Auto-link hashtags with jQuery and JavaScript

March 22nd, 2016

We had a need for a bit of JavaScript that would look for hashtags (like #this) in content and auto-link them to search results.

So I popped over to CodePen and scrawled out some messy jQuery to make that happen.

This morning I woke up and thought… “it has been a little while since I wrote JavaScript without the need for a library of cruft like jQuery, I wonder what this same incredibly simple task would look like without it?” So I scrawled out some messy JavaScript for it on CodePen too.

I think jQuery is a great library but I do believe that I’ve come to rely on it too much. Perhaps I’ll write more pure JavaScript for simple things to see if I get a little more mileage out of them. And to keep my JavaScript muscles firing.