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  • Paperback: 538 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 edition (31 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449399029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449399023
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David McFarland is a Portland, Oregon based Web developer who's been designing and building Web sites since 1995. He is the author of CSS: The Missing Manual and Dreamweaver: The Missing Manual. He is also a Macromedia-certified trainer, and a member of the faculty of the multimedia program at Portland State University

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David Sawyer McFarland is president of Sawyer McFarland Media, Inc., a Web development and training company in Portland, Oregon. He's been building websites since 1995, when he designed an online magazine for communication professionals. He's served as webmaster at the University of California at Berkeley and the Berkeley Multimedia Research Center, and oversaw a complete CSS-driven redesign of Macworld.com. David is also a writer and trainer, and teaches in the Portland State University multimedia program. He wrote the bestselling Missing Manual titles on Adobe Dreamweaver, CSS, and JavaScript.


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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By G. D. Kendall on 11 Jun 2012
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I like David Sawyer McFarland's teaching style; he goes to the trouble of briefly re-explaining things wherever that helps and is on a mission to have you learn, rather than be impressed with how much he knows. I have seen this book (actually, in a review of what is effectively an earlier edition, then entitled simply 'Javascript') criticised for moving fairly swiftly on to jQuery from Javascript 'pure'. However, for anyone who interested in actually getting things done, the author is doing exactly the right thing in establishing the fundamentals of Javascript, noting the extreme difficulty that inconsistent browser implementations of JS present to anyone looking to program in it, and then moving on to the technology that solves those things and makes Javascript usable - viz, jQuery. I strongly suspect that if you really studied Javascript you'd come back to jQuery as the best solution. So the smart thing to do is go direct to jQuery ASAP, and that's what you get here.

I have other books on web technology by David McFarland and they are all among the very best of the 30+ that I have read. Personally, I haven't found any errors in anything that he has written and the downloaded files are a valuable aid to the learning process - it is very useful to have these downloadable files, as you can't copy and past code from a Kindle book easily. One proviso; you should probably acquire a thorough knowledge of hands-on HTML and CSS before you attempt javascript and jQuery.

The book also provides a good number of useful code examples, covering the great majority of things you're probably wanting to use JS/jQuery for. Summary: it's an outstandingly good book and it comes with downloadable code examples that you can quickly adapt for use on your own sites.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Richard I. Calvert on 30 Mar 2012
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I was just reading this for the JQuery really - I've read about Javascript before and not really been able to use it too much, but now I see JQuery as an easy way to leverage the power of Javascript on your site.

This cookbook-type manual contains common recipes (such as an animated menus, sliders, form validation or adding Google maps) that are the tip of the iceberg of jQuery functionality, but this book opened the door for me to be able to enhance my sites in the most common (and useful) ways that jQuery offers, and I still haven't read the chapter on "regular expressions" yet.

It does seem to contain a few typos and the demo files that I downloaded had a blooper in them that confused me for a while, but this book has been very useful and I think anybody will instantly be able to add common jquery enhancements to their site by simply copying the examples from the book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Florin on 7 Oct 2012
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I have mixed feelings towards this book. I guess your expectations will shape your experience with this book. If your aim is to learn quickly how to add nice stuff to your web pages, then this is a great book. It's very clear and you are nowhere stuck. Each example is properly explained step by step.
If on the other hand you want to learn JavaScript - the language - to develop in JavaScript, I don't think this is the proper book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav on 4 Dec 2013
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"JavaScript and jQuery: The Missing Manual" by David Sawyer McFarland is another JavaScript book on the market, trying to introduce reader to jQuery but also explaining some more difficult concepts in process.

This is book second edition, since previous edition jQuery was added in its title, but was renamed due to customer complaints about the contents which mainly focus on jQuery. That is perhaps the biggest drawback of the book because JavaScript and jQuery are both extensive areas and maybe it would be better to dedicate a separate book to each topic.

McFarland writes with excellence, readers will be presented with lot of information about JavaScript and jQuery, although JavaScript part is trimmed down (such as regular expression - regex - in the chapter "Going Forward with JavaScript) but instead lot of concepts are introduced including AJAX. Reader will be introduced to the basics of jQuery and after completing the book will be able to create a several transitions and targeting elements.

For readers accustomed to McFarland's writing (e.g. CSS: The Missing Manual book), the same approach was used for writing and tutorials. McFarland is skillful writer, able to communicate most of the points clearly. Author introduces some jQuery plugins giving practical examples for those who are new in this field.

This manual would be best suited for people already familiar with JavaScript and want some jQuery practical programming examples. It will give reader good introduction to JavaScript and jQuery but because both topics are so extensive it wasn't possible to go so much in the details.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DK on 20 Aug 2013
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This is the first time I log in to write a review for a book and I do so, because this book is so well written that it totally deserves it. I have read many programming books, but this is hands down the most well written, best explained and easy to follow book. I even considered using it for teaching programming to students, because it's very easy to follow and to the point.

+ easy to read and to the point
+ good exercises written in a way that makes it very easy to complete and see the results
+ everything contained is thoroughly explained

- is probably going too slow and is very repetitive, which I didn't mind since it helps printing what you learn well in your mind. You can skip many sentences, paragraphs or even sections, if you want to go fast, but it gives such a feeling of thoroughness that personally didn't mind reading the same concept being explained again and again.
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