events, animations, asynchronous calls and, of course, that works cross-browsers.
With time, JQuery was giving space to new frameworks such as Vue.js, React, Angular and specialized libraries like Axios, GreenSock, UnderscoreJS, etc. Nowadays it is very common to find small projects using specialize libraries instead of a package containing a large number of features. After all, is better to add a 14kb library rather a 200kb framework.
SO, is learning JQuery still a thing? Well, in my opinion, yes. Because of its popularity, a lot (and I mean it, a LOT) of applications and websites we have today are developed using this library. In that case, if we were to make some changes or create new features (of course, using the product’s patterns) or even migrate to a new platform, the chances of coming across this framework are very large. Not to mention the vast quantity of code available using JQuery we find when to search something in sites like StackOverflow.
About the author
Steban Domingues is a Software Engineer at Poatek.