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Are jQuery scripts really faster than JavaScript?

M Mohile
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Joined: Sep 22, 2012
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Hi Everybody,
I have worked on JavaScript but completely new to jQuery. What I get is (correct me if I'm wrong) jQuery is a library built using JavaScript. But I've seen blogs saying jQuery scripts are actually alot faster than JavaScript without any proper explanation. What I don't get is if JavaScript is the driver at the back-end for jQuery to work, how can jQuery be faster than JavaScript. In fact, I've developed an application using JavaScript which took the same time (yeah, there might be a difference in a few milli-seconds but who notices that?) when coded using jQuery by a fellow jQuery developer.
Please help me explain that if the above sentence holds true or its just a myth??
Rob Crowther
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Where are these blog posts?


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M Mohile
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Not on codeRanch or else I would have asked it there itself..
Bear Bibeault
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The only interpretation I can come up with that makes sense is that the jQuery code is highly optimized and using it is likely to end up with faster code than if one tried to write the algorithms themselves.


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M Mohile
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So it does mean that the above statement is not a myth...which might help in huge applications. Fellow-Ranchers, I'm eager to hear a better explanation/opinion on this...
Bear Bibeault
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It's either as I said or a myth. Certainly a library in any language cannot make that language run faster; it can only use the language efficiently.
 
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