jQuery .find() vs. context selector

JavaScript performance comparison

Test case created by Brian

Preparation code

<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1/jquery.min.js"></script>

<p>A test</p>
<p>This is text</p>

Benchmark.prototype.setup = function() {
  var article = document.querySelector('article');


Preparation code output

<article> <p>A test</p> <p><iframe></iframe></p> <p>This is text</p> </article>

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Testing in CCBot 2.0.0 / Other 0.0.0
Test Ops/sec
find method
var hasFrame = $(article).find('iframe').length > 0 ? true : false;

context method
var hasFrame = $('iframe', article).length > 0 ? true : false;

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PaulTMan commented :

Thanks for this test, it's such a common operation and the non-intuitive answer (feels like two operations rather then one) also makes for better readability.

jkns commented :

The context call just fires the .find() method: "Internally, selector context is implemented with the .find() method, so $('span', this) is equivalent to $(this).find('span')." - http://api.jquery.com/jQuery/

tyujt commented :


cinos81 commented :

thank you for this test. 멋있다..

A test

This is text