jQuery's API really lends itself to developer productivity. In the past year I've moved away from using jQuery on small projects because I don't want to load the extra kilobytes, but I don't think I would have made it through my first year of programming without being able to leverage how simple jQuery makes interactivity.
I hope that more developers recognize how much power it gives beginner developers before they shun the library in favor of tools like React and Vue. Both of those tools come with a fair share of SEO problems, and client-side rendering can kill performance on slow connections and inexpensive phones. jQuery largely doesn't have these problems.
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