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The title is "Boiling React Down to Few Lines in jQuery".

Is it confusing? Is it appealing or bringing attention? Does it feel wrong? And last, are there anything grammatically wrong with it?

Please state whether you are a native speaker in your answer.

P.S. I ask in a such a weird way 'cause grammar could be googled to an extent and I am trying to tap into your sense of language instead.

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  • If you're writing a headline or title for a story or post, be very careful not to cause a Crash Blossom. – John Lawler Mar 8 '15 at 17:45
  • "Boiling React down to a Few Lines using jQuery". "Using jQuery to boil React down to just a few lines". – Ian MacDonald Mar 8 '15 at 17:47
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    I would interpret it as meaning that "React" (which is presumably some web application concept/function) is "boiled down" (reduced to essence) by a few lines of code written in the jQuery language. (I speak native geek.) – Hot Licks Mar 8 '15 at 18:11
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    @HotLicks To, not by; but otherwise, that’s how I’d parse it, too. “Boiling down to few lines” still sounds very odd to me, though. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Mar 8 '15 at 18:20
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    @JanusBahsJacquet - "Boil down" is a fairly common metaphor used to mean "reduce", or "produce a summary", or "calculate the 'bottom line'". I don't find its use at all unusual in the above context. – Hot Licks Mar 8 '15 at 18:25
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Compare with
  • Boiling the new taxation bill down to a few lines with respect to the US Constitution.
  • Boiling his mental illness down to a few lines in layman's terms.
  • Boiling the chemistry of valency down to few lines of quantum mechanics.

jQuery is JavaScript library of routines commonly used by other JavaScript libraries as well as directly used by many browser-side UI developers.

React, AngularJS and Ember are JavaScript libraries for implementing higher abstract UI concepts. They depend on, or compete with, jQuery on their low level JavaScript operations.

Boiling is a quaintly used word for the act of creating boilerplates, but due to rarity of such usage, I am unable to produce evidence of such usage.

Boiling-down is the act of reduction of a mass down to its basic non-ethereal entities or concepts. e.g., It all boils down to the govt needing more money. The stew boiled down to few pieces of chicken bones.

Therefore, "Boiling React down to few lines in jQuery" is either, or combination of,

  • Reducing the need to use React, by using a few lines of JQuery.
  • Reducing the mass of React down to the equivalent of a few lines of JQuery.
  • For those familiar with JQuery, explaining what React does by substituting React calls with a few lines JQuery calls.
  • How to call React using a few lines of jQuery calls.

Calling a function or operation is code written to jump into the entry-points of functions or operation of libraries, by transferring a payload of data into the function/operation thro those entrypoints.


boil down

vb (adverb)
  1. (Chemistry) to reduce or be reduced in quantity and usually altered in consistency by boiling: to boil a liquid down to a thick glue.
  2. boil down to a. (intr) to be the essential element in something b. (tr) to summarize; reduce to essentials

Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

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  • Thank you very much for your answer. There are few more specific things I am interested in. 1. Is writing "in jQuery" is ok if I mean jQuery as a kind of language? Or it's too confusing and I better go with "of" or "using"? 2. Is inserting a word between "Boiling" and "down" correct? Shouldn't I wrote that as "Boiling down React ... "? – Suor Mar 9 '15 at 1:45

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