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jQuery: Novice to Ninja 2nd 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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: SitePoint; 2 edition (February 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987153013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987153012
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I originally purchased the 1st version of this book, and decided to buy the 2nd version for the updated content. I hardly ever buy a newer version of the same book, so that should tell you how good this book is. Before reading this book I knew nothing about jQuery and by the time I was finished I felt very comfortable with it, and I was able to make some pretty significant enhancements to various websites.

This book covers all the key topics, but the best part of this book is that it's written in a way which is easy to understand - it's not so technical and boring that you'll fall asleep after reading 2 pages. I wish more books were written like this! There are some good real-world examples in this book as well. Highly recommended!
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I read the first edition twice. I've since read this newest edition once. There is so much info packed into this book, and so many real world examples, it's impossible to take everything in with only a single read.

I've also read the Missing Manual Javascript and jQuery title which I highly recommend, as well as a couple of jQuery/Wordpress books. Out of all these, despite the fact it is a Sitepoint book, I'd say this book is the most comprehensive of all the guides I've read. There were a couple of glitches in some examples, particularly a missing parameter in every use of the on() method, which was strange. But overall, great book.
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I picked this book up at er.... a bricks and mortar bookstore and found myself chuckling repeatedly as I sipped my coffee and read. I found the book both entertaining and useful. Great samples that can be downloaded to see the features in action. I needed some jQuery skills immediately (couldn't even wait for Prime to deliver) and so I plunked down my bucks and took this book home with me. I think the book is great - readable, informative. I'd give it six stars if I could. And no, I don't know the author, but given that he clearly has a sense of humor that matches mine, I wouldn't mind meeting him.
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This is was a good book that helps you get your start with jQuery and its programming aspect. Personally, I think it could have some better examples in trying to convey on how to do the programming language, otherwise an overall good book.
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A great book which will help you understand better web development with jQuery. Its a book for novice and intermediate developers. Don't stick to this you can learn a lot more about jQuery, but it's a great start to do so.
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Very well written in easy to understand terms. When you finish this book you will be able to write and understand jQuery. Which will make your web pages more dynamic and exciting. From form checking and validation to the jQueryUI the author covers every thing you will need to spice up your web design.
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I rarely review books unless I love them or hate them, and though hate might be a strong word for this book, it is definitely not useful in teaching jQuery. The book presents a concept, then provides sample code, but rarely does it explain the sample code (so in essence you understand the gist of what is being accomplished, and you see how it's being accomplished, but it doesn't really explain why what you're seeing works like it does). I see some reviewers saying this is a great reference, and that may be if you're already an accomplished programmer, but if you're trying to learn jQuery from the ground up, this is not the book for you. Another primary complaint, and ultimately what made me give up on this book, is that the sample code provided is broken out into hundreds of subfolders. Chapter 3 alone has 22 subfolders of sample code, each with its own index, css, etc., and if you're trying to learn on a local web server, you are constantly moving files to your localhost just to see how something should work (and if you move them all to your localhost, you're typing these long URLs--localhost/jquery_book/code/chapter_03/21_horizontal_pane_splitter/index.html, for example). It would be much better if they just built on one set of code within each chapter. I used to be a fan of Sitepoint books, but more and more I'm moving to the Missing Manual books to really get a solid foundation for learning new languages.
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I initially read the 1st ed (on loan from my library) then decided to purchase the ebook for the 2nd ed
I'm not a JS expert (at all - in fact, I still maintain deep reservations about the language, but that's another story) so this book was exactly right for me: doesn't assume any JS experience and will explain all that is necessary to follow along the examples.

The information provided was good to get started, but, be warned, to actually use the tools demonstrated in the book, you'll necessarily need to either access the API docs on JQuery or do some research on StackOverflow: which is exactly right, a book should not be a substitute for using your brain and looking up the documentation.

I only have a couple of reservation: the somewhat high-school-ish tone of the 'story' underlining the course of the book (essentially, you're working as a consultant for a celebrity website) was a bit jarring to me - then again, given the likelihood that the vast majority of people using jQuery (and javascript) are most likely script kiddies, I guess that's just fine ;)

Also, the title is a bit misleading: don't expect to be a JQuery "ninja" by the time you've finished the book: there's a lot of practical detail that, as mentioned above, you'll have to gleam from other sources.

But, all in all, it's a good introductory book, it serves its purpose, and I'd recommend it.
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