It says there that jQuery makes your life simpler, typing lesser code.
jQuery does abstract lots of cross-browser incompatibilities away from you (think event handlers and ajax), but as browsers are getting more and more standards compliant, a lot of this has become unnecessary.
My advice would be to start with plain JS, then start to learn jQuery once you have the basics under your belt.
One of my favourite sites currently: You Might Not Need jQuery
Woaah! This is amazing!
As a beginner, I really appreciate all your inputs here. Thanks for the advise, and every post is noted.
How about suggesting some books or other resources that might be helpful.
Well, I personally liked the Derek Banas video tutorials on either newthinktank.com or youtube.com. I found them easy to follow and learned a lot from them.
If you're after books in particular I am sure the helpful staff at Sitepoint can tell you what's available from this site.
Thanks a lot Kiwiheretic.
IThere are a few hundred examples on my JavasScript site (the red link in my sig below)
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