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Set up jQuery development environment – Learn jQuery

setting up jquery development environment

Welcome to the second article in the series, Learn jQuery. Using jQuery in web pages is extremely simple but when it comes to debugging our code, we should have proper tools.

Fortunately, we only require a web browser that is good for development and a code editor.

For web browser, we will be using Firefox Developer Edition and for writing code, we will be using Visual Studio Code.

Install Firefox Developer Edition

The firefox comes pre-installed with almost all Linux distributions lacks features for web developers. For developers, Firefox has built a separate version packed with all the tools necessary for development.

As far as I know, Firefox developer edition is not pre-installed on any major Linux distribution nor it’s available in the repositories. You can check your system’s repository for the packages. We can install it directly from the official website.

Download Firefox from the official website

If Firefox developer edition is not available in the repo, then we can download Firefox from the official website.

It will download a tar.bz2 file.

Note

For Windows or Mac, download the installer from the official website by clicking the above button.

After downloading tar.bz2 file, uncompress it using GUI tool or from the command line.

Make sure you’re in the directory where you downloaded the file and run the following command to extract content from it –

tar xjf firefox-76.0b6.tar.bz2
Firefox
Firefox

It will extract firefox directory. Now open the file manager and move firefox directory on the desktop or anywhere you find it easily accessible. Open the directory and double-click firefox. It will open up the firefox developer browser.

Create Firefox launcher

You can also create a launcher or shortcut on your desktop. In Cinnamon or Gnome, launcher can be easily created to access the application quickly. If you are using any other desktop environment, you can create a launcher, just google for instructions on creating a launcher in your specific desktop environment.

Just right-click the desktop and click ‘Create a new launcher here‘.

Linux Mint create firefox launcher
Linux Mint create firefox launcher

It will open up a dialogue box. Enter the name that you want to appear in the app menu, browse the Firefox file that we ran above, and finally enter any comment (optional).

Create firefox developer edition launcher
Create firefox developer edition launcher

Click ‘Ok’ and it will ask if you want this launcher to show up in the application menu. Click ‘Yes’.

Create Firefox launcher
Create Firefox launcher

Now you can launch Firefox developer edition from the system app menu or desktop shortcut.

Once done, just open the app and you’re done. We are now ready to practice jQuery in Firefox.

Firefox developer edition
Firefox developer edition

Firefox developer edition has a lot of useful tools for web development. For our purpose, we will only be using a few tools including Inspector, console, network, and a few others. All other tools will come handy later when building a note-taking and a weather report web application.

Install Visual Studio Code in Linux

There are different code editors to choose from. I have already compiled a list of 8 Best code editors for Linux. Check it out here. For this series, I will be using Visual Studio Code. It is a great code editor and will be included in the list pretty soon. It has a ton of features including autocomplete, code suggestions, extensions, built-in terminal, and many more.

Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code

To install Visual studio code, you can fire up your software installer and search “visual studio code”. If your Linux distribution does not have visual studio in the repository, head over to the official website and download it from there.

So this is it for this article. Throughout our series, we will be using Visual studio code and Firefox developer edition for writing and testing our jQuery code. In the next article, we will learn to include jQuery in our web pages and write our first jQuery code.

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