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jQuery: Novice to Ninja [Paperback]

Earle Castledine , Craig Sharkie
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March 10 2010 0980576857 978-0980576856 1

jQuery: Novice to Ninja is a compilation of best-practice jQuery solutions to meet the most challenging JavaScript problems. In this question-and-answer book on jQuery, you'll find a cookbook of ready-to-go solutions to help breathe life into your web page.

Topics covered include: - Scrolling, Resizing and Animating Webpage elements - Backgrounds, Slideshows, and Crossfaders - Menus, Tabs, and Panels - Buttons, Fields, and Controls - Lists, Trees, and Tables - Frames, Windows, and Dialogs - Adding interactivity with Ajax - Using the jQuery User Interface Themeroller - Writing your own jQuery plug-ins

All code used to create each solution is available for download and guaranteed to be simple, efficient and cross-browser compatible.


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About the Author

Sporting a Masters in Information Technology and a lifetime of experience on the "web of hard knocks", Earle Castledine (Mr Speaker) holds an interest in everything to do with computers. A Senior Systems Analyst and JavaScript expert - he is equally happy in the muddy pits of .NET code as in the fluffy fields of client-side interaction development. Co-creator of the client-side opus TurnTubelis, Earle recognizes the Internet not as a lubricant for social change, but as a vehicle for unleashing frivolous ECMAScript gadgets and interesting time-wasting technologies.

Craig Sharkie's intricate knowledge of best-practice JavaScript is apparent in his writing. He began his jQuery journey as a Fine Arts graduate turned programmer, and has successfully worked with some of the Web's biggest names. Craig discovered JavaScript in 1995 and has been an evangelist for the "good parts" since then. This is your chance to benefit from Craig's extensive experience.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Sept. 17 2011
By DevGuy
Format:Paperback
Book starts off with simple ideas to get you going. What I don't like about the book is that it tends to gloss over some details leaving you to figure out what some of the syntax means. This doesn't happen often, but when it does it's annoying.

I rate this book average, I would still recommend you get a copy to get you going with JQuery. If you're a hacker you can pick-up other things once the basics are mastered.

I am a C++ developer with over 10 years experience, I've hacked with ruby on rails and have not worked much with CSS or javascript. If you do a lot of coding with CSS & Javascript, then I am sure you will pick up things really quickly with JQuery.
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2.0 out of 5 stars For designers not programmer May 22 2012
Format:Paperback
My work is mostly on the server side and with the increasingly dynamic roll of pages I need to produce services but also show that they work. So I've been drawn into, what I've surprisingly found to be the fun world of JavaScript. I've read K&Rs ANSI C, Stroustrup's C++ book, Larry Wall's Perl, JavaScript the Good parts (An excellent book btw)... Now I was not expecting this book to be on par with those but nor was I prepared for what I found.

I did not expect the book to function well as a reference (it has no value as a reference, that I'm certain) but I wanted it as a tutorial but the shear bulk of nauseatingly useless text makes that a miserable experience. After only owning it for a few weeks I decided to give it to a web designer because the book does have a lot of pictures and does show a few interesting jQuery UI features. This awareness of the tools is important for aspiring designers... So as a picture book illustrating current web capabilities it had some redeeming value.

In conclusion if you are a professional programmer this is not the book for you. As a hobby programmer looking to increase your design awareness and give you a gentile introduction to the shallow end of the pool, maybe it's okay.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent May 24 2010
By A. Chen
Format:Paperback
JQuery Novice to Ninja is probably one of the best written and designed books out there for novice jQuery users. I had purchased other software and programming books and quickly became confused and frustrated. However, this book is well worth the money; it covers enough information for anyone wanting to use jQuery in their websites; the resources as well as the examples used are up-to-date which is often not the case with other programming/software books. I purchased this book after reading the reviews from others who had purchased it from the amazon.com site; they were right. Anyone who would like to use jQuery in their websites should have this book on their bookshelf.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book to start with April 10 2010
By A. DiMauro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have to agree with other reviews, this is an excellent book to start learning jQuery. Not that there aren't other excellent jQuery books, but the best ones out there are getting a little dated. If you are just starting, not only is this book easy to read and understand, with lots of great examples, but it's also up to date with jQuery version 1.4.

They start with an already functional html site, and then add jQuery to it to spice it up. For all new web developers out there, this is the way to do it! JavaScript/jQuery should be put in last only after you have a functional site, for those people without JavaScript support (especially screen readers for the blind). This book follows best-practices and I commend them for it. It's the book I wish I had when I first tried to learn jQuery. Get it. You won't be disappointed.

It's so easy to 'write' (i.e. copy/paste) bad JavaScript, as the web has been plagued with for so many years. But, as frameworks like jQuery start to gain tremendous popularity, that trend is changing. There really is no sense in 'reinventing the wheel'. Use jQuery, or another framework. What I like about jQuery is that it makes so many things easy, and leverages CSS syntax so you have less to learn.

It seems that this book is selling fast, as of this writing it says 1 to 4 months shipping time! Also, I'm not sure why Sitepoint books tend to have such a small discount on Amazon. Sitepoint likes to get people to buy books direct from them. Not sure why. It seems to be available faster on their web site. I have an eBook version. As of this writing, they are running a 5-for-1 eBook promotion on the Sitepoint web site. But, I got mine through my subscription to Safari Books Online, which I highly recommend.

If you are just starting, or even just want a reference for the jQuery basics, this book is the one to have.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The superior jquery intro book April 6 2010
By timazon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have several jQuery books, but this is the one that truly helped me understand how everything works.
Extremely readable, with excellent samples that are clearly explained.

There is no comparison between this and, for example, Learning jQuery 1.3 (after reading, I still didn't get it).

Note: to get the source code, go to sitepoint ([...]) and enter your email address as if you'd ordered from their site. They won't find a match so will ask you to type in the last word from one of the chapters, then they'll email you a link to download the source.
29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for learning but not for reading at lunch Aug. 9 2010
By Garry L. Freemyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you are a total rank beginner to jQuery and do not understand CSS that well this book is like a ride that starts out smoothly gets but is missing a few safety straps, so you flop around in confusion, but if you can endure the confusion you will finally GET it, and the ride will be worth it. Persevere and you will end up being a ninja.

The book gets you excited over all the great things you can do with jQuery but the title contains a bit of truth that should serve as a warning.

The minimum skill level is you must be a novice NOT a rank beginner with jQuery. Some minimum skill, knowledge is expected. You should also know something about CSS. If you are and old CSS hand, that alone should get you by just fine.

If you understand CSS your journey through this book will be much easier.

Omissions and a few errors produced a lot of head scratching. These omissions would probably not be noticed by someone who is used to CSS. The book builds on previous concepts so if you do not understand something it is necessary to stop and do research until you do, or at least feel you sort of get it, or the confusion will only grow.

Snippets were the biggest problem. It was not clear were to put the snippets, new code was not well differentiated from code that was already there previously.

I myself, like to go out to lunch, nursing a cup and sit somewhere away from home distractions to read and learn but the learning curve became very steep due to omissions and some errors. I found it necessary to go home and look at the downloaded code or reported errata to find the missing info. Sometimes it was not clear where to put a code snippet, sometimes there were errors. In the chapter on animation queue - A difficult chapter for me - there was this comment that said a particular animation would NOT run but I could not see why it would not run and finally had to concede that this comment was in error, and sure enough the author confirmed it when I submitted it as a possible error.

Normally I read through a book at about 100-200 pages an hour, but this book had me re-reading to make sense of things so much that I would say my average reading rate was down to six pages an hour.

The good thing is that the book IS WORTH THE CONFUSION. Once I started actually USING the book for doing sites everything started falling into place in my mind. This also paved the way for me when I started out with applying CSS to my site. I found out how fun and cool CSS was because jQuery selectors uses CSS style selector syntax. Selectors is a fundamental part of both and by learning one will greatly help you in learning the other. %90 of it is identical.

This book remains on my shelf as a frequent reference, and I am in the process of reading it again, this time being able to understand it a lot more.

So, when reading this book as your first exposure to jQuery and are only a novice to CSS I recommend that you do your reading with a computer handy. Do NOT give up!

And by all means, practice these things.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and fun way to master jQuery March 17 2010
By Bernard Farrell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
jQuery Novice to Ninja is an extremely readable introduction to learning and using jQuery on your website. It's an introduction because jQuery, and the assorted plugins, can't be covered in a single book.

This enjoyable read provides lots of code snippets that show you how to use jQuery to manipulate the browser DOM, inserting, adding or animating elements. Want to use Ajax? That's also in here. The book also covers: form and tree construction; images and slideshows; menus, tabbing and tooltips. In short everything you need to build a slick web 2.0 like website.

The code samples available on the web site for the book provide you an easy way to experiment with changing calls to see what the result look like, for example the section on animations and easing. The illustrations are excellent and help in understanding the examples and explanations.

This is the book for you if you want to transform a web site with dynamic responses and customizations. I recommend it highly.
27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book - No Code Download... July 13 2010
By R. Vignato - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I just wanted to tell everyone that there is no code download off the books' support site.
You're required to submit a request for the code to be sent to you, but it never arrives. (I have a Gmail account and I checked my Spam)

Their support site has a FAQ section that states:

"I requested the code archive and didn't receive any email. What now?
The email should arrive within 10 minutes. If it has not arrived by then, check your spam filter to see if the email was filtered. You can try requesting the code archive again with a different email address, if you have one."

What a PITA... Can't they just post the code like WROX or Apress?
Had I known this before hand, I would have gotten a different book on jQuery, which is my advice.

Robert
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