22 brilliant jQuery plugins

jQuery plugins
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Tens of thousands of jQuery plugins have been written for the jQuery library, and they can save a lot of time and effort when it comes to adding functionality to websites. Created in 2006 by John Resig, the jQuery library is one of the most popular JavaScript libraries and a fantastic resource for quickly developing user interactions. 

From image galleries or forms to content-revealing CSS animation or an explosion effect, the library provides the core building blocks so that you can rapidly prototype and deliver a unique user interface with minimum code and effort. However, there's no need to reinvent the wheel every time you want to create a bit of common functionality. Using jQuery plugins can save you even more time and effort, and many of them are free.

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