- Paperback: 428 pages
- Publisher: Packt Publishing; 3 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: 29 customer reviews
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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!
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.
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.
I did not read the book cover to cover. I jumped around from chapter to chapter, but it was still easy for me to pick up what I needed to learn.
You should buy this book if:
OR if you want to learn AJAX. I have 3 books just on AJAX and none are as good as this book. If there is a better way to use AJAX than using jQuery, I have yet to find it and this book is an excellent choice for teaching you AJAX. It is worth buying as a stand alone AJAX book, HOWEVER, that section does assume some prior knowledge of server side coding.
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