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If not for jQuery, I'd have probably never learned Javascript, because I would have gotten frustrated with dealing with weird cross-browser gotchas too much to ever get anything done.

As I learned I wrote a lot of code I'm not too proud of, looking back on it. But I grew to learn and love Javascript and I honestly have jQuery to thank for that.

Writing code you aren't proud of is step one towards writing code you are proud of.

Of course the problem with that is the code you ARE proud of rapidly becomes the kind you aren't proud of as you learn more.

We have a similar saying at the office. "Every programmer hates every other programmer's code. Given enough time, they'll eventually hate their own code."

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