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jQuery-free JavaScript

Elijah Manor (LeanKit)
Front End Libraries
Location: Salon 9 Level: Intermediate
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Many of us started using jQuery because it ironed out many cross-browser issues, it was easy to use, and had a consistent API. However, web browsers these days continue to get better and are following web standards much more closely. Do we still need jQuery? Has it become a crutch? Can we get away with dropping jQuery as a dependency and use native browser APIs instead? In this session we will explain when it is appropriate to use jQuery and when you might be able to go without it. If you do need jQuery then we will look at how you can make a custom build that only includes the parts you need. For the majority of this session we will be looking at common jQuery snippets and show how to convert them either using native browser APIs or utilizing popular micro-libraries.

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Elijah Manor


Elijah Manor is a Christian and a family man. He works at The Lampo Group (Dave Ramsey) as a front-end web developer. He is a Microsoft Regional Director, Microsoft ASP.NET MVP, ASPInsider, IE userAgent, and a Pluralsight author. He enjoys blogging at and tweeting (@elijahmanor) about the things he learns.