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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 1 edition (2 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321822080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321822086
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for jQuery, jQuery UI, and jQuery Mobile


“de Jonge and Dutson’s cookbook approach to jQuery, jQuery UI, and jQuery Mobile teaches how to create sophisticated projects quickly, removing all the guesswork. They really make jQuery seem effortless!”

—Joseph Annuzzi, Jr., Web architect, PeerDynamic.com


“This book is great for all aspects of jQuery development; it has it all, from a great UI section down to the most current tech, which is mobile. I found myself referencing this book numerous times for projects I am currently working on.


“This book will be excellent for anyone who is eager to learn more about jQuery and what the capabilities are. The authors put the learning in terms that anyone can understand and build from.”

—Erik Levanger, UI UX engineer


“I have often said that when it comes to jQuery, half the battle is just being familiar with the types of things it is capable of doing. Having a good foundation can easily help you bridge the gap between ‘This is going to be complicated’ and ‘I can do that with jQuery!’ Like any good recipe book, this book includes ready-to-use code samples that demonstrate basic to advanced techniques. In addition to the major areas noted in the book title, there are references on how to customize the jQuery UI features to meet your needs and bonus sections about creating and using plugins. I also really appreciate the authors’ insights regarding performance issues and best practices. Lastly, speaking as someone with no previous jQuery Mobile experience, this book provides solid examples to get you up and running fast. Overall, this book will help to greatly expand the skills in your jQuery arsenal.”

—Ryan Minnick, software developer, Verizon Wireless


“The ultimate cookbook for anyone using jQuery, jQuery UI, or jQuery Mobile.”

—Stretch Nate, Web applications developer, HealthPlan Services


“Through easy-to-understand recipes, de Jonge and Dutson give the reader a practical introduction to all things jQuery, from the most basic selectors to advanced topics, such as plugin authoring and jQuery Mobile. A great starting point for anyone interested in one of the most powerful JavaScript libraries.”

—Jacob Seidelin, Web developer, Nihilogic

About the Author

Adriaan de Jonge is a consultant for Xebia IT Architects in The Netherlands. Adriaan specializes in Internet, content management, and Java. He is interested in new technologies like MongoDB, Node.js, HTML5, and various cloud computing platforms. Adriaan is also the author of Essential App Engine (Addison-Wesley, 2012) and several articles for IBM developerWorks on Java, XML, and Internet technologies. He was a conference speaker at JFall 2011 and the Scandinavian Developer Conference in 2012.


Phil Dutson is the lead front-end developer for ICON Health and Fitness. He has worked on projects and solutions for NordicTrack, ProForm, Freemotion, Sears, Costco, Sam’s Club and others. Phil cofounded and currently manages The E-Com DevBlog, a development blog focused on web development and solutions. To learn more visit dev.tonic1394.com. He is also the author of Sams Teach Yourself jQuery Mobile in 24 Hours (Sams, 2013).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 Sep 2013
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I'm not a professional web developer, but have been writing code for many years. While I have a good grasp of Javascript, I needed some help getting to grips with jQuery quickly for a personal project.

I read the sample pages on Amazon, and after a couple of pages I knew this was the right book for me. The style of the book is more like a guide, the author takes you through a tour of useful features, and give you examples of how the feature works. This is completely different to other books which takes on a user manual style, which can often become dry and coma inducing.

On the back of the back is a code that you can use to claim 45 days worth of access to the online version of the book from the publisher. I haven't tried this yet, but I thought 45 days is a bit stingy, feels like a slap on the face to be honest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sylwia on 6 Feb 2013
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A lot of recipes that are ready to use in your project or at least you can get more ideas if you stuck.

The authors don't focus on explaining what all functions do in deep details so this might be hard for beginners but even they can understand what's going on in the code.

Code examples are really simple, without unneeded html or js lines so you've got clear view.
If you want to learn jQuery then this book is for you, if you know jQuery well this book is also for you just to refresh your knowledge or learn some new solutions.

Personally I like two things in this book:
1. No screenshots - so if you want to see what this code does you need to write it, great way of learning!
2. "please externalize this code to an external .js file" - this comment you will find in every code example until chapter 9 and imo it's important to remind people to not attach js code in html file.

I definitely recommend this book for beginners and advanced users!
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Has many interesting, simple and easy to understand and implement functions. There are a few errors here and there, but I always think this makes you understand the subject more in the long run, as you have to debug the problems to get the examples to work in some cases.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
[BUY] Excellent Book on jQuery Ecosystem 8 Dec 2012
By AnilSaldhana - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Overall Rating: Buy.

What is this book good for?
*If you have some experience with Javascript and/or JQuery, you will find this book useful in your technical library. If you are starting with jquery, then you will find the introduction decent.
*This book has the flavor of cookbooks - recipes and examples. When you are doing JQuery based development and are searching for answers on how to do certain things, you can either do a lot of google searching or you can open this book and look at a recipe. I would prefer the book because you can look at the table of contents to the appropriate recipe and find concise code to achieve something.
*I liked the various best practices described in this book such as placing script tags at the bottom of the page. There is sufficient reasoning provided for best practices.
*There is decent treatment of jquery, jquery UI, JQuery Mobile and Twitter Bootstrap Framework. So one book all encompassing this, is valuable for developers.

How can this book be improved?
* There is slight disconnect when the chapters on JQuery Mobile are starting. There is no gradual easing of the reader into mobile paradigms. It starts with JQuery Mobile specific code. It does not answer things like - how do we design a page that caters to both regular and mobile pages? If it cannot be done together, then the book should state it.
* I liked the treatment of Twitter Bootstrap library. But it is not comprehensive. If you had page limits or wanted to keep costs down, I understand.
* Maybe add Tips/Best Practice highlighted sections so readers can catch it right away without going through the text. When you are trying to find something quickly, you don't want to search in the prose. If it is highlighted, it will be very useful.

Anil Saldhana,
Chicago Java Users Group.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Stuck with production jquery code? Look no further. 31 Jan 2013
By Jon Hermiz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book isn't your typical reference guide to understanding how to bind events, what the function val() does or how to get the selected value of a combo box. You won't find that here (you may find an example within the book though). What you will find in this book is great material you can actually use in production code. This book can be targeted for beginners, intermediate, and advanced jquery / javascript programmers. It's essentially a cookbook with some in depth examples and how you can easily bring the beauty of jquery right into your own website / work environment.
It's definitely a book to keep close by, you never know when you may need to / asked to add a specific function in your code using jquery. You may be at times tempted to use server side code to do something as simple as hiding a panel / div but the postbacks caused by server side code are annoying and aggravate your end users. This book shows you clean cut examples of how to do this via jquery with real world examples. IMHO the money you spend on this book will be made up easily due to the amount of code you can use in your own environment. To me that is priceless!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Examples, examples, examples.. 26 Sep 2013
By R. Rowley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The main thing I love about this book is that code examples make up the majority of the book. I find it frustrating when books label themselves as professional, and while having great descriptions of the technology, completely fall short by providing a code snippet that simply declares the feature instead of showing how it can be used. Each section in this book specifically describes what is being done and some code for how to do it.

Even though the book covers from 1.6.4 to 1.8 it provides you with enough information for you to research if a feature has been deprecated. Though you will find almost all of the examples are completely valid with newer versions of jQuery. Tip: one of the main things to have changed in newer versions is browser detection, most other things are simply extended.

The book covers Core, UI, Mobile and plugins. I personally don't work with mobile, if I did I would give this book 6 stars as it has been a very valuable resource for everything else I've needed it for.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Useful jQuery book 11 Mar 2013
By Valentin Gavan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is a great learning source for jQuery, jQuery UI and Mobile having separate chapters for each jQuery section. The last chapter also explains how to create and work with jQuery plugins. The book explains some basics of jQuery, however it would be good to have some jQuery or basic JavaScript knowledge prior to reading it.

The content is presented in the form of small "recipes" which explain how you use different jQuery functions in your web development process. Each recipe has a code example and although in some cases it seems obvious what the code does, to have a better understanding of it, the reader should test the examples on a computer. For this the electronic version of the book would be more useful since the reader will be able to follow along and test the code examples.

In my opinion the book is very useful if you want to learn jQuery or even if you already have a good understanding of it but want to refresh your knowledge. The book presents a good way of learning, through working examples, but they should be tested on a computer while reading it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
great book 17 Feb 2013
By Nitr - Published on Amazon.com
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Like having a book of strictly examples. Too much blah-blah-blah in computer books with examples that don't work anyway. This is useful and much better.
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