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Learning jQuery, Third Edition 3rd Revised ed. Edition

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Jonathan Chaffer

Jonathan Chaffer is a member of Rapid Development Group, a web development firm located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His work there includes overseeing and implementing projects in a wide variety of technologies, with an emphasis in PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript. He also leads on-site training seminars on the jQuery framework for web developers.

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.

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Karl Swedberg is a web developer at Fusionary Media in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he spends much of his time making cool things happen with JavaScript. As a member of the jQuery team, Karl is responsible for maintaining the jQuery API site at api.jquery.com. He also publishes tutorials on his blog, learningjquery.com, and presents at workshops and conferences. When he isn't coding, Karl likes to hang out with his family, roast coffee in his garage, and exercise at the local cross-fit gym.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing; 3rd Revised ed. edition (September 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849516545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849516549
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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By C. Lung on November 21, 2011
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Chapter 1: Getting Started

The book starts off with a quick introduction to jQuery, what it does and why it works so well. As the authors point out one of the great things you learn about jQuery right away is that it abstracts away browser quirks for you. With most browsers putting out a new version every few months this becomes a solid benefit for using jQuery.

The chapter includes an example (the HTML in the sample has been updated to HTML5) to inject a new CSS class to a particular DIV on the page. They demonstrate how this could be done without jQuery using plain JavaScript so you can see how much time jQuery saves you in terms of the amount of code you would need to write otherwise.

The chapter finishes off with a quick mention and demo (using Firebug) of some tools you can use to help work with jQuery more efficiently when your writing code.

Chapter 2: Selecting Elements

The basics are laid out in this chapter like the DOM and how HTML pages are structured, the $() function, CSS selectors and custom selectors. Each topic is shown either in code or an image to better represent it to the reader. The code examples are easy yet practical and even a beginner in HTML/JavaScript shouldn't have much of a problem following along. The sub-topics in the chapter are then used to introduce things like DOM traversal methods (their example of styling specific cells is useful), chaining, and ends off with accessing DOM elements.

Chapter 3: Handling Events

Towards the start of this chapter there is a good hint they mention regarding putting your style tags before the script tags in your HTML page, that way you know your page has been styled before any script has been run.
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The best book about jQuery I found so far:
* Very helpful for beginners and mid-skilled web developers
* Easy to read, good explanation of material
* Whole book is build around real-life samples (not just documentation interpretation like in most other books)
* Nice reference of main jQuery methods and properties at the end of book... still use it all the time

Huge "thank you" to the authors!

PS: one of the rare good technical books in our days

PPS (Dec 2012): After JQuery UI 1.9 release this book is a little bit out of date on API. Definitely will buy next edition of this book after jQuery UI API 2.0 release.
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I have purchased and read three or four jQuery books and this is hands down the most complete.

Other books step through simple examples of jQuery selectors, method syntax and usage. The authors of "Learning jQuery" take a different approach by building example pages up from bare html and adding and refining jQuery functionality as they go. For the most part this approach works for me. I can always look up specific jQuery methods elsewhere if I need another viewpoint or additional information.

I changed my mind and rated the book at five stars vs four. Originally I was going to ding it a star for not being as comprehensive as the website. But you can't pack it all into a finite set of pages, and that in my mind is the one weakness (minor) of the approach the authors took. The jQuery website is the go to resource for a complete listing of jQuery functions. The book is an excellent companion to the website.
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I'm learning jQuery for the first time. This book walks you step-by-step through many many intricacies and details of jQuery, all the while keeping a clear eye on good development techniques as well as providing advanced behind-the-scenes info. And it's all written in an easy-to-follow style that is engaging and thorough.

And perhaps the most important aspect of all: the examples WORK! The examples are very well developed, detailed, and build up from section to section. Quite often the author shows you 2-3 different ways of accomplishing the same task, along with recommendations on which one to choose and why.

I couldn't be happier with the book, with the exception I found the appendix info on Closures to be rather hard to understand. However, this is a GREAT book and one I will be using for a long, long time.

Do note that this is for jQuery 1.4, and currently jQuery is now at version 1.8. Some methods, such as .bind(), .live() are deprecated already in favor of the .on() method. But you can't expect a print book to keep pace with a rapidly developing online open source project.

If you're on the fence about this amazing reference book, DON'T BE! BUY IT!
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Summary: Great book. Effective instruction. I recommend it highly.

I bought this book to help me get up to speed on jQuery for my job. I've also got access to high quality training videos online, and Codecademy has an OK jQuery training module. I also frequent the jQuery site as I puzzle through how to do things, being the novice that I am.

With that said, I'm halfway through this book, and I've learned so much. This is an excellent book with thorough (but not boring) instruction. The authors don't just explain; they build code and show you the results as you progress through each chapter. It is a perfect balance of explanation, demonstration, and relevance. If you want to get serious about jQuery, consider buying this book, reading through it, and keeping it as a reference book for some really versatile code samples and best practices.

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I finished the book, and everything still holds true. I frequently use Learning jQuery as a handy reference now. The front of the book says "Community Knowledge Distilled," and that's no exaggeration. This book will ramp up your jQuery effectiveness and show you very powerful ways to use this free JavaScript library to create dynamic user interfaces on your website with about 95% less code.
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