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12-06-2010, 03:41 PM
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I guess my answer would be "it depends". What is your aim here?

If you want to learn JavaScript, then delve into the language by writing code from scratch and making effort to learn the language, its syntax and available features. If you want to learn jQuery, then delve into that by writing jQuery specific code, learning its syntax and available features.

There is no reason why you cannot do both, even at the same time! jQuery is just JavaScript, albeit written in a particular style which might not be used elsewhere. My only real piece of advise would to not become someone who "knows jQuery" to the exclusion of other JavaScript libraries and understanding the language itself.