This library holds most of its power in it’s CSS integration. You can add classes, remove classes, animate elements, hide elements, etc. The list goes on and on. You can select elements solely if they share a parent element which really pays off when you’re working with an odd HTML scenario.
Wonder what that looks like when you put it into action?
Any time you’ve ever seen a “back to top” button on a website, that could be achieved with a couple lines of jQuery.
Check out Vital Design’s website, hover over “What We Do” or “The Alley Blog” in their menu. jQuery’s .slideDown and .slideUp and the CSS display:none is all that it takes for that beautiful animation to take place.
Or on Genius Switch Studio’s website, when you hover over one of their portfolio pieces and the image is lifted, it’s because of a couple of lines that tell the image to reposition when hovered over.
This library holds it’s power in it’s simplicity. Designers can spend more time thinking about how we can improve things if we spend less time sitting there trying to figure out how to accomplish the previous task. Simplicity is where the future of modern web lies.