cached jquery selector vs. jquery plugin

JavaScript performance comparison

Test case created by Lars

Preparation code

<script src=""></script>

<div id="js-foobar">

Preparation code output

<div id="js-foobar"> <span>lall</span> <span>lall</span> <span>lall</span> <span>lall</span> <span>lall</span> <span>lall</span> </div>

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Testing in CCBot 2.0.0 / Other 0.0.0
Test Ops/sec
$myElement = $('#fs-foobar');
$myElement.find('span').css('color', 'green');
jQuery - Plugin
 *  jquery-boilerplate - v3.4.0
 *  A jump-start for jQuery plugins development.
 *  Made by Zeno Rocha
 *  Under MIT License

// the semi-colon before function invocation is a safety net against concatenated
// scripts and/or other plugins which may not be closed properly.
;(function ( $, window, document, undefined ) {

	"use strict";

		// undefined is used here as the undefined global variable in ECMAScript 3 is
		// mutable (ie. it can be changed by someone else). undefined isn't really being
		// passed in so we can ensure the value of it is truly undefined. In ES5, undefined
		// can no longer be modified.

		// window and document are passed through as local variable rather than global
		// as this (slightly) quickens the resolution process and can be more efficiently
		// minified (especially when both are regularly referenced in your plugin).

		// Create the defaults once
		var pluginName = "foobar";
		var defaults = {
        tag: "span",
        color: "green"

		// The actual plugin constructor
		function Plugin ( element, options ) {
				this.element = element;
				// jQuery has an extend method which merges the contents of two or
				// more objects, storing the result in the first object. The first object
				// is generally empty as we don't want to alter the default options for
				// future instances of the plugin
				this.settings = $.extend( {}, defaults, options );
				this._defaults = defaults;
				this._name = pluginName;

		// Avoid Plugin.prototype conflicts
		$.extend(Plugin.prototype, {
				init: function () {
						// Place initialization logic here
						// You already have access to the DOM element and
						// the options via the instance, e.g. this.element
						// and this.settings
						// you can add more functions like the one below and
						// call them like so: this.yourOtherFunction(this.element, this.settings).

        tagColor: function() {
          $(this.element).find(this.settings.tag).css('color', this.settings.color);

		// A really lightweight plugin wrapper around the constructor,
		// preventing against multiple instantiations
		$.fn[ pluginName ] = function ( options ) {
				return this.each(function() {
						if ( !$.data( this, "plugin_" + pluginName ) ) {
								$.data( this, "plugin_" + pluginName, new Plugin( this, options ) );

})( jQuery, window, document );


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