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Pro jQuery (Expert's Voice in Web Development) 2012th Edition

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Adam Freeman is an experienced IT professional who has held senior positions in a range of companies, most recently serving as chief technology officer and chief operating officer of a global bank. Now retired, he spends his time writing and long-distance running.
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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in Web Development
  • Paperback: 1016 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2012 edition (February 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430240954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430240952
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #904,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Eric Esterling on July 3, 2012
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"Pro" implies that the book will teach how professionals use jQuery. That leads me to expect a lot of advice on best practices and strategies for solutions and not necessarily point by point coverage of the topic. However, the book is more of the latter. Coverage of jQuery was complete, but it lacked depth. It is okay as a hard copy of the manual. But I expected more. It is reasonably organized. But not ideally formatted for a manual. So, not the best manual, yet little more than a manual. There are some sections on bringing the concepts together, but the book should have focused more on that and less on function by function coverage. Yes, there are examples through the book, but nothing complex that you couldn't devise by opening the jQuery documentation on-line and playing with each function.

The reason I chose this book over other jQuery books is that it was one of the few based on jQuery 1.7, the current version at the time of purchase (Mar 2012) and it also had some coverage of jQuery Mobile, which is nice. It also includes jQuery UI. Again, this makes this manual quite complete. But still the depth is lacking.

The first hundred pages is a brief, not very useful review of HTML, CSS, and javascript. It is perhaps essential background material, but better covered elsewhere. That section should probably have been condensed to perhaps a dozen reference pages. Just enough to make sure the reader and author were using the same language with recommendations on where to find more.

If you like the idea of a thorough hard copy of the manual with some samples to help you through the syntax of jQuery, this book is fine. However, if you are expecting to learn how to program like a "pro," this book will leave you wanting.
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Each of the commonly used functions and properties of jQuery is fully documented with each having its own clearly articulated example program ready to run in your browser and fully explained. More importantly, the author carefully explains the many nuances and subtleties along the way. He goes out of his way to highlight potential stumbling blocks to make the learning curve less painful. Also, all source is available on-line, and most of it works.

If you are a visual learner, this is the book for you. With each sample program, a screen shot is provided, which clearly indicates the effect produced by the jQuery script.

Another area in which the author excels and differentiates himself is demonstrating through the use of simple real-world examples two exceptionally versatile and useful jQuery plugins: tmpl and validate, greatly easing the development process.

The examples in the book are real-world and especially relevant to ecommerce developers. The author even provides an animated ajax-generated progress indicator using an animated gif.

Moreover, the author covers the entire jQuery UI with just as much detail as for the jQuery core including the sample programs and screen shots. A new level of efficiency can be gained while upping web site sophistication and usability. No more guessing how this object works or how that method is called or what needs to be done to display such and such widget. You can take the examples right out of the book and tailor them to your specific needs. The heavy lifting has been done for developers, so they can remain focused on how their web site works rather than be caught up in the nitty gritty details of the interface.
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This book is good at covering almost everything there's to learn about jQuery. But only three stars because of one major flaw...the index. As a developer it is of vital importance to be able to look up certain concepts on the fly while working on a project. Something that is really hard with this book. You will spend way too much time trying to figure out under which section your particular item has been listed. Good examples, good coverage... bad, really bad index!
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Good book as a read/training book, not quick reference. As an experienced coder, when I first started using jQuery, it was only for some of the cool widgets (calendar, tabs, etc.), but once I finally took time to read the book, I was convinced to use jQuery more often rather than always coding in javascript.
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This is a good book to follow your first jQuery book. It won't hold your hand through learning the basics of JavaScript, but if you are ready to take your jQuery to a level where you can use it in the enterprise, this is a good, well-written resource.
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Adam writes in a style of a next door neighbor. He eagerly comes over because he's passionate about writing and he's careful about his craft. As I read jQuery Pro, I really appreciate his attention to detail and anticipation of my questions. Freeman is a darn good writer.

It's difficult to write about web and mobile programming because there's a potpourri of starting and ending points. This book starts and ends where I need it. I can see from some of the negative reviews that the scope isn't for them. I say, check out the Table of Contents. If the coverage is what you're looking for, you won't be disappointed. Reading jQuery Pro is not only a solid learning experience but also a joy of the art of technical writing.

So Adam, thanks for coming over. How 'bout a brewster?
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