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jQuery in Action, Second Edition Second Edition Edition

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About the Author

Bear Bibeault has been working in the area of web applications since the mid-nineties, getting started with beta versions of JSP and Servlets. He is a senior moderator at the popular JavaRanch site, and has contributed articles to the JavaRanch Journal as well as Dr Dobb's Journal online. He is a co-author of the Manning books Ajax in Practice and Prototype and Scriptaculous in Action. He works and resides in Austin, Texas.

Yehuda Katz is a developer with Engine Yard. He contributes actively to jQuery,heading up the plug-in development team. He also runs Visual jQuery, a dynam-ic, browsable version of the jQuery API, used heavily by new users of the libraryand core developers alike.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 475 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; Second Edition edition (July 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935182323
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935182320
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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137 of 166 people found the following review helpful By Max Rockbin on September 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
These comments (and the star rating) are very specifically from the point of view of someone who wants to add some interactivity and AJAX to web pages using the most straightforward efficient method, which is with JQuery.

THE GOOD: These guys absolutely know JQuery and JavaScript. They are fluent experts and authorities. They know the minute details and the inner guts. Also, they put a great deal of effort into this book. They built some good downloadable learning tools for the early sections and thought about the organization of the material.

THE BAD: Too few examples. Often complex commands are introduced without even an example to illustrate the syntax.
(FOR EXAMPLE, early on when selectors are discussed, they introduce a selector that requires quotes. That selector itself must be contained in quotes. They never show how the quotes within quotes syntax is handled).

The examples that are included are often not simple or straightforward. To illustrate AJAX their example gratuitously includes a custom plugin. I'd much rather have more examples of variations of the AJAX calls in the AJAX section instead of one long clunky example that illustrates only limited cases of the various jQuery Ajax methods. In several cases, The most complex JQuery method with more than a dozen possible parameters is simply listed with the parameters barely explained with no examples at all. Maybe if I was a professional JavaScript programmer a lot of the left out stuff would be trivial or obvious. But it wasn't for me.

In other places there is a surfeit of unnecessary technical material.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By NerdsRUs on August 9, 2010
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Here's why I gave this book a 5-star rating

1. I was new to JQuery, and they did a fantastic job of explaining it in very simple terms, without muddling it with unwanted details (like you try to pick up a new technology and wham! - you're hit with a dozen other related technologies that you don't care about right now)
2. Each chapter builds on the previous one.
3. When you get to Events, they've done a fantastic job of explaining the inner workings of JavaScript in the appendix. This makes understanding JQuery events a lot easier.
4. The examples are great. Where possible, the authors talk about real world situations.

One thing I'd improve on

1. Some topics are discussed too much in detail. For a beginner wanting to get his/her hands dirty with code, there's way too much covered. This is good if someone wants to build a rich client interface application, but an overkill when a majority of us are looking to enhance our website and cut down on javascript code. But again, there's not one book that can satisfy everyone, and I'll take the extra details anytime, than a poorly written book.

My advice: If you are a novice with JQuery, but this book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin M on July 4, 2011
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With the title jQuery in Action, you'd think it'd be a hands on learning experience 'in action'. Not so, I'm on page 66 and I've seen disconnected snippets of code but no real tutorial or project. I've probably written less than 20 of these random snippets. A lot of theory but not much practice (read 'action'). I'm struggling to get through all the wordy explanations of what jQuery can do, methods, arguments and so on. A great example of a programming book that really is hands on and in action is Ruby on Rails 3 Tutorial for instance. The latter takes you through a number of projects from start to finish and it extracts the theory from the practice.

I just switched to jQuery Novice to Ninja because I couldn't take it anymore. It's way more concrete using a fictitious website as a foundation for jQuery and great code examples along the way.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joel Tesler on July 10, 2011
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I've been using JavaScript for years, and have worked with other JavaScript libraries, but needed to learn jQuery. After reading this book, I found jQuery intuitive, and easy to work with. I can't advise how it would work for someone less comfortable with JavaScript.

The second thing to rate about a book is whether it sits on the shelf after you have read it, or whether it is still useful. While not organized as a reference, I find myself frequently going back to the book. I can usually find what I am looking for in seconds, and it is often more helpful than the jQuery website.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By on May 27, 2011
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Read a little, code a little. That was my experience. I caught myself saying, "Wow, I want to try that" on almost every page. If you don't feel like writing your own code, the book authors provide samples that you can download from This was a great book to learn jQuery. Even though while I'm writing this review, jQuery has come out with a new version, the book's content is still relevant.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JJGittes on February 13, 2012
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It really depends on your level and need. This book is definitely NOT for beginners, especially if you are unfamiliar with Javascript itself or other OO language like Java: the way the material is introduced and explained is not straight-forward. But the authors' disclaimer says that it's not for beginners. On the other hand, for the experienced developers who want to know more in-depth coverage and explanation especially in OO jargon, it gives lots of useful and insightful information. I am experienced in Java and OK in Javascript so I am getting good use of the book. But I still cannot give 5 stars (for the experienced) because it is just too wordy, whence taking up more time to read. (1 + 4)/2 = 2.5 rounded up to 3 stars.
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