- Paperback: 444 pages
- Publisher: Packt Publishing; 2nd ed. edition (February 13, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847196705
- ISBN-13: 978-1847196705
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,160,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Learning jQuery 1.3 2nd ed. Edition
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About the Author
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.
Jonathan lives in Grand Rapids with his wife, Jennifer.
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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I personally learn best by doing something - seeing a working example and then taking it apart and observing what changing something does.
This book is not very good for that. The code in the text is presented in blocks and snippets of code. There is sample code you can download, but it is all completed code after being altered through the end of the relevant chapter. The code I've looked at in the sample downloads looks NOTHING like what you see in the book.
The writers go to great lengths explaining about each new concept, but again, the example to show how the concept works is presented in a snippet and the reader is left to figure out how to add that to the existing code that has been written thus far in the chapter.
It is because of this that I DO NOT recommend this book to the beginning developer. I am at an intermediate level of programming myself and have spent way too much time trying to figure out how to add the code presented in the book to what has already been written.
There are even inconsistencies in code from one block to the next when a new concept is added. Case in point: if you have the book, compare the code on page 57 to the code it is supposed to be based on, on page 55. Whether the difference is a typo, or failure to explain the difference in code, I can't tell. Hence I spent 15 minutes trying to figure out how to add the new concept into the existing code myself.
Much of my dislike for the book is based on person learning style, but I think the writers could do a better job in providing more useful, in-context, working code.
Two drawbacks. The first one, which is significant, is that the index is below par. Very common situation: you're looking at one of the examples and you don't know what one of the jquery methods does. You'd expect to find it in the index, pointing you to where it's explained in the text. What you have tho, is a listing of all the methods at the beginning of the index pointing you to an appendix which gives terse 1-line descriptions of each. Not nearly as helpful as it could and should be. I found that I often resorted to googling a jquery method that I see in one of their examples to find out what it does (because I couldn't find it in the book, altho being sure it's there somewhere).
The second drawback is that only some of the example code is available on their website. Specifically the code for the more advanced application chapters -- Tables, Forms, and Shufflers and Rotators -- is absent. No explanation of why. An email to them promised a response which never came.
All in all tho, it is an excellent book, highly recommended if you want to learn jquery.
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Is full of interesting example, and I really liked the continuous reference to...Read more
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