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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (July 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847193811
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847193810
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,911,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jonathan Chaffer

Jonathan Chaffer is the Chief Technology Officer of Structure Interactive, an interactive agency located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There he oversees web development projects using a wide range of technologies, and continues to collaborate on day-to-day programming tasks as well.

In the open-source community, Jonathan has been very active in the Drupal CMS project, which has adopted jQuery as its JavaScript framework of choice. He is the creator of the Content Construction Kit, a popular module for managing structured content on Drupal sites. He is responsible for major overhauls of Drupal's menu system and developer API reference.

Jonathan lives in Grand Rapids with his wife, Jennifer.

Karl Swedberg

Karl Swedberg is a web developer at Structure Interactive in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he spends much of his time implementing design with a focus on "web standards"--semantic HTML, well-mannered CSS, and unobtrusive JavaScript.

Before his current love affair with web development, Karl worked as a copy editor, a high-school English teacher, and a coffee house owner. His fascination with technology began in the early 1990s when he worked at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington, and it has continued unabated ever since.

Karl's other obsessions include photography, karate, English grammar, and fatherhood. He lives in Grand Rapids with his wife, Sara, and his two children, Benjamin and Lucia.


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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ben Nadel on October 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading the jQuery Reference Guide: A Comprehensive Exploration of the Popular JavaScript Library, by PACKT publishing, co-authored by Jonathan Chaffer and Karl Swedberg. This book is fantastic! It's a bit strange to review a reference manual because it's really just listing out all the features of the API. But, it's the way in which this is done that makes this reference guide so effective. Almost every single method and selector is explained in depth with both clear, concise code snippets as well as rendered displays when necessary. Not only did I come away with a wonderful understanding of jQUery API, I also learned more about JavaScript in general (specifically event handling and the XML[...] object).

This book is a must have for anyone that is serious about effectively leveraging jQuery in their applications. While the API is very simple, it is also extremely robust and powerful. Even when you think you have a good grasp on how things work, reading a manual like this points out all the little facets that you didn't know existed; whether it be optional method arguments or miscellaneous selectors, you probably aren't writing code as effectively as you could be, and you can't do that until you have at least a general understanding of all the features that jQuery makes available.

One of the great things that this book does, which is rare for an API-style book, is to explain, when possible, what the jQuery API is using behind the scenes to access and traverse the document object model. For instance, it explains that the getElementsByTagName() is used to filter tag-based selectors and that getElementById() is used to filter id-based selectors.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Donnie Darko on October 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
You might question whether or not a book is even necessary given the wealth of information already available on the jQuery library. I am an avid user of jQuery, semi-active in the community, I have developed a few plug-ins, and I certainly understand the need for this resource guide.

The online documentation is extremely terse, and in order to get an in-depth understanding of the library, a book is necessary. As a programmer I prefer jQuery Resource Guide over Learning jQuery. However, if you are an entry-level interface developer or designer, I might suggest the latter. Either way, you will not be disappointed.

My only complaint with the book, is that it only covers the API. There is no discussion of the jQuery source, and the tactics used to build the library. However, if you want to extend functionality, you will find the chapter on plug-ins very useful. The techniques differ a bit from some of the current jQuery plug-ins, but it is useful nonetheless.

I know there are numerous JavaScript libraries, but I can't say it enough -- this is the one you want to choose, and this is probably the book you want to have on hand when you do decide on jQuery. jQuery Reference Guide is great for helping you to master DOM manipulation, AJAX, and plug-ins, and you will not regret the purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sean Catchpole on December 21, 2007
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I have always used online resources for API information since searching is a huge time saver, but online references only delve as deep as a simplistic example often leaving the general purpose and even usefulness of a function unexplained. The jQuery Reference Guide puts those questions to rest and explains how functions work and how supplying various options may change the effect of the function. I found most of the information valuable and an excellent way to quickly learn more about the jQuery library. I am also pleased to see many underused functions like $.grep recieve some attention. I've worked on the jQuery core and UI project. I can attest that both Jonathan and Karl know what they are talking about and do a great job of translating geek into English.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Farrar on August 8, 2007
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Javascript is pretty simple. DOM mastery is a bear to conquer. jQuery is a best of breed solution that has been missing good docs that covered the subject in an A to Z fashion. I have used prototype and scriptaculous and loved them. Being set with something that was working for me this was not an easy sale. So casually I would look at it a little more now and then. I became a jQuery convert but was frustrated with having good enough documentation to do what I wanted without trying to decode the core library. That is exactly what this book is about! Core concepts, extremely good coverage... and a super JS library. Look out DOM, your match is here.
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By Luca on March 16, 2011
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This book is not good for first comers in the jQuery world. The reference is sometimes not really precise and too quick, but I really like one thing: a full analysis of the jQuery API performance.

So: read it if you already know jQuery and want to write better scripts.
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