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WordPress 3.0 jQuery Paperback – September 24, 2010
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About the Author
Tessa Blakeley Silver's background is in print design and traditional illustration. She evolved over the years into web and multi-media development, where she focuses on usability and interface design. Prior to starting her consulting and development company hyper3media (pronounced hyper-cube media) http://hyper3media.com, Tessa was the VP of Interactive Technologies at eHigherEducation, an online learning and technology company developing compelling multimedia simulations, interactions, and games that met online educational requirements like 508, AICC, and SCORM. She has also worked as a consultant and freelancer for J. Walter Thompson and The Diamond Trading Company (formerly known as DeBeers) and was a Design Specialist and Senior Associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers' East Region Marketing department. Tessa authors several design and web technology blogs. Joomla! Template Design is her first book.
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Top Customer Reviews
The only reason I didn't give it a full five stars is I felt there were a couple of exercises that ended up a bit buggy, but not enough so that the reader couldn't understand the main purpose of the lesson. Also there was no downloadable code for the book, which is unordinary for a technical manual. That said, I've garnered as much value from this book as I have others which I've rated a full five stars.
Despite having been written for WP 3.0, I didn't find anything in the book incompatible or deprecated for use in WP 3.3. I particularly liked the tutorial on running 2 loops to build the jQuery UI tabs, the tutorial on building an animated graph from static HTML, and the lesson on mashing up 2 different plugins to build a state of the art registration form.
The book features lessons on all the technologies a designer/developer needs to work with Wordpress, from jQuery, Wordpress loops and template hierarchies, to PHP, to HTML and CSS.
I highly recommend this title to anyone serious about Wordpress.
Frankly, I do not as yet fully understand all of the material provided. While working my way through it, I highlighted key passages and compiled several pages of notes. This will facilitate, indeed expedite review of key points later. (I have also inserted a number of question marks!) I like the format strategy: Explain clusters of sequential tasks or issues that comprise a step-by-step process that begins with the first chapter and concludes with the appendix. These are among the focal points per chapter:
1: Core fundamentals, essential tools, background, and essentials
2: Getting jQuery into WordPress (WP), and creating first setup
Note: Three jQuery "secret weapons" are provided in the second chapter to improve and enhance using selectors and filters, manipulating CSS and elements in the DOM, and working with events and effects, respectively.
3: Two ways to "plugin" jQuery, WP theme basics, and WP plugin basics
4. Seamless event registration, getting set up, and form validation
5. jQuery animation basics, "grabbing" attention, "deeper" into animation
6. Understanding jQuery UI plugin, enhancing effects and user interface
7. AJAX primer, getting started with AJAX functionality
8. Code arsenal, "tips and tricks" re working in WP and jQuery
Then a "jQuery and WordPress Reference Guide" is provided in the Appendix and I especially appreciated the material provided in Pages 274-288 ("Getting the Most Out of WordPress"). Technical wizards may not need such reviews and reminders but I certainly do.
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touches on a number of topics explaining them in
very clear manner that make a lot of sense.
Something that I find missing from a great many
The book has an easy flow to it, and gives the
reader a very solid understanding how the pieces
fit together. After reading this book, the combination
of WordPress 3.0 and jQuery working together has an
amazing powerful synergistic effect where the total is
far greater than just the sum of its parts.
I strongly recommend this book.