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ISBN-13: 978-1449316990 ISBN-10: 1449316999 Edition: 1st

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Eric Sarrion has written on Rails, HTML and CSS, J2EE, and JavaScript for O'Reilly France. He manages a small training and development company.

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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449316999
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449316990
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,426,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By R. Friesel Jr. on April 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
Eric Sarrion's "jQuery UI" (published by O'Reilly) is a beginner-to-intermediate level overview of the jQuery UI library and its widgets. [1] Sarrion walks through these widgets one-by-one, chapter-by-chapter, offering a description for each, elaborating on the UI problem that each is designed to solve, and then detailing the API for each of these widgets. Each chapter is constructed after this pattern, illustrating how to setup your mark-up to best work with these widgets, how to initialize and interact with each widget type, and then showing some example implementations of varying degrees of sophistication.

If you are a JavaScript novice, or else are new to jQuery or its UI library, then Sarrion's book is a good for getting up and running fast. Each chapter is reasonably self-contained--e.g., if you just need to learn the ins and outs of the jQuery UI dialog(), then you can blow through chapter 4 in about 15 minutes and pick up enough to create a reasonably sophisticated modal dialog. Each chapter includes a series of tables that provide a quick reference for each method/widget's available options, methods, and events. Further, the example code at the end of each chapter is a valuable way to get some ideas about how to put each widget into action. [2] These explanations and examples are easier to digest than the documentation [3] and examples that are otherwise available in the jQueryUI.com demos.

That being said, if you *are* a web development professional with sophisticated JavaScript knowledge, you may find yourself grinding your teeth all over the place here. And that's not just because we're talking about an elementary introduction to a popular UI widget library with an almost brain-dead-simple API.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Harback on July 16, 2012
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Taking the popular JQuery one step further, JQuery UI is a Javascript library that makes doing all the things I enjoy about making a Web site dead easy. Datepickers? Easy. Drag and Drop? Hardly any effort at all! Radio buttons? Not a problem. All of things it does have been done with varying success elsewhere, but (at least in my opinion) never quite as easily.

So when I had the opportunity to review Eric Sarrion's "JQuery UI" book from O'Reilly Media, I fell upon it with glee. And Mr. Sarrion does't disappoint. The book is somewhat slim at 244 print pages (I reviewed the electronic version) but it hits every part of the topic well. For each of the elements available in JQuery UI, he goes through and starts with the basics: You'll set up, for example, a tab set using exactly one line of Javascript code, along with the requisite HTML of course. Then you'll examine how tabs are formatted; Mr. Sarrion provides the Firebug-retrieved HTML that will help him (and of course the reader) add custom formatting to their existing code to, for example, change the background color of the tab header. After this the author discusses the actual code itself and various options that may be used to manage the element being discussed; tabs, for example, may be disabled or accompanied by an effect. Lastly, and where appropriate, the author will explore the more advanced aspects of the topic, like handling events and dynamically creating content based on user input and so on.

Mr. Sarrion's writing is concise, sober, and friendly, but never familiar. He doesn't dig into years of Javascript history, because it doesn't matter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Prouty on May 2, 2013
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I purchased the Kindle iPad version. There is no source code or example files. What code is incorporated can spread across multiple pages. I returned it.
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The book is well structured and resembles more technical documentation rather than traditional book. Each chapter is dedicated to a particular widget: button, progress bar, slider, etc. The structure of the content inside each chapter is nearly the same: it starts with definition of the widget, then describes its components by using HTML, then the consurctor method, the bind() method, and finally some more comprehensive examples of how to use the widgets.
To me it looks like normal technical documentation that should accompany any product-grade project, which jQuery UI claims to be. However, if you visit project's web page you won't find such documentation. There is only API reference, which is more appropraite for an experienced jQuery developer. So I would agree with one reviewer from Amazon who said this book is just for beginners. And I will add: this whole library is just for beginners.
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Eric Sarrion is the greatest plagiatist of our days. The book is nothing but copy&paste from official web site of jQuery UI. The true size of book is about 50 pages, the rest is dublicaed sample code (two 20 lines each sample codes are different by SINGLE line but despite the fact they both will exist). Actually all samples include 8 lines of SAME declaration... even text in each chapter repeats as all 13 widgets described use the same syntax but author keeps repeating them... The last hope was practical examples but all CUSTOM styling was: change font size, color and font family... I have no idea for what I paid my money? Whole book was finished in less than 3 hours...
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