7 jQuery Code Snippets Every Web Developer Must Have

jQuery has extensively simplified the web developer's life and has become a leader in JavaScript libraries. There are many useful jQuery snippets available but in this article I am sharing 7 basic and widely used code snippets that every front-end web developer must have. Even for those new to jQuery can easily understand and benefit from these routinely used code snippets.

1. Print Page Option

Providing an option to print a page is a common task for web developers. The following is the available code:

<!-- jQuery: Print Page -->




           return false;


<!-- HTML: Print Page -->
        <a  class="printPage" href="#">Print</a>

2. Helping Input Field/Swap Input Field

In order to make an Input Text field helpful, we normally display some default text inside it (for example "Company Name") and when the user clicks on it, the text disappears and the user can enter the value for it.
You can try it yourself using the following code snippet.

<!-- jQuery: Helping Input Field -->


           var $this = $(this);

           var title = $this.attr('title');

           if($this.val() == title)




}).blur(function() {

           var $this = $(this);

           var title = $this.attr('title');

           if($this.val() == '')





<!-- HTML: Swap Input Field -->


       <input type="text" 


value="Company Name" 

title="Company Name" />


3. Select/Deselect All options

Selecting or deselecting all available checkbox options using a link on a HTML page is a common task.

<!-- jQuery: Select/Deselect All -->

$('.SelectAll').live('click', function(){

                $(this).closest('.divAll').find('input[type=checkbox]').attr('checked', true);

                return false;


$('.DeselectAll').live('click', function(){

              $(this).closest('.divAll').find('input[type=checkbox]').attr('checked', false);

              return false;


<!-- HTML: Select/Deselect All -->

<div class="divAll"> <a href="#" class="SelectAll">Select All</a>&nbsp; <a href="#" class="DeselectAll">Deselect All</a> <br /> <input type="checkbox" id="Lahore" /><label for="Lahore">Lahore</label> <input type="checkbox" id="Karachi" /><label for="Karachi">Karachi</label> <input type="checkbox" id="Islamabad" /><label for="Islamabad">Islamabad</label> </div>

4. Disabling Right-click

For web developers, it's common to disable right-click on certain pages so the following code will do that.

<!-- jQuery: Disabling Right Click -->




5. Identify which key is pressed

Sometimes, we need to validate the input value on a TextBox. For example, for "First Name" we might need to avoid numeric values. So we need to identify which key is pressed and then perform the action accordingly.

<!-- jQuery: Which key is Pressed. -->




<!-- HTML: Which key is Pressed. -->

<asp:TextBox ID="txtFirstName" runat="server"></asp:TextBox>

6. Validating an email

Validating an email address is a very common task on a HTML form
as in the following:


<!-- jQuery: Validating an email. -->

$('#txtEmail').blur(function(e) {

            var sEmail = $('#txtEmail').val();

            if ($.trim(sEmail).length == 0) {

                alert('Please enter valid email address');



            var filter = /^([\w-\.]+)@((\[[0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3}\.)|(([\w-]+\.)+))([a-zA-Z]


            if (filter.test(sEmail)) {

                alert('Valid Email');


            else {

                alert('Invalid Email');





<!-- HTML: Validating an email-->

<asp:TextBox id="txtEmail" runat="server" />

7. Limiting MaxLength for TextArea

Finally, it usual to put a textarea on a form and validate for the maximum number of characters in it.

<!-- jQuery: Limiting MaLength for TextArea -->

   var MaxLength = 500;



          if ($(this).val().length >= MaxLength) {




<!-- HTML: Limiting MaLength for TextArea-->

<asp:TextBox ID="txtDescription" runat="server" 

                         TextMode="MultiLine" Columns="50" Rows="5"></asp:TextBox>

This is my selection of jQuery code snippets but jQuery is a very powerful client-side framework and many more can be done using it.