A Smarter Way to Learn jQuery: Learn it faster. Remember it longer. (Volume 3) 1st Edition
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- Item Weight : 1.03 pounds
- Paperback : 264 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1523986468
- ISBN-13 : 978-1523986460
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (February 20, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #409,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I don't know Mark Myers personally, but it is obvious that he cares about his readers. This is communicated through his great learning design and the way he interacts with his readers. I'm a huge fan of his work and his process for engaging with learners. In summary, there is so much you can learn from his 3 great books, but probably even more you can learn by paying attention to what he's actually doing to share his knowledge with the world.
I was a little concerned when I set out on this book that it would be similar to the others where a lot of information is dumped in a few pages and it is left up to the reader to figure out how to apply the examples. Or in many cases, the author will provide an ongoing example that may or may not work when actually coded using current tools. This is not the case with A Smarter Way to Learn jQuery.
Mark does an excellent job of providing small bite size code to learn in each chapter. Each chapter builds on prior material, introducing a new concept. The examples are good. The exercises at the end of each chapter are really designed to reinforce what is discussed in the capture. The exercises don't intimidate, but help illustrate what you should be able to code up to that point. The "live" coding experience also reinforces what you should be able to code "out-of-your-head" in a real live editor.
Because the chapters are small and meant to be consumed in short bursts, this book is a great way to develop jQuery skills for persons who may not have a lot of time to devote to the subject in a single sitting.
One thing to note is that the exercises need to be run from a laptop or desktop. They don't run on a tablet or smartphone. In my case, I have the Kindle edition. This allows me to read two or three chapters on my tablet when I am away from my desk and then when I am at my desk, work through the exercises from those chapters.
If you just want some hardcore dump of information, w3schools has some great free material. In my case, I prefer this approach to being deeply rooted in the technology and using W3cschools for reference and reinforcement.
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Each chapter is very, very brief and you have to focus to understand the concepts, but the free exercises that go with this book will ensure that you have understood the concepts. Whilst I am not a frontend developer, and never will be, this book has really helped me appear to be more knowledgable and I can come up with solutions rather than waiting for others to do it for me. I have had a conference call with a supplier and was able to *prove* that what they wanted to do was feasible within 20 mins of being given a problem. This afternoon, in the middle of an email conversation, I went into Chrome and typed in some jQuery I learned yesterday and showed that we could squeeze in some time to set up an experience for marketing when they were told that there weren't enough resources to do it. And I am only a third of the way through.
I have docked 1 star because there are a couple of typos on the exercises, but I have emailed the author about these and they will get corrected. Plus I never trust 5 star reviews. This is the best investment that I have made in a long, long time. If you work with developers and can commit to sitting down to practice regularly then it will be a good investment for you too. If you don't know HTML or CSS then I would recommend getting the "A Smarter Way to Learn HTML and CSS" first as this will make following the exercises in the book a lot easier.