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jQuery: Visual QuickStart Guide 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0321647498
ISBN-10: 0321647491
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (July 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321647491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321647498
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,028,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on August 6, 2009
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I'm glad I bought this book. It serves as it's title suggests, giving you a quick, painless start to using jQuery. The book's general layout is to use a single page to show you the functionality of a single jQuery method. Don't expect to see any in-depth description with this book. You'll definitely want to read another or do some online work after reading it, but after you finish this book, you will realize that jQuery is not as intimidating as you may have thought, which will make your reading of subsequent jQuery books easier.

I didn't expect this to be an entirely satisfying reference on the subject, but what really irritated me is that this book is chock full of errors that should have been caught before it was published. Most of the errors won't prevent the scripts from running, and in the cases where it would, if you have any experience with html, you'll realize the error as you're typing the script. For instance, for most of the first half of the book, a script is used that creates a button so that you can test the jQuery method being covered. Time after time after time, the code for the button didn't include a closing bracket... easy enough to pick up on, but it should have been easy for a technical editor to see also. There are also a few sentences such as: "Here's something else thing you can do with jQuery wrapped sets."

This book is worth buying if you are brand new to jQuery. It will make the other books that are a little bit more heady easier to digest. If you would like to be a technical reviewer, you might want to contact Peachpit Press. Apparently, they need one.
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This installment in the Visual QuickStart series is another predictably useful volume. Like some of the other books in the VQS series this one is primarily a cookbook of code samples. Want to know how to hide an HTML element? Check pages 16-17. Want to know how to bind an event handler to an event? See pp. 82-83. Want to employ visual effects such as fading page elements in and out? Or slide elements up and down? It's all here and lots more.

The downside of this cookbook approach is that much of the book is boilerplate. As you proceed through the book, you quickly become familiar with the drill. Each two-page section covers a single jQuery feature. Each one starts with a few short paragraphs of explanation and is followed by sample code and step-by-step instructions for entering it. Some of this repetition is tedious and unnecessary. You don't need to tell a JavaScript coder to "open a text editor (such as Microsoft WordPad)..." in every example throughout the book (and there are dozens of examples). I'm pretty sure your average software developer can figure that part out on his or her own.

And most of the sample code changes little from page to page. In general, only a few lines vary with each example. Do we really need, for example, separate examples for fade in and fade out? For slide up and slide down? One wonders if there's some padding going on here. Also, there's also a lot of empty space on most pages. I've got to think that we could save a few trees by eliminating the empty space and condensing the rest down to the essentials. Granted, it's always crystal-clear the way it's presented. But the code is all available for download from the Peachpit site (which is great!).
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I don't usually trash books but the jQuery Visual QuickStart Guide comes close to a work of fiction. The problem is with the errors in the examples that really interfere with the ability of the reader to quickly and easily learn jQuery.

However, if you like challenges and puzzles this is an excellent book as it provides real life examples of "What's wrong with this picture?" (Why won't the example run.)

Sorry. Cannot recommend.
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This book is an excellent starter book for those looking to learn jQuery! I'm hooked - I've been a web designer for a couple of years now and I've been looking/waiting for something like jQuery to come along. As it takes some commonly used JavaScript functions, and breaks them down to make them VERY easy to use + cross browser compliant! This book goes from example to example - just try each one, see it work. Simple, and a great way to get started. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars was due to a couple of code typos on pages 91:

(alert(click event unbound'); $('#target').unBind('click', \ clicker); should read (alert('click event unbound'); $('#target').unBind('click', clicker);
(missing ' before click event and a unnecessary \ )

and on page 109 there is a missing ; which should follow the display: none text - But that's all I've found so far and I'm 85% done with the book.

It's not for someone completely new to web languages - you have to learn your HTML, CSS and some JavaScript first - but a nice thing to learn and add to your skills and ad cool animated content without having to be a JavaScript genius
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Luckily I got this book from my local library. If I would've spent even $5 I would've felt ripped-off. This book does not explain anything! It just shows you what a general script looks like with absolutely no explanation for real world use at all. There are so many mistakes it makes me wonder if they just pushed it out the door asap to make some quick cash from the "JQuery" name. Please take my word for it, it's horrible. [...]. I've only read 3 chapters and have already found at least one script in each chapter that does not work at all. [...] I could go on but why waste my time...
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