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ISBN-13: 978-1449397227 ISBN-10: 1449397220 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (January 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449397220
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449397227
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Flanagan is a computer programmer who spends most of his time writing about JavaScript and Java. His books with O'Reilly include JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, JavaScript Pocket Reference, Java in a Nutshell, Java Examples in a Nutshell, and Java Foundation Classes in a Nutshell. David has a blog at www.davidflanagan.com.

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I've enjoyed previous books by David Flanagan and decided to read jQuery Pocket Reference.
Jim Schubert
A good text (like Murach's) plus this as a reference will get you up to speed amazingly fast with jQuery.
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It is a convenient and concise reference book with valuable examples and excellent writing.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jim Schubert on February 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
I've enjoyed previous books by David Flanagan and decided to read jQuery Pocket Reference. I thought I would quickly skim through the chapters because I considered myself fairly proficient in jQuery. After the first chapter and Flanagan's explanations of jQuery's method, object, and function ('a' versus 'the'), I decided to read more in-depth. I'm glad, because this is one of the best books I've read in O'Reilly's Pocket Reference library. I was surprised to have found a one which has a perfect balance between API, examples, and explanation.

For developers who want to learn jQuery, you will be able to learn nearly all you need to get started from this book. When I first heard about jQuery, I purchased a much larger book, which ended up being about 80% reprinting the API on jquery.com. If you're like me, and you prefer insight, hints, and gotchas which encourage you to write some code, then this book is perfect for you.

For developers familiar with jQuery, you may learn a little from this book. Flanagan covers a lot of overloads to common jQuery functions. Some of them, I never knew existed. The recent release of jQuery 1.5 has actually added more functionality than what is covered in this book.

The only thing I found a little odd about this book is how the jQuery Selectors chapter was at the end of the book. Considering jQuery is a framework for querying the DOM, using selectors, I would expect that content to be the first covered. On the other hand, as a reference, you may expect the most used content at the end of the book. Luckily, Flanagan knows what he's doing and tells you to review the Selectors chapter if you're rusty or unfamiliar.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Clason on June 13, 2011
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This review pertains to the Kindle Edition.

First, had Amazon or the publisher indicated that this was included as a chapter in Flanagan's recently published JavaScript: The Definitive Guide: Activate Your Web Pages, I wouldn't have bought it--but I downloaded both at the same time and didn't find out until a couple days later. That's why I gave the book a 4-start rating rather than 5. If you are a DTB user then it makes sense to have both because you're unlikely to want to carry around an 1100 page volume as a quick reference, but for a Kindle user with full text search available buying this is a waste of money if you are going to buy the other. That, in fact is my recommendation: buy the larger book and park it on your development workstation.

That said, this is a fine piece of work. Like many developers, I started using a JavaScript library for a particular project and settled on jQuery because it provided the features I needed at the time. I came to understand its value and used in increasingly, but always with a familiarity constrained by the requirements of my initial use. My skills grew as I used it, but slowly.

So, I really welcomed and valued the first 2/3 (or so) of Flanagan's book (or chapter), which is a narrative description of the library's features, with examples and detailed explanations of what's going on behind the scenes.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By richardpinneau.com on January 15, 2011
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I go for long periods without writing javascript/jquery (mostly working on database/backend development), so I get rusty. I find this little "pocket reference" really fits the bill to help me get my mind back into jQuery tactics and syntax.

I was quite pleasantly surprised to find so much information so well organized in such a small format (little space is wasted on unnecessary white space). The clarity lives up to the the high reputation that Flanagan has established in his comprehensive javascript volumes.

Thanks: It's great to have this jewel to pack with me when on the road (as well as on desktop).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Wahl on June 16, 2011
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As the author points out in the preface, this guide is a chapter taken from "JavaScript: The Definitive Guide", and it documents jQuery version 1.4 (as of June 2011 the current version is 1.6.x).

Unfortunately while it covers jQuery's core function for document handling, AJAX and events, its coverage of jQuery UI is a brief introduction of just two and a half pages, that highlights how jQuery UI differs from jQuery. (There's more documentation on how to extend jQuery by writing a custom plugin than there is on using jQuery UI, which is not what I'd expect from a pocket reference). The book's reference section and index does not cover jQuery UI widgets or their events.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Bynum on January 3, 2013
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This contains a wealth of information, but it reads more like a textbook than other O'Reilly pocket guides. I've found the online jquery documentation at docs.jquery.com to be far more effective. It's a shame because O'Reilly pocket guides are usually very handy to have around.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Chapman on November 23, 2011
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This is the most practical book on jQuery that I have come across. Not only is it a convenient size to fit in your pocket but it also covers jQuery in a clear easy to follow way that will allow any JavaScript programmer to easily understand and work with any jQuery code that they come across. It may even convince some of the advantages of using jQuery as the basis for their future JavaScript programming.

As the book recommends using the minified version of the library and also recommends getting it from a shared location where at least some of your visitors will already have the library in their cache means that the size of the library is not such an issue - particularly if your script is going to make use of a significant fraction of the functionality of the library. With the explanations provided in this book it will be much easier for people to make more effective use of the library so that the library can be used to make your JavaScript even more efficient.

There is one other way in which this book differs from some of the other jQuery books that I have seen and that is that this book actually specifies right at the start the appropriate level of JavaScript knowledge provided to be able to make use of the book. That knowledge of JavaScript is really required to be able to use jQuery properly and so it is really yet another positive for this book that it actually points that out. Hopefully many of those using jQuery without the necessary prior knowledge of JavaScript will obtain this book and after reading what the prerequisite JavaScript knowledge requirement is will then decide to learn the necessary JavaScript (and so improve their ability to use jQuery by 1000%+).

Overall an excellent book that clearly achieves everything that intends.
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David Flanagan is a computer programmer who has spent much of the last 20 years writing books about programming languages. He now works at Mozilla. David lives with his wife and children in the Pacific Northwest, between the cities of Seattle and Vancouver.

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