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Ralph Steyer is a computer programmer, consultant, journalist, and book author with decades of experience in a wide variety of computer programming languages and technologies. He has a degree in mathematics from Frankfurt/Main University and is the author of several books on web programming, including JavaScript Handbook and AJAX Frameworks (Addison-Wesley).

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  • Series: Learning
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (May 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321815262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321815262
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Anderson VINE VOICE on July 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
If you are considering learning jQuery, this is a great place to start. The author starts the book with an introduction that puts jQuery in context and then helps you set up a development environment.

Although I think most people reading this book should already be at a level of experience in which they already have a development environment set up, you may want to use the author's suggestion because it is focused on HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. I am using Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate which works fine, but is a heavy install.

After the introduction the author jumps right into some examples to show you the jQuery syntax in several different scenarios. If you have not used jQuery at all this chapter gets you familiar with the syntax quickly.

Next the author introduces a bunch of basics. The topics include the Web, Web 2.0, XML, JSON, JavaScript's relationship to jQuery, AJAX, XMLHttpRequest, the DOM, CSS, and DHTML. The topics are not covered in detail, the author just makes sure to cover enough information about each to the level we can understand their place in relation to jQuery.

Chapter 4 begins the in-depth journey into jQuery that continues for the next six chapters. The book has three more chapters after the ones detailing jQuery on jQuery UI, Plug-Ins, and jQuery Mobile. I have listed all the chapters below.

1. Introduction
2. First Examples with jQuery
3. Basic Knowledge
4. How jQuery Works
5. Selectors and Filters
6. Accessing the Elements of a Web Page
7. Formatting with Style Sheets Under jQuery
8. Event Handling Under jQuery
9. Effects and Animations
10. AJAX
11. jQuery UI
12. Plug-Ins
13. jQuery Mobile

Each chapter goes in-depth, yet they also cover a lot of topics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AnilSaldhana on June 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
Overall Recommendation: Strong Buy

Strengths of the book:
JQuery is a very good web framework that is critical for developers who have decent Javascript experience.

This book is excellent as introduction and reference to the following:
* JQuery
* JQuery UI
* JQuery Mobile

No book is complete without using online resources. This book falls in that group. You cannot expect to pick this book up and assume you will have all the information. You can use the book for introduction but will have to use online resources for deeper knowledge and tips.

I like the writing style of the author. Very relaxed and great for developers who are getting familiar with JQuery ecosystem. Each chapter has a lot of Tips. The author gives his personal recommendations such as using Aptana as IDE.

Chapter 2 starts with a JQuery example. This gives you a feel for JQuery. Chapter 3 goes deeper into web, html, xml and JSON. This chapter is useful to grasp concepts such as DOM.

Chapter 4 goes into JQuery depths.

Chapter 10 on AJAX is excellent particularly treatment of JSONP.

Chapter 11 describes JQuery UI which is very useful for developers. It walks through the ThemeRoller which is critical for JQuery UI usage. This is one of the best chapters in the book. Information on JQuery UI and JQuery Mobile in the same book is value for your money.

Chapter 13 talks about JQuery Mobile. This is an excellent reference chapter. JQuery Mobile is a great framework for mobile devices.

The appendix gives a refresher into Javascript. If you already know JS, then this can be a breeze if not, a decent read.

Suggestions for future editions:
Some additional examples such as projects would be useful.

Anil Saldhana
Chicago Java Users Group
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 5, 2013
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The book provides an in-depth introduction to jQuery syntax; almost every method, function, or other feature is accompanied by a short code example. However, in the interest of clarity, the author employs mostly "toy" examples to help elucidate the specific syntactic element at hand, rather than providing code that could be useful templates to real programming situations. If you are coming from another JavaScript framework (or have general experience manipulating DOM), the book's approach is excellent as it allows you to quickly implement techniques you already know in jQuery. On the other hand, if you are looking for a more practical introduction to how JavaScript is used to build web pages in the real world, this isn't for you. Also, as of June 6, 2013, the website the author indicates contains code for the examples (http://jquery.safety-first-rock.de referenced on page 19) does not, in fact, contain the code.
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The book starts out by explaining the tools that you will need to do jQuery development and while it does not leave out the use of Microsoft Visual Studio, also explains other tools like XAMPP, Notepad++, Aptana, and Eclipse. Given that this is a book for learning jQuery it provides you with plenty of information to get you up and running if you are starting from scratch.

The first few chapters of the book explain the basic use of jQuery and it's ability to manipulate a HTML document. While the book starts at the very beginning of jQuery it assumes that you have a basic understanding of the structure of a HTML document. Ultimately, whatever you do in jQuery will boil back down to a HTML output. So it's worth getting to grips with HTML and CSS.

While the initial parts of the book focus on the ability to find items in your document and manipulate them with CSS it quickly moves on to the fundamental parts of jQuery which now makes up the fundamental parts of many webpages today. From this point on the book covers every aspect of the use of jQuery. It does not guide you making any particular site but does dissect every feature to demonstrate the functionality. The latter parts of the book focus on user interface features for both standard pages, mobile, touchscreens and plugins.

I would recommend this book for students or as a reference book for developers. The book is targeted at people learning from the beginning but covers so many aspects of the use of jQuery that it ends with a much more of a complete picture.
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