Getting the ID of the element that fired an event

Is there any way to get the ID of the element that fires an event?

I’m thinking something like:

$(document).ready(function() {
  $("a").click(function() {
    var test = caller.id;
    alert(test.val());
  });
});
<script type="text/javascript" src="starterkit/jquery.js"></script>

<form class="item" id="aaa">
  <input class="title"></input>
</form>
<form class="item" id="bbb">
  <input class="title"></input>
</form>

Except of course that the var test should contain the id "aaa", if the event is fired from the first form, and "bbb", if the event is fired from the second form.

Answer

In jQuery event.target always refers to the element that triggered the event, where event is the parameter passed to the function. http://api.jquery.com/category/events/event-object/

$(document).ready(function() {
    $("a").click(function(event) {
        alert(event.target.id);
    });
});

Note also that this will also work, but that it is not a jQuery object, so if you wish to use a jQuery function on it then you must refer to it as $(this), e.g.:

$(document).ready(function() {
    $("a").click(function(event) {
        // this.append wouldn't work
        $(this).append(" Clicked");
    });
});