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jQuery documentation and resources

One of the first things you might want to know when try out a new programming language, library or framework is where you can find documentation and support.

The excellent documentation is one of the things that first might attract you to jQuery, and with the release of 1.0 (they’re now at 1.2.6) the API is baked right into the uncompressed jQuery source code comments. As helpful as this is, however, there may be times when new jQuery users need even more help. So, here list of useful links to documentation, tutorials and other jQuery related resources.

jQuery documentation

The jQuery docs wiki has complete jQuery documentation.

API Reference

External API reference

  • The API page contains all of the jQuery methods at your disposal in an alphabetically paginated format
  • Visual jQuery: This site pulls from the same source source code comments, but displays the methods in a graphical manner. Many jQuery developers have made Visual jQuery their default reference destination.

jQuery UI Reference

jQuery Plugins

jQuery Tutorials

No matter how comfortable you feel doing the jQuery thing, sometimes you might just want to see how code is written from start to finish. That’s where the tutorials come in handy.

  • How jQuery works by John Resig.
    This tutorial steps you through launching code on document ready, making something happen on click, adding a class, creating special effects, and working with callbacks.
  • Getting Started with jQuery by Jörn Zaefferer.
    Goes through the basics of jQuery, all the way up to building plugins. Covers a simple “hello world” example, selector and event basics, AJAX, FX, and usage and authoring of plugins. Knowledge of JavaScript and the document object model (DOM) is required.
  • jQuery For Designers by Mark Panay.
    Examples of writing Unobtrusive JavaScript to add simple behavior to a web page.
  • Live Examples of jQuery by Cody Lindley.
    An interactive demonstration of the basics behind jQuery.


jQuery has an incredibly vibrant and generous developer community. To become a part of it you can:

You may want to search the mailing list archives at before posting a question.

If you have any additional resources that you’ve found particularly helpful in jQuery programming, please put them in a comment, and I’ll update the post accordingly.

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