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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2011
I just finished reading the eBook version of "jQuery UI 1.8: The User Interface Library for jQuery". I do a fair amount of work with jQuery on pa daily basis so I read this book with a pretty good understanding already of how jQuery in general works as well as how to work with jQuery UI. With that said, I learned a lot more from this book than I was expecting. This book has helped me become a better developer with much more knowledge now of jQuery UI than I had before.

The books starts off with a good introduction and how to get up and running with jQuery and jQuery UI for those that are new. The structure of the library is explained as well as what the theme roller is, etc. The basics of how to use the library are covered like events and callbacks which set you up the for the rest of the book's contents.

The second chapter delves into the guts of how jQuery UI works and honestly it is very detailed and will get you up to speed pretty fast. The core css functionality is explained as well as common questions like: what is a widget, creating widgets, as well as how to style them, etc. You learn invaluable things like how to quickly switch themes or overriding a particular theme.

The remainder of the book deals with the actual jQuery UI widgets and how to use them, each one is complete with example code and good screenshots to get a visual idea of what to expect from the widget. The book ends off with UI effects which of course can give your web apps the "kick" they need to get some good visual appeal. For me the chapter on the Datepicker widget was a great help and gave some good information on how to properly hook it up and what additional features could be used.

I don't often give a five star rating on Amazon for any book, this book however deserves it in my opinion. The book is as rock solid as it gets and the information packed into 14 chapters (about 400 pages) makes for a good learning experience as well as a good reference.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2012
This book was helpful in getting me up to speed with the jQuery UI library. I had a couple of problems with it though. After about chapter 6, I started noticing quite a few bugs in the sample code contained in the book. One quick example:

var progress = $("#myProgressbar");
$("<span >", {
//some css here
}).appendTo(""progress);

If you copy the code as-is, it won't work because (""progress) is not legal in this instance (if it ever is). If you change the above snippet to read

var progress = $("#myProgressbar");
$("<span >", {
//some css here
}).appendTo(progress);

then it will work as expected. These little annoyances are all over the place and can make reading this book very frustrating.

One other complaint I had was it lists all the CSS in the book. This really isn't necessary as the book is about the jQuery UI library and not about CSS and I feel like the CSS was thrown in there as filler content and distracts from the purpose of the examples. Especially since the full code for the book is available for download from the publishers site.

That said, I would not recommend this book. I feel that what you learn from it could just as easily be learned with the examples and documentation on the jQuery UI site.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2011
I'm familiar with several of the jQuery books available and was pleasently surprised with the eBook version of "jQuery UI 1.8: The User Interface Library for jQuery". It's a rock solid introduction to the jQuery UI library and provides a comprehensive overview of its features.

Beyond just describing each of the widgets, this book dives into the foundations for how the widgets are built. This empowers the reader to build their own widgets in the jQuery UI style, which is a common use case.

I'll be adding this book to my list that I recommend to people who use jQuery daily, or are just getting started with it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2011
I use jQuery on a regular basis as part of my web business and we use it to provide a lot of functionality for our site. Many moons ago I tried using the first pre-release versions of jQuery UI and it was buggy, incomplete and unstable which drove us to use Ext JS. To revisit the framework through this robust book has us filling whiteboard after whiteboard with how we're going to improve the user experience of our application with the UI controls. The book did an excellent job of guiding me from the big picture down to the nitty gritty details of how to use the individual widgets. I particularly liked the pragmatic examples which are relevant to real-world use cases and easy to digest.

They used to say about jQuery something like "it makes writing Javascript fun". This book makes getting up to speed with jQuery UI fun and there aren't many books you can say that about. There's no doubt our app will be improved using what we've learned.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2013
This is a good beginner's book covering JQuery UI. The examples are useful and the author writes in an easy-to-read fashion. You could get the same info online but it's more helpful when the information is presented as it is in this book - as to teach, not just technical documentation of the API.
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on May 12, 2013
I was stumped on drag and drop. Excellent documentation and code examples saved me. Well worth the money. Just the right amount of tables defining each option; understandable narrative and the right amount of images.
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I had no experience with jQuery when I was assigned to code additional web pages for a system that used it extensively. It proved to be well worth the money. It arrived on time and I used it a lot.
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on November 15, 2014
Good book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2012
Simple and objective. A good reading to start programming with jquery UI. Each resource is explained with samples that can be used as templates for your own projects.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2013
the important concepts that this book combined for me was the connection of css with the implementation of the jquery UI objects. I was not truly aware of the dependence but learned about how to work both together.
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