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A Smarter Way to Learn jQuery: Learn it faster. Remember it longer. (Volume 3) Paperback – February 20, 2016
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Mark Meyers does a brilliant job in leveraging technology to get you to learn jQuery in the most efficient method I have seen possible. He takes the approach of start small, learn a little at a time, and immediately apply what you have learned. This is very similar to the approach used in mathematics -- read some theory, do a LOT of novel practice problems, and read more theory to understand it better. This way, you ultimately LEARN and RETAIN it better. Then you can start using it in your own projects. And at that point, you REALLY learn it. Tutorials or guides I have used for jQuery seem to be an uninspiring rehash of the API, instead of giving you tools to actually learn the material. This book should give you a strong foundation to build from, whether it be jumping right into the API or reading a more comprehensive guide.
So, Why do I like it better? Well, I am little bit embarrassed to say this, as I have always considered myself to be a pretty good typist, but coding has me hitting buttons and button combinations I simply have never had to hit before. With other learning approaches I feel like this reality is just skipped over. Yes, I find the keys eventually, but I want to fly. I need to be able to think about what I'm doing not worrying about where my fingers are. If for no other reason than that, this is the place to start...
BUT... BUT... there is definitely more. The way he builds on chapters in this JQuery book is perfect. I moved quickly through each chapter and only became bored after completing a few chapters too many (breaks are necessary for any learning obviously)... As each new exercise appears, you'll apply things you learned from previous chapters on top of the new information, and it feels pretty damn good when you don't have to reference the old chapters because you remember it. I almost never had to look backwards to go forwards.
Now, I just need a Smarter way to Learn Python... and Swift... And Java.
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.