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I think I am about one week into learning jQuery now. From the perspective of a jQuery beginner, what I can glean from it is that the concept is simple yet it’s quite powerful. Basically, from what I have learned so far, I select something and then I manipulate it. Or I “listen” for an event and then do something. That’s about it.

Obviously, there is much more to it, but on the surface that really is about it, again, just from what I have learned in my one week of lessons.

The power comes from all the events and methods available for listening and manipulating! There is a lot of depth to the library and I can see how complex I could make it if I wanted or needed.

My first jQuery project that I worked on is a text analyzer. It grabs some input and then parses it and returns the total word count, unique word count, and the average length of each word. Here’s the GitHub link. Is that my first time sharing my work? I can’t remember. I would have to check my other entries…. but anyways, that was fun and I’m ready for more!

Last week, when I started learning jQuery for my first time I had a couple days where I was feeling extremely discouraged and I had a lot of doubtful thoughts creeping in. I was starting to think “how in the hell am I going to learn enough to actually land a job?” Then I stumbled onto a quote that picked me up:

The truth is we all get tired, we all get weary. In fact, if you never feel like giving up, then your dreams are too small. If you never feel like quitting, then you need to set some larger goals. When that pressure comes to get discouraged and to think about how you can’t take it anymore, that is completely normal. Every person feels that way at times.

— Joel Osteen

That quote made me feel so much better, the instant I read it. I lost a couple of productive days but I bounced back and I’m hitting jQuery hard today.

I’ll end with a couple links: