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Learn the framework to create innovative, standards-based websites

If you want to create standards-based, interactive websites, you need to be able to take advantage of one of the hottest emerging web development technologies available. This book gives you the hard-core jQuery chops you'll need to solve whatever problems the web throws at you. It focuses on the core library and how to integrate jQuery into your web pages. You'll then dive into applying jQuery in the real world by learning how to use jQuery UI, plugin development, templates, JavaScript design patterns and more. With this information, you'll be able to simplify the critical tasks needed to build interactive websites.

Professional jQuery:

  • Explains how to manipulate DOM elements and work with data

  • Covers steps for working with HTML forms, AJAX, and JSON

  • Provides you with the skills to animate elements and CSS properties to create eye-catching effects

  • Demonstrates how to extend jQuery using battle-tested best practices for jQuery plugin development

  • Provides you with best practices for writing effective jQuery code, optimizing your site, and extending JavaScript® Objects

Wrox Professional guides are written by working developers to address everyday needs. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

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About the Author

Cesar Otero is a freelance web developer currently living in Mountain View, California, and his technical interests include Python, Django, JavaScript, and jQuery. He occasionally contributes articles to IBM's developer works and holds a degree in electrical engineering from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico.

Rob Larsen has more than 12 years' experience as a front end engineer and team leader, building websites and applications for some of the world's biggest brands. He is currently a Senior Specialist, Platform at Sapient Global Markets. Rob is an active writer and speaker on web technology with a special focus on emerging standards like HTML5, CSS3, and the ongoing evolution of JavaScript.


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Nothing more than a subset of online API docs April 28 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Really had high hopes for this title, after examining the table of contents. But the contents are bare bones, and it appeared to me, to be a partial subset of the online API documentation for jQuery and some relevant plugins. Yes, there is a rudimentary chapter on Javascript, but it adds nothing to the knowledge store of an already experienced developer, and would be totally insufficient (unlike Crockford's *Javascript: The Good Parts*, which the chapter specifically references).

Furthermore, there are some major print annoyances -- such as every code listing includes a large text and graphic image indicating code blurb is available for download at wrox.com. Was that really necessary? Could not that have been specified in the book introduction/prefix, where to download the example code? And most of the examples were so simple and basic, even more remedial than the online docs at [...] (or at any of the plugin topics like jQuery templates, QUnit, etc....).

I really feel ripped off of $20-30 for purchasing this title, cannot recall the exact amount I paid on the Amazon order...
More of an Introduction to jQuery Jan. 7 2013
By George - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Found this book more than an introduction to jQUERY than anything else. It does cover a wide range of content, but it does not seem to go into depth as much as I would've liked. I think this book would be a fine choice for someone who doesn't have a great deal of knowledge or experience with jQuery.
Some reviewers have noted that there is a wealth of information about jQuery online and someone looking at a particular area of jQuery would probably be better served going online. The book strength lies in that it offers a wealth of information that the reader may not have thought about before. For me it was chapter 14 - "Unit Testing with Qunit".
I would give this book between three stars and four stars because of the lack of depth on the subject matters.
I would recommend this book for someone who is looking for a good introduction into jQuery before they move on to all the online resources that are available.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Save your money Dec 31 2012
By Jeff C - Published on Amazon.com
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There are better resources online and this book has little to offer a person who actually knows jQuery and is looking for an advanced resource to better their skills.

If you haven't worked with jQuery before then you will benefit from reading this book but if you have, save your money and do your research online.

I would have rated this book higher but I feel there are too many five star reviews so I'm rating it one star.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book May 31 2012
By Jim Briggs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Well written, just the right amount of information and depth for me. Too many books drone on for 900 pages about stuff that you'll never use. The more advanced stuff (optimization, app structuring, etc) was just what I was looking for. So now go off and write an advanced JQuery mobile. (I didn't mind the numerous spelling mistakes :)
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great book when it comes to JavaScript for modern needs May 7 2012
By Cydonia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a great book to have on the shelf if your project calls for the latest and greatest approaches to jQuery. This goes beyond the simple "Make me a slider!" kind of stuff and explains things in a way that will help you explain how to use the technology beyond a pre-made plug-in.


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