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Store selectors in variable for later use (can prefix variables with $ to identify it as a jQuery collection) Use .length to check if something exists, but often times you don’t need to because jQuery operates on empty collections without throwing an error Avoid custom selectors (slow) and alternatives Selector methods like first, eq, and slice are better than pseudo selectors like :first

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