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From the Back Cover
What you will learn from this book
- How to install and test jQuery
Techniques to manipulate content and attributes
Ways to filter and map a selection or an array
The difference between GET and POST
How to easily show, hide, slide, and fade elements with smooth animations and transitions
Good practice for jQuery plugin development
Methods for making elements draggable
Ways to customize sortable lists
How to implement and localize a datepicker
Who this book is for
Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.
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Top Customer Reviews
Perhaps this book is great if you want a reference book to check some detail. But as a step by step instruction for beginners this book will present some major hurdles.
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The book is well laid out with chapters devoted to each of JQuery's main areas, selectors, AJAX, Manipulating the DOM, Event handling etc. etc. with numerous Appendixes that can be used as a quick reference. Each chapter has numerous examples explaining the particular JQuery concepts and constructs being discussed culminating in one big example program at the end of the chapter that brings together everything discussed in that particular chapter finally ending with a quick question exercise to make sure that the keywords and constructs discussed have truly sunk in. This is an excellent way for a beginners book to be constructed as it really hammers home what has been discussed during each chapter.
One major annoyance I have with Richards writing style however is that he comes across as a Mac snob and throughout the book takes snipes at Microsoft and especially Internet Explorer. Whilst some of this may be deserving it is off-putting and a detraction from what is ultimately a good book.
If you can gloss over the snobbishness I would actually recommend this book for beginners of JQuery. The full color screenshots highlight the various examples superbly and Richard does give you a lot of useful information without overwhelming you with every nuance of JQuery.
The only other critisism I would have is it is pretty hard to read some of the source code because of the color. I know it is something different and "pretty" but my old tired eyes were straining quite a bit.
I definately recommend this for someone who knodoesn't know JQuery, and wants to learn it.
Long winded examples, and overly obtuse code examples make it hard to follow. Instead of building on previous examples, the author often creates whole new examples on the next page. I get the feeling he was instructed to pad a 100 page book into a 500 page book. There isn't much insight on why some jQuery methods are better than their traditional JS equivalents, so I'm sometimes stuck thinking, 'why am I learning this'.
Oh, and since every page is printed in color on heavy stock paper, this book is very heavy. Not good if you are lugging it back and forth to learn on your morning commute.
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