- Series: Animal Guide
- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (December 6, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596159773
- ISBN-13: 978-0596159771
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cody Lindley, editor of jQuery Cookbook, brings together over a dozen contributors, all of them key people in jQuery's ongoing development process. Each focuses on subjects they've worked with and often helped create.
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In one case a text document was offered that simply listed disembodied code snippets, an afterthought at best. If I were an expert I would not need to avail myself of these books. The sub-text or vibe that I got is that some of the chapter authors had better things to do and showed their disdain for such enterprises by proffering as little guidance as possible. If I were a would be surgeon tasked with performing a surgery based upon the writings of some of the chapters, the patient would be DOA.
Once again, I do not profess to be a "coding" savant. If I were, I would have no use for how-to guides. In closing, some chapters were a real asset that advanced my understanding and appreciation of jquery. Others were a complete waste of time...more of a venue to show off the authors skill than elucidate key concepts. This book confirms what most of us all ready know from painful experience: just because you may be a subject matter expert does not necessarily make you a skilled writer, communicator, or educator!
Many of the examples isolate a single concept and use the alert box function to show how it works. You can't call it a cookbook when the recipes show you how to select certain elements and then tell the user that you've selected them. This recipe alone serves no particular purpose.
It would be much more useful if the author showed concepts working together to reach a sensible goal that one might need to accomplish in real development. The reader of this book has to do lots of back and forth to flexibly understand how to use jQuery.
On top of that, there is so much content, and the author explains concepts in so much detail that it is out of a beginner's range and patronizing for its intended audience, which is people who already have a decent grasp of the concepts in use.
A number of other reviewers say this book is appropriate for everyone, from beginner to advanced, but I would hesitate to recommend it to an absolute beginner. However, if you have some familiarity with jQuery (perhaps from reading Learning jQuery 1.3) and want to learn more, this book is a must-have.
I did wish there were a few more Ajax-related recipes.
In the end some of the chapters gave me a better insight in jquery through the cookbook approach, but for many of the chapters it is better to read the learn.jquery.com website.