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Head First jQuery [Paperback]

Ryan Benedetti , Ronan Cranley
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October 2, 2011 1449393217 978-1449393212 1

Want to add more interactivity and polish to your websites? Discover how jQuery can help you build complex scripting functionality in just a few lines of code. With Head First jQuery, you'll quickly get up to speed on this amazing JavaScript library by learning how to navigate HTML documents while handling events, effects, callbacks, and animations. By the time you've completed the book, you'll be incorporating Ajax apps, working seamlessly with HTML and CSS, and handling data with PHP, MySQL and JSON.

If you want to learn—and understand—how to create interactive web pages, unobtrusive script, and cool animations that don't kill your browser, this book is for you.

  • Use jQuery with DOM to overcome the limitations of HTML and CSS
  • Learn how jQuery selectors and actions work together
  • Write functions and wire them to interface elements
  • Use jQuery effects to create actions on the page
  • Make your pages come alive with animation
  • Build interactive web pages with jQuery and Ajax
  • Build forms in web applications

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About the Author

Ryan Benedetti holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of Montana and works as a Web Developer/Multimedia Specialist for the University of Portland. He works with Flash, ActionScript, Adobe's Creative Suite, Drupal, Liferay Portal, and Apache's Jakarta Velocity Templating language.

For seven years, Ryan served as Department Head for Information Technology and Computer Engineering at SKC. Prior to that, he worked as editor and information systems specialist for a river, stream, and wetland research program in the School of Forestry at the University of Montana.

Ryan's poems have been published in Cut Bank and Andrei Codrescu's Exquisite Corpse. He spends his free hours painting, cartooning, playing blues harmonica, making Flash learning toys, and practicing zazen. He spends his best moments with his daughter, his son, and his sweetheart, Shonna, in Portland, OR.

Ronan Cranley is the Senior Web Developer/Systems Manager at University of Portland, Oregon. He has worked on an array of different projects in PHP, VB.Net, C# and Java. These include a client-side GIS system, a homegrown content management system, a calendaring/scheduling system, and a jQuery/Google Maps mashup. Ronan also serves as the SQL Server DBA for the University.

Product Details

  • Series: Head First
  • Paperback: 540 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (October 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449393217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449393212
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Beginners. Too Visually Stimulating Perhaps. October 22, 2011
This is my first Head First Series book. I have heard great things about Head First books and mainly picked it up to experience the series.

I have to say the information is very much for beginners. The book starts you out at the basics of organizing your website assets, downloading jQuery, and introducing one to the basics of CSS, HTML, JavaScript, jQuery, etc. The later chapters start introducing AJAX, PHP, MySQL, JSON, and XML from scratch, too. If you don't have PHP and MySQL, the appendices help you visually install them. If you are beginner, you just can't ask for more than that.

Throughout the book Head First jQuery teaches via a Problem-Solution approach. A client needs some changes to their website and the book walks you through collecting the requirements, introducing the necessary features in HTML, CSS, jQuery, and JavaScript that help solve the problem, and last begins coding the problem. Pictures, games, and repetition are constantly used through the book to help reinforce the learning of the material.

For me, personally, there were a bit too many images, games, and repetition. I found it difficult to get in any kind of reading rhythm with the non-standard flow of text and information. It was kind of cute at first and overall I found the images and games appealing and useful, but it was a bit too much and too distracting for me. At times it felt more like a chore to learn the material.

Again, a great book for beginners that teaches a lot of breadth as opposed to depth. Lots of images for those that learn best visually. Prepare yourself for a different writing/learning style if you are not familiar with the Head First Series.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars jQuery, simply, for beginners October 10, 2011
By mko
It might sound strange, but first thing I am grateful to Ryan and Ronan is mentioning TextWrangler in the beginning of the book. This way I got familiar with very simple, useful, and free (free as in free beer) editor for Mac OS

I haven't used jQuery before, and I wanted to see what it is all about. First of all, I like to learn by examples - and you got them here. All in one piece - zipped - directly on your hard drive from the Head First Lab web page (each example contains corresponding jQuery library). This is nice. You simply don't have to copy-paste everything you see in the book into your text editor. When it comes to the content. Well, this is always hard thing to judge. I know people who hate Head First series. They say it is not sophisticated enough. I am, on the contrary, a great fan of Head First. jQuery, like any other Head First series book, gives you simple, straight overview of the topic. OK, it will not provide you with as much text as other books, but hey, "A picture is worth a thousand words". And you will find lots of them here. However, if you consider yourself a hacker, don't buy it. It's rather for beginners. If you are a beginner - I'd consider buying it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very confusing November 11, 2012
By Patrick
The number of typos and code errors in this book make for a slow read. I did learn a little from this book, and I finally made my way through all of the chapters, but it was slow going. The errors made the lessons less effective in that the distraction of having to head to the website (which is of little use) and check the forums (which are hardly posted in, except to tell you about the typos and on which page they occur), or (this is what I did most often) check Google for a work around or correct syntax. Overall, I think I would have been better off with a different book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A basic introduction to jQuery and scripting November 25, 2011
O'Reilly Publishing provided me access to an electronic copy of this book for review purposes.

jQuery is fast becoming one of the most useful and popular JavaScript frameworks being used and being developed for future markets with jQuery mobile. In this massive book (over 450 pages) and over 11 chapters the reader will learn how to download and setup jQuery and introduce the basics of jQuery. The later chapters briefly introduce AJAX, PHP, MySQL, JSON, and XML and how they work with jQuery to build a more interactive webpage. There also a couple of apendecies to help you get a test environment set up on your local computer. One thing to note about this book is that you do need experience with webdesign and it does help to have some experience with scripting languages.

One of the first things that stands out about this book (and the Head First series in general) is the bright, colorful, and plentiful images used to help illustrate concepts and how jQuery works. They also provide illustrations on how to walk through the specific problem at hand, which is often nice to see in a visual format...even if it is just notes on a pad of paper. The other highlight of the Head First series (and this book is no exception) is that it's written in a clear easy to understand language, it's written for the novice programmer--one that's still learning how programming works and for someone that's looking for an overview of the language. In this book the authors give you a specific situation--a client wants work done on their website-- walk you through how to solve the problem step by step, and with illustrations to help you solve the problem.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on jQuery.
Very easy to understand the concepts and how to put them to use. JQuery just makes many JavaScript tasks so easy to do. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of typos, not all exercises are helpful, but gives a decent...
This is billed as an fairly introductory-level book for those who are familiar with HTML/CSS and a little bit of JavaScript. Read more
Published 3 months ago by T. Zhang
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent intro to JQuery
If you already know HTML, CSS and a fair amount of JavaScript this is the book to get for learning JQuery. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Student_of_Life
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I've liked all of the Head First books I've used. It only helped me a little at my job as it explained some of the funner, presentation stuff before some of the basics like... Read more
Published 6 months ago by IT Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars These books are great!!!
These books are great!!! I enjoy reading them. Very easy to learn. This is my fourth book from Head First Labs
Published 7 months ago by Carlos Sosa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Great book for the visual learner. Excited to try others in the series. I also have the PHP MySQL and Web Design books in the Headfirst series.
Published 7 months ago by Shelby Ostrander
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful for a jQuery novice
Before starting this book, I knew HTML & CSS, but that was it. The book is very effective at teaching jQuery, even if you don't know Javascript. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Julie B
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read.
This book was useful in that it helped me learn more about jQuery basics, so this is a good book for beginners. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars I Like the series Head First........
More than a book, it teaches and learns how our brain thinks ... clear and concise concepts is developed..... is a book that every programmer of javascript must have.....
Published 10 months ago by Juan Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Examples and, Unlike Some JQuery Books, Delves into PHP,...
Head First JQuery is yet another testimony of the effectiveness of the Head First series in delving deeply into new concepts while implementing both humor and visually compelling... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Susanne Cardwell
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