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jQuery: Novice to Ninja 1st Edition

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Sporting a Masters in Information Technology and a lifetime of experience on the "web of hard knocks", Earle Castledine (Mr Speaker) holds an interest in everything to do with computers. A Senior Systems Analyst and JavaScript expert - he is equally happy in the muddy pits of .NET code as in the fluffy fields of client-side interaction development. Co-creator of the client-side opus TurnTubelis, Earle recognizes the Internet not as a lubricant for social change, but as a vehicle for unleashing frivolous ECMAScript gadgets and interesting time-wasting technologies.

Craig Sharkie's intricate knowledge of best-practice JavaScript is apparent in his writing. He began his jQuery journey as a Fine Arts graduate turned programmer, and has successfully worked with some of the Web's biggest names. Craig discovered JavaScript in 1995 and has been an evangelist for the "good parts" since then. This is your chance to benefit from Craig's extensive experience.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 407 pages
  • Publisher: SitePoint; 1 edition (March 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980576857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980576856
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #894,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By A. DiMauro on April 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have to agree with other reviews, this is an excellent book to start learning jQuery. Not that there aren't other excellent jQuery books, but the best ones out there are getting a little dated. If you are just starting, not only is this book easy to read and understand, with lots of great examples, but it's also up to date with jQuery version 1.4.

They start with an already functional html site, and then add jQuery to it to spice it up. For all new web developers out there, this is the way to do it! JavaScript/jQuery should be put in last only after you have a functional site, for those people without JavaScript support (especially screen readers for the blind). This book follows best-practices and I commend them for it. It's the book I wish I had when I first tried to learn jQuery. Get it. You won't be disappointed.

It's so easy to 'write' (i.e. copy/paste) bad JavaScript, as the web has been plagued with for so many years. But, as frameworks like jQuery start to gain tremendous popularity, that trend is changing. There really is no sense in 'reinventing the wheel'. Use jQuery, or another framework. What I like about jQuery is that it makes so many things easy, and leverages CSS syntax so you have less to learn.

It seems that this book is selling fast, as of this writing it says 1 to 4 months shipping time! Also, I'm not sure why Sitepoint books tend to have such a small discount on Amazon. Sitepoint likes to get people to buy books direct from them. Not sure why. It seems to be available faster on their web site. I have an eBook version. As of this writing, they are running a 5-for-1 eBook promotion on the Sitepoint web site. But, I got mine through my subscription to Safari Books Online, which I highly recommend.

If you are just starting, or even just want a reference for the jQuery basics, this book is the one to have.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By timazon on April 6, 2010
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I have several jQuery books, but this is the one that truly helped me understand how everything works.
Extremely readable, with excellent samples that are clearly explained.

There is no comparison between this and, for example, Learning jQuery 1.3 (after reading, I still didn't get it).

Note: to get the source code, go to sitepoint ([...]) and enter your email address as if you'd ordered from their site. They won't find a match so will ask you to type in the last word from one of the chapters, then they'll email you a link to download the source.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Garry L. Freemyer on August 9, 2010
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If you are a total rank beginner to jQuery and do not understand CSS that well this book is like a ride that starts out smoothly gets but is missing a few safety straps, so you flop around in confusion, but if you can endure the confusion you will finally GET it, and the ride will be worth it. Persevere and you will end up being a ninja.

The book gets you excited over all the great things you can do with jQuery but the title contains a bit of truth that should serve as a warning.

The minimum skill level is you must be a novice NOT a rank beginner with jQuery. Some minimum skill, knowledge is expected. You should also know something about CSS. If you are and old CSS hand, that alone should get you by just fine.

If you understand CSS your journey through this book will be much easier.

Omissions and a few errors produced a lot of head scratching. These omissions would probably not be noticed by someone who is used to CSS. The book builds on previous concepts so if you do not understand something it is necessary to stop and do research until you do, or at least feel you sort of get it, or the confusion will only grow.

Snippets were the biggest problem. It was not clear were to put the snippets, new code was not well differentiated from code that was already there previously.

I myself, like to go out to lunch, nursing a cup and sit somewhere away from home distractions to read and learn but the learning curve became very steep due to omissions and some errors. I found it necessary to go home and look at the downloaded code or reported errata to find the missing info. Sometimes it was not clear where to put a code snippet, sometimes there were errors.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Farrell VINE VOICE on March 17, 2010
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jQuery Novice to Ninja is an extremely readable introduction to learning and using jQuery on your website. It's an introduction because jQuery, and the assorted plugins, can't be covered in a single book.

This enjoyable read provides lots of code snippets that show you how to use jQuery to manipulate the browser DOM, inserting, adding or animating elements. Want to use Ajax? That's also in here. The book also covers: form and tree construction; images and slideshows; menus, tabbing and tooltips. In short everything you need to build a slick web 2.0 like website.

The code samples available on the web site for the book provide you an easy way to experiment with changing calls to see what the result look like, for example the section on animations and easing. The illustrations are excellent and help in understanding the examples and explanations.

This is the book for you if you want to transform a web site with dynamic responses and customizations. I recommend it highly.
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