The comments on terse code refer to what I have to write. As far as how many machine instructions are taking place to carry that out, well, if it's few enough to result in responsiveness that is good enough for your needs, then who cares. The idea is not necessarily shrinking the entire piece of code, it's shrinking the code I have to write. Then, of course, there's the community you get to talk and exchange code with.
Perhaps I didn't understand your comments. Where is the illusion part? What you talkin' 'bout, Willis?
The core of JQuery is actually quite small. JQuery UI and the many plug-ins that people have contributed may be where all that code you're referring to resides, and it is totally reasonable that one would not use some of those widgets, even recreating the wheel on ocassion. It's the core, the essence of JQ, the part that lays out the basic core architecture that your project will be built upon that I'm interested in (that and ongoing browser independence).
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