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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: SitePoint; 1 edition (March 10 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980576857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980576856
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.4 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #462,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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 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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By DevGuy on Sept. 17 2011
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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Pocket References I've read! Feb. 7 2011
By Jim Schubert - Published on
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I've enjoyed previous books by David Flanagan and decided to read jQuery Pocket Reference. I thought I would quickly skim through the chapters because I considered myself fairly proficient in jQuery. After the first chapter and Flanagan's explanations of jQuery's method, object, and function ('a' versus 'the'), I decided to read more in-depth. I'm glad, because this is one of the best books I've read in O'Reilly's Pocket Reference library. I was surprised to have found a one which has a perfect balance between API, examples, and explanation.

For developers who want to learn jQuery, you will be able to learn nearly all you need to get started from this book. When I first heard about jQuery, I purchased a much larger book, which ended up being about 80% reprinting the API on If you're like me, and you prefer insight, hints, and gotchas which encourage you to write some code, then this book is perfect for you.

For developers familiar with jQuery, you may learn a little from this book. Flanagan covers a lot of overloads to common jQuery functions. Some of them, I never knew existed. The recent release of jQuery 1.5 has actually added more functionality than what is covered in this book.

The only thing I found a little odd about this book is how the jQuery Selectors chapter was at the end of the book. Considering jQuery is a framework for querying the DOM, using selectors, I would expect that content to be the first covered. On the other hand, as a reference, you may expect the most used content at the end of the book. Luckily, Flanagan knows what he's doing and tells you to review the Selectors chapter if you're rusty or unfamiliar.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as advertised Aug. 6 2016
By billfish - Published on
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I expected something called "pocket reference" to be a pocket reference. This is "one chapter from my much longer book JavaScript: The Definitive Guide," to quote from the preface. It is a few chapters of a beginning JQuery book printed in tiny type. The Definitive Guide book does not exist. This is the same as the situation with the supposedly upcoming new edition of Eric Meyer's CSS3 The Definitive Guide which also does not exist but is also dribbling out chapter by chapter. I can't figure out whether they make more money by selling several $10 pocket guides instead of one $30 definitive guide, or whether the subject is changing quickly and they can't wait for the full book to be written. In any event, I don't like the way somebody at O'Reilly Media is acting by putting these books out this way.
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
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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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich, Fast, Versatile April 2 2010
By Nathan P. Toye - Published on
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"Rich, Fast, Versatile - JavaScript the way it should be!" The tag line of the book says it all.

This is another top notch book from the sitepoint series. Of course, if you are familiar with other books from sitepoint and looking to get into jquery, you probably already have this book on your short list. The narration is conversational so it is easy to read and all of the examples are scenario driven, building on previous examples. The sections on Ajax is worth the price of the book alone. And animation? If you have tried to animate DOM objects on you own, you will appreciate 50+ lines of code dropping down to 1 easy to read line. As you read though the examples your mind will start churning with ways you can immediately make your current projects even better. You may even find yourself wanting to go back and re-write some of your old scripts just to clean them up.

If you are familiar with JavaScript but have yet to explore a library, I highly recommend jquery. Selectors that look and feel like CSS on steroids might be tricky at first, but within hours you will be familiar enough with the syntax to start writing complex scripts. The best thing is because the code reads so naturally, it is practically self documenting. What used to take hundreds of lines of code with days of debugging written in a few hours (or in the case of examples you learn from the book, minutes) and only a tiny fraction of coding.

This book doesn't cover every single nuance of every command available. It focuses on getting you familiar with the library and becoming productive in the least amount of time available. This is the 1 book you will need, everything else can be handled by jquery's excellent online documentation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Choice. June 24 2010
By P. Rosenzweig - Published on
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I've been leaning a little hard on Flash for some time now and decided to open my world to doing some exciting things without the confines of the Flash plug in. I'd stumbled on jquery occasionally and decided it would be a useful area to pursue in greater depth. I had no idea how far reaching and powerful it could be and this book is the perfect introduction. Very readable, entertaining, and above all highly educational. So glad I opted for it.