Started using jQuery yesterday, just starting to get into it, but so far I’m liking it. It’s a Javascript library that has a bunch of predefined functions and structures set up to make it quicker to write stuff. There’s also a UI component to make it easy to do stuff like dialog boxes and such.

Nice to be able to write something quickly and have it work in all browsers.

Here’s my first test, a simple box with a slide animation between 4 boxes of content when you click buttons.

For some reason it has a slight tearing happening during the animation in FireFox on Windows, but looks good on every other browser (even FireFox on Mac). It only does that for the 1/5 of a second during the transition animation, so I guess I can live with it.

I could do the same thing without the animation pretty easily with basic Javascript, but jQuery’s animation makes it look that much slicker. I’m also starting to do some drag and drop tests with jQuery UI which I may use in a project at work.