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Getting started

Para usar JQuery, você precisa inclui-lo nas paginas onde você deseja aproveita-lo. Você pode fazer isso fazendo o download do JQuery direto do website deles no endereço: Geralmente existe uma escolha entre Produção (versão comprimida) e Desenvolvimento (Versão não comprimida). Para aprendizado recomendamos a versão de Desenvolvimento.

Once the jQuery JavaScript file has been downloaded, you will have to reference it on your pages, using the <script> HTML tag. The easiest way is to place the downloaded jquery.js file in the same directory as the page from where you wish to use it and then reference it like this, in the <head> section of your document:

<script type="text/javascript" src="jquery-3.3.1.js"></script>

A part of your page should now look something like this:

<title>jQuery test</title>    
<script type="text/javascript" src="jquery-3.3.1.js"></script>    

A more modern approach, instead of downloading and hosting jQuery yourself, is to include it from a CDN (Content Delivery Network). There are many CDN's out there, including ones from Google and Microsoft, who are hosting several different versions of jQuery and other JavaScript frameworks. It saves you from having to download and store the jQuery framework, but it has a much bigger advantage: Because the file comes from a common URL that other websites may use as well, chances are that when people reaches your website and their browser requests the jQuery framework, it may already be in the cache, because another website is using the exact same version and file. Besides that, most CDN's will make sure that once a user requests a file from it, it's served from the server closest to them, so your European users won't have to get the file all the way from the US and so on.

You can use jQuery from a CDN just like you would do with the downloaded version, only the URL changes. For instance, to include jQuery 3.3.1 from Google, you would write the following:

<script src=""></script>

I suggest that you use this approach, unless you have a specific reason for hosting jQuery yourself. Here is a link to the jQuery CDN information from Google:

Google jQuery CDN

Here's the information about using jQuery from a CDN from the official jQuery website:


Using jQuery can be accomplished by downloading the library or adding a reference to it on one of the many CDNs. Either way, you will usually get the choice between an uncompressed developer version and a compressed production version. For development and testing, use the uncompressed version to get more precise errors and understanding of the library. For production, you should use the compressed version to save bandwidth for your end-users, which will also result in faster load times for your website.

As soon as you have added jQuery to your page, as described above, you are ready to move on and learn more about jQuery in the coming chapters!

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