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Bootstrap vs jQuery: What are the differences?

Bootstrap: Simple and flexible HTML, CSS, and JS for popular UI components and interactions. Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web; jQuery: The Write Less, Do More, JavaScript Library. jQuery is a cross-platform JavaScript library designed to simplify the client-side scripting of HTML.

Bootstrap can be classified as a tool in the "Front-End Frameworks" category, while jQuery is grouped under "Javascript UI Libraries".

"Responsiveness", "UI components" and "Consistent" are the key factors why developers consider Bootstrap; whereas "Cross-browser", "Dom manipulation" and "Power" are the primary reasons why jQuery is favored.

Bootstrap and jQuery are both open source tools. It seems that Bootstrap with 134K GitHub stars and 66K forks on GitHub has more adoption than jQuery with 51.9K GitHub stars and 18.3K GitHub forks.

Spotify, Twitter, and Lyft are some of the popular companies that use Bootstrap, whereas jQuery is used by Uber Technologies, Twitter, and reddit. Bootstrap has a broader approval, being mentioned in 7044 company stacks & 1115 developers stacks; compared to jQuery, which is listed in 4052 company stacks and 2610 developer stacks.

What is Bootstrap?

Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web.

What is jQuery?

jQuery is a cross-platform JavaScript library designed to simplify the client-side scripting of HTML.
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Semantic UI
Semantic empowers designers and developers by creating a shared vocabulary for UI.
Material
Express your creativity with Material, an animation and graphics framework for Google's Material Design and Apple's Flat UI in Swift.
React
Lots of people use React as the V in MVC. Since React makes no assumptions about the rest of your technology stack, it's easy to try it out on a small feature in an existing project.
Foundation
Foundation is the most advanced responsive front-end framework in the world. You can quickly prototype and build sites or apps that work on any kind of device with Foundation, which includes layout constructs (like a fully responsive grid), elements and best practices.
Material Design
Material Design is a unified system that combines theory, resources, and tools for crafting digital experiences.
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StackShare Editors
StackShare Editors
Angular
Angular
jQuery
jQuery
Ruby
Ruby
React
React
Redux
Redux
Rails
Rails

Late in 2014, around the time of the Series D, the WeWork engineering team had grown to 14, and while the backend was modernized with Rails and Active Admin CMS, the main website was lacking. The new headcount provided enough capacity to address the aging WordPress website.

As the team experimented with front-end technologies, they implemented a new signup flow with Angular, and other flows, including the Market Page, in React and Redux. The team says of that time: “If you’re following closely, yes, this means that in one rails app we had pages that included one or many of the following: jQuery, Angular, and React.”

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StackShare Editors
StackShare Editors
Angular
Angular
jQuery
jQuery
Objective-C
Objective-C
Swift
Swift
Go
Go
Ruby
Ruby
Java
Java
React
React
Python
Python
Node.js
Node.js
Rails
Rails

By mid-2015, around the time of the Series E, the Digital department at WeWork had grown to more than 40 people to support the company’s growing product needs.

By then, they’d migrated the main website off of WordPress to Ruby on Rails, and a combination React, Angular, and jQuery, though there were efforts to move entirely to React for the front-end.

The backend was structured around a microservices architecture built partially in Node.js, along with a combination of Ruby, Python, Bash, and Go. Swift/Objective-C and Java powered the mobile apps.

These technologies power the listings on the website, as well as various internal tools, like community manager dashboards as well as RFID hardware for access management.

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Kir Shatrov
Kir Shatrov
Production Engineer at Shopify · | 18 upvotes · 127.1K views
atShopifyShopify
Prototype
Prototype
TypeScript
TypeScript
React
React
JavaScript
JavaScript
jQuery
jQuery
#Languages
#FrameworksFullStack

The client-side stack of Shopify Admin has been a long journey. It started with HTML templates, jQuery and Prototype. We moved to Batman.js, our in-house Single-Page-Application framework (SPA), in 2013. Then, we re-evaluated our approach and moved back to statically rendered HTML and vanilla JavaScript. As the front-end ecosystem matured, we felt that it was time to rethink our approach again. Last year, we started working on moving Shopify Admin to React and TypeScript.

Many things have changed since the days of jQuery and Batman. JavaScript execution is much faster. We can easily render our apps on the server to do less work on the client, and the resources and tooling for developers are substantially better with React than we ever had with Batman.

#FrameworksFullStack #Languages

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Dan Robinson
Dan Robinson
at Heap, Inc. · | 18 upvotes · 99K views
atHeapHeap
MobX
MobX
React
React
TypeScript
TypeScript
Marionette
Marionette
Backbone.js
Backbone.js
jQuery
jQuery
#TemplatingLanguagesExtensions
#JavascriptMvcFrameworks
#Libraries
#JavascriptUiLibraries

The front end for Heap begun to grow unwieldy. The original jQuery pieces became difficult to maintain and scale, and a decision was made to introduce Backbone.js, Marionette, and TypeScript. Ultimately this ended up being a “detour” in the search for a scalable and maintainable front-end solution. The system did allow for developers to reuse components efficiently, but adding features was a difficult process, and it eventually became a bottleneck in advancing the product.

Today, the Heap product consists primarily of a customer-facing dashboard powered by React, MobX, and TypeScript on the front end. We wrote our migration to React and MobX in detail last year here.

#JavascriptUiLibraries #Libraries #JavascriptMvcFrameworks #TemplatingLanguagesExtensions

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Yarn
Yarn
Redux
Redux
React
React
jQuery
jQuery
vuex
vuex
Vue.js
Vue.js
MongoDB
MongoDB
Redis
Redis
PostgreSQL
PostgreSQL
Sidekiq
Sidekiq
Rails
Rails
#Font-awesome
#Bulma.io

I'm building a new process management tool. I decided to build with Rails as my backend, using Sidekiq for background jobs. I chose to work with these tools because I've worked with them before and know that they're able to get the job done. They may not be the sexiest tools, but they work and are reliable, which is what I was optimizing for. For data stores, I opted for PostgreSQL and Redis. Because I'm planning on offering dashboards, I wanted a SQL database instead of something like MongoDB that might work early on, but be difficult to use as soon as I want to facilitate aggregate queries.

On the front-end I'm using Vue.js and vuex in combination with #Turbolinks. In effect, I want to render most pages on the server side without key interactions being managed by Vue.js . This is the first project I'm working on where I've explicitly decided not to include jQuery . I have found React and Redux.js more confusing to setup. I appreciate the opinionated approach from the Vue.js community and that things just work together the way that I'd expect. To manage my javascript dependencies, I'm using Yarn .

For CSS frameworks, I'm using #Bulma.io. I really appreciate it's minimal nature and that there are no hard javascript dependencies. And to add a little spice, I'm using #font-awesome.

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Pēteris Caune
Pēteris Caune
| 9 upvotes · 59.4K views
atSIA Monkey See Monkey DoSIA Monkey See Monkey Do
jQuery
jQuery
Bootstrap
Bootstrap
PostgreSQL
PostgreSQL
Django
Django
Python
Python

Python Django PostgreSQL Bootstrap jQuery

Healthchecks.io is a SaaS cron monitoring service. I needed a tool to monitor my cron jobs. I was not happy with the existing options, so I wrote one. The initial goal was to get to a MVP state, and use it myself. The followup goals were to add functionality and polish the user interface, while keeping the UI and the under the hood stuff as simple and clean as possible.

Python and DJango were obvious choices as I was already familiar with them, and knew that many of Django's built-in features would come handy in this project: ORM, testing infrastructure, user authentication, templates, form handling.

On the UI side, instead of doing the trendy "React JS app talking to API endpoints" thing, I went with the traditional HTML forms, and full page reloads. I was aiming for the max simplicity. Paraphrasing Kevin from The Office, why waste time write lot JS when form submit do trick. The frontend does however use some JS, for example, to support live-updating dashboards.

The backend is also aiming for max simplicity, and I've tried to keep the number of components to the minimum. For example, a message broker or a key-value store could be handy, but so far I'm getting away with storing everything in the Postgres database.

The deployment and hosting setup is also rather primitive by today's standards. uWSGI runs the Django app, with a nginx reverse proxy in front. uWSGI and nginx are run as systemd services on bare metal servers. Traffic is proxied through Cloudflare Load Balancer, which allows for relatively easy rolling code upgrades. I use Fabric for automating server maintenance. I did use Ansible for a while but moved back to Fabric: my Ansible playbooks were slower, and I could not get used to mixing YAML and Jinja templating.

Healthchecks.io tech decisions in one word: KISS. Use boring tools that get the job done.

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Koa
Koa
React Router
React Router
Foundation
Foundation
Semantic UI
Semantic UI
Bootstrap
Bootstrap
PostCSS
PostCSS
Less
Less
Sass
Sass
styled-components
styled-components
React Helmet
React Helmet
Webpack
Webpack
TypeScript
TypeScript
JavaScript
JavaScript
Apollo
Apollo
GraphQL
GraphQL
React
React
#JSX
#React.
#Css
#StyledComponents.
#Async
#HTML
#GraphQL
#Apollo

ReactQL is a React + GraphQL front-end starter kit. #JSX is a natural way to think about building UI, and it renders to pure #HTML in the browser and on the server, making it trivial to build server-rendered Single Page Apps. GraphQL via Apollo was chosen for the data layer; #GraphQL makes it simple to request just the data your app needs, and #Apollo takes care of communicating with your API (written in any language; doesn't have to be JavaScript!), caching, and rendering to #React.

ReactQL is written in TypeScript to provide full types/Intellisense, and pick up hard-to-diagnose goofs that might later show up at runtime. React makes heavy use of Webpack 4 to handle transforming your code to an optimised client-side bundle, and in throws back just enough code needed for the initial render, while seamlessly handling import statements asynchronously as needed, making the payload your user downloads ultimately much smaller than trying to do it by hand.

React Helmet was chosen to handle <head> content, because it works universally, making it easy to throw back the correct <title> and other tags on the initial render, as well as inject new tags for subsequent client-side views.

styled-components, Sass, Less and PostCSS were added to give developers a choice of whether to build styles purely in React / JavaScript, or whether to defer to a #css #preprocessor. This is especially useful for interop with UI frameworks like Bootstrap, Semantic UI, Foundation, etc - ReactQL lets you mix and match #css and renders to both a static .css file during bundling as well as generates per-page <style> tags when using #StyledComponents.

React Router handles routing, because it works both on the server and in the client. ReactQL customises it further by capturing non-200 responses on the server, redirecting or throwing back custom 404 pages as needed.

Koa is the web server that handles all incoming HTTP requests, because it's fast (TTFB < 5ms, even after fully rendering React), and its natively #async, making it easy to async/await inside routes and middleware.

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Johnny Bell
Johnny Bell
Senior Software Engineer at StackShare · | 9 upvotes · 111.5K views
atStackShareStackShare
Apollo
Apollo
GraphQL
GraphQL
MobX
MobX
JavaScript
JavaScript
ES6
ES6
React
React
jQuery
jQuery
#Context
#Hooks🎣

We are always building new features and replacing old code at StackShare. Lately we have been building out new features for the frontend, and removing a lot of old jQuery code (sorry jQuery but it's time to go).

We've mainly been using React, ES6 and JavaScript on the frontend to build out the components, and we've been slowly removing some legacy MobX and using GraphQL and Apollo for our state management, if we need to control state further than GraphQL and Apollo allows us to we use just plain React with #context , or the new fancy React #hooks🎣 .

As we've moved towards the above tech, its really made smashing out new features and updating legacy code super fast, and really fun!

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Justin Dorfman
Justin Dorfman
Developer Evangelist at StackShare · | 4 upvotes · 21.4K views
Fastly
Fastly
Grunt
Grunt
jQuery
jQuery
Bootstrap
Bootstrap
Jekyll
Jekyll
Let's Encrypt
Let's Encrypt
Netlify
Netlify
GitHub Pages
GitHub Pages
MaxCDN
MaxCDN
#Webperf
#StaticSiteGenerators
#GoogleFonts
#CDN

When my SSL cert MaxCDN was expiring on my personal site I decided it was a good time to revamp some things. Since GitHub Services is depreciated I can no longer have #CDN cache purges automated among other things. So I decided on the following: GitHub Pages, Netlify, Let's Encrypt and Jekyll. Staying the same was Bootstrap, jQuery, Grunt & #GoogleFonts.

What's awesome about GitHub Pages is that it has a #CDN (Fastly) built-in and anytime you push to master, it purges the cache instantaneously without you have to do anything special. Netlify is magic, I highly recommend it to anyone using #StaticSiteGenerators.

For the most part, everything went smoothly. The only things I had issues with were the following:

  • If you want to point www to GitHub Pages you need to rename the repo to www
  • If you edit something in the _config.yml you need to restart bundle exec jekyll s or changes won't show
  • I had to disable the Grunt htmlmin module. I replaced it with Jekyll layout that compresses HTML for #webperf

Last but certainly not least, I made a donation to Let's Encrypt. If you use their service consider doing it too: https://letsencrypt.org/donate/

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Ganesa Vijayakumar
Ganesa Vijayakumar
Full Stack Coder | Module Lead · | 15 upvotes · 301.1K views
SonarQube
SonarQube
Codacy
Codacy
Docker
Docker
Git
Git
Apache Maven
Apache Maven
Amazon EC2 Container Service
Amazon EC2 Container Service
Microsoft Azure
Microsoft Azure
Amazon Route 53
Amazon Route 53
Elasticsearch
Elasticsearch
Solr
Solr
Amazon RDS
Amazon RDS
Amazon S3
Amazon S3
Heroku
Heroku
Hibernate
Hibernate
MySQL
MySQL
Node.js
Node.js
Java
Java
Bootstrap
Bootstrap
jQuery Mobile
jQuery Mobile
jQuery UI
jQuery UI
jQuery
jQuery
JavaScript
JavaScript
React Native
React Native
React Router
React Router
React
React

I'm planning to create a web application and also a mobile application to provide a very good shopping experience to the end customers. Shortly, my application will be aggregate the product details from difference sources and giving a clear picture to the user that when and where to buy that product with best in Quality and cost.

I have planned to develop this in many milestones for adding N number of features and I have picked my first part to complete the core part (aggregate the product details from different sources).

As per my work experience and knowledge, I have chosen the followings stacks to this mission.

UI: I would like to develop this application using React, React Router and React Native since I'm a little bit familiar on this and also most importantly these will help on developing both web and mobile apps. In addition, I'm gonna use the stacks JavaScript, jQuery, jQuery UI, jQuery Mobile, Bootstrap wherever required.

Service: I have planned to use Java as the main business layer language as I have 7+ years of experience on this I believe I can do better work using Java than other languages. In addition, I'm thinking to use the stacks Node.js.

Database and ORM: I'm gonna pick MySQL as DB and Hibernate as ORM since I have a piece of good knowledge and also work experience on this combination.

Search Engine: I need to deal with a large amount of product data and it's in-detailed info to provide enough details to end user at the same time I need to focus on the performance area too. so I have decided to use Solr as a search engine for product search and suggestions. In addition, I'm thinking to replace Solr by Elasticsearch once explored/reviewed enough about Elasticsearch.

Host: As of now, my plan to complete the application with decent features first and deploy it in a free hosting environment like Docker and Heroku and then once it is stable then I have planned to use the AWS products Amazon S3, EC2, Amazon RDS and Amazon Route 53. I'm not sure about Microsoft Azure that what is the specialty in it than Heroku and Amazon EC2 Container Service. Anyhow, I will do explore these once again and pick the best suite one for my requirement once I reached this level.

Build and Repositories: I have decided to choose Apache Maven and Git as these are my favorites and also so popular on respectively build and repositories.

Additional Utilities :) - I would like to choose Codacy for code review as their Startup plan will be very helpful to this application. I'm already experienced with Google CheckStyle and SonarQube even I'm looking something on Codacy.

Happy Coding! Suggestions are welcome! :)

Thanks, Ganesa

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Justin Welter
Justin Welter
jQuery
jQuery

I use jQuery because like other frameworks/libraries it handles significant amounts of boilerplate and heavy lifting compared to crafting your own UI tooling. Certainly more modern options such as Angular/Vue/React overcome some of the challenges in large jQuery based applications, but if you just need some straightforward DOM manipulation on a small scope, why not jQuery?

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jQuery
jQuery
JavaScript
JavaScript

"Do you recommend using jQuery, vanilla JavaScript or some combination of them, and in what situation do each of those make sense?"

If jQuery or vanilla are the only two options available, then use the library that's available when its features will avoid having to reinvent wheels. Look at what jQuery offers, and look at the things you want to do. If a handmade solution doesn't require a lot of extra effort, then don't bother.

But the correct answer is NONE OF THE ABOVE. There are a LOT of other options. https://www.google.com/search?q=top+javascript+frameworks&tbs=qdr:m Use a tool that makes sense for the goals of your project. Will it save you effort? Will it make the code more maintainable? There is no one perfect answer.

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Pedro Arnal Puente
Pedro Arnal Puente
CTO at La Cupula Music SL · | 8 upvotes · 10.7K views
atLa Cupula Music SLLa Cupula Music SL
JavaScript
JavaScript
ES6
ES6
Babel
Babel
ESLint
ESLint
Webpack
Webpack
Vue.js
Vue.js
jQuery UI
jQuery UI
jQuery
jQuery

We are phasing out jQuery and jQuery UI in favour or Vue.js and @Vue-cli so we can support building a modern, well-architectured frontend.

The JavaScript build pipeline is supported by Webpack , and includes tools like ESLint and Babel , so we can properly support the latest ES/JS versions, with ES6 as the minimum baseline.

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Tassanai Singprom
Tassanai Singprom
Slack
Slack
BrowserStack
BrowserStack
Sentry
Sentry
Kibana
Kibana
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
npm
npm
GitLab
GitLab
GitHub
GitHub
Git
Git
Elasticsearch
Elasticsearch
Postman
Postman
Google Analytics
Google Analytics
MariaDB
MariaDB
GraphQL
GraphQL
Amazon RDS
Amazon RDS
Lumen
Lumen
Laravel
Laravel
Firebase
Firebase
Vue.js
Vue.js
Sass
Sass
Ubuntu
Ubuntu
Amazon EC2
Amazon EC2
Redis
Redis
jQuery
jQuery
HTML5
HTML5
PHP
PHP
JavaScript
JavaScript

This is my stack in Application & Data

JavaScript PHP HTML5 jQuery Redis Amazon EC2 Ubuntu Sass Vue.js Firebase Laravel Lumen Amazon RDS GraphQL MariaDB

My Utilities Tools

Google Analytics Postman Elasticsearch

My Devops Tools

Git GitHub GitLab npm Visual Studio Code Kibana Sentry BrowserStack

My Business Tools

Slack

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Reviews of Bootstrap and jQuery
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pm at 36kr
Review ofBootstrapBootstrap

我们团队一直在使用bootstrap,非常简单易用,并且有帮助。支持也很到位,很喜欢!用了4年的时间,会持续的用下去,加油!!Bootstrap!!!

Review ofBootstrapBootstrap

We have been using it for the past 3 years and have no complaints

Review ofBootstrapBootstrap

Good service with a good price, worth the money.

How developers use Bootstrap and jQuery
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StackShare uses BootstrapBootstrap

Leanstack was on Bootstrap 2. Chose this because it is wildly popular, so it’s active, has been used a lot in production, and has a ton of features. Anything you need to do from a UI perspective, there’s likely a plugin for it already part of the library. Haven’t tried the others, but we're happy with BS.

For StackShare, we upgraded to Bootstrap 3. I don’t like that they changed the name of columns, essentially breaking the grid layout for Bootstrap 2 and below, so that was a real pain to update. I hope they don’t do that again. Once we have more bandwidth, we’re totally going to decouple our markup from Bootstrap.

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shridhardalavi uses BootstrapBootstrap

Bootstrap is a framework to help you design websites faster and easier. It includes HTML and CSS based design templates for typography, forms, buttons, tables, navigation, modals, image carousels, etc. It also gives you support for JavaScript plugins. Bootstrap's responsive CSS adjusts to phones, tablets, and desktops Bootstrap is compatible with all modern browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Opera)

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Andrew Gatenby uses jQueryjQuery

jQuery has been the basis of our front end JS for a number of years. The key part for us was that the amount of code saved by using jQuery methods, as opposed to writing out cross-browser compatible alternatives made it a no brainer. In recent years we've had to be clever in how we deliver jQuery on the websites, to ensure it's not render blocking and improve client-side performance but it's still a vital library.

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Ana Phi Sancho uses jQueryjQuery

In process of Learning Technics. Cross-browser Compatibility: handles a lot of infuriating cross-browser issues . used to make some widgets and effects: jQuery plugin repository.

jQuery allows to easily do DOM scripting (i.e. HTML elements manipulation and event handling). using jquery under MVC webapps. Studing to know more

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CloudRepo uses BootstrapBootstrap

We started with a bootstrap based template and then completely rewrote it due to poor design of the template. Using boostrap properly was a great experience - once you learn it and use it properly, it's simple to use and very good at being responsive and adapting to the various screen view.

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Perljobs.Ru uses BootstrapBootstrap

I simply bought a "job board" template for the website, which is written using Bootstrap 2. I'm hoping to upgrade the site to Boostrap 3 when I'll have a time.

Я просто купил шаблон для доски вакансий, написанный на Boostrap 2. Когда будет время перепишу все на Bootstrap 3.

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Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) uses jQueryjQuery

jQuery is only used in small amounts, primarily for animations and UIs, but it is included in the WSC, so we felt like not including it here would be kind of cheating. jQuery also almost makes ajax-requests a pleasure to work with, so ... you got that point, jQuery.

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Ujjwal Bhujel uses BootstrapBootstrap

With the advancement in CSS, Bootstrap is creating new milestones when it comes to minimising our CSS codes. So elegant and beautiful yet easy and convenient to use once you go through all the classes and its elements. In addition, its JS function is impressive too.

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Lawrence Cheuk uses jQueryjQuery

I don't use javascript, I use jquery....well I know it does not make sense, but I just want to stress how important it is. let's rephase it: whenever I use javascript, I use jquery. when you look at any js file of mine, 90% is jqery api.

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Tarun Singh uses jQueryjQuery

Used jQuery for dom manipulations. Another great feature used was its deferred() function with promise to avoid callback hell.

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