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  • Paperback: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (13 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847196705
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847196705
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 524,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan Chaffer is the Chief Technology Officer of Structure Interactive, an interactive agency located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There he oversees web development projects using a wide range of technologies, and continues to collaborate on day-to-day programming tasks as well. In the open-source community, Jonathan has been very active in the Drupal CMS project, which has adopted jQuery as its JavaScript framework of choice. He is the creator of the Content Construction Kit, a popular module for managing structured content on Drupal sites. He is responsible for major overhauls of Drupal's menu system and developer API reference. Jonathan lives in Grand Rapids with his wife, Jennifer.

Karl Swedberg is a web developer at Structure Interactive in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he spends much of his time implementing design with a focus on "web standards"—semantic HTML, well-mannered CSS, and unobtrusive JavaScript. Before his current love affair with web development, Karl worked as a copy editor, a high-school English teacher, and a coffee house owner. His fascination with technology began in the early 1990s when he worked at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington, and it has continued unabated ever since. Karl's other obsessions include photography, karate, English grammar, and fatherhood. He lives in Grand Rapids with his wife, Sara, and his two children, Benjamin and Lucia.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Marcos Placona on 25 April 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is aimed to jQuery beginners, or for those with more experience who need an extra help on that difficult situations. It's a must if you don't wanna have trouble every time you need to do something different with version 1.3

The new version of the book is now packed with good references, and examples. Most of them are day-to-day examples (chapter one to six), but things get a hotter after chapter seven, where more complex examples and explanations are given.

jQuery 1.3 is really nice, and adds a whole new world of event listeners (.live() and .die()) and a thorough support feature (jquery.support). All of the new features are massively explained in this book. The language used is still the same from the previous book, and couldn't be better. It's very easy to comprehend, and you don't need to be a guru programmer to be able to understand and even create most of the examples.

There's a whole new chapter dedicated to plugins, which is something I've been interested to dive into, but couldn't find enough information over the internet.

All the code samples are easy to understand and very well commented. They can be downloaded from the web should you not want to type everything again.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Guy D. Carberry on 19 Mar. 2009
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A lot of web designers, myself included, are mostly concerned with the way things look when people visit the web sites we create. We're all about the design -- layout, typography, colour, graphics and how they enhance the user experience. We start with some sketches, do some wire-frames and rapidly move into software like Photoshop or Fireworks in order to get a pleasing aesthetic result that we'll eventually piece together on the web using HTML and CSS. Whilst most designers find markup and stylesheets relatively easy to master, javascript sits firmly in the programming camp. It's all about integers, boleans, strings and other scary sounding bits and bobs that often require a logical and mathematically able brain to understand.

Yet javascript opens up a world of exciting behavioural options to us. It enables us to bring our pages to life with all the wizzy and cool stuff that clients love. Things swishing in and out of view, dropping down, sliding, expanding and contracting. Javascript brings our flat designs to life. But it's difficult. That's one reason why jQuery were invented -- to make life easier for web designers. If you've already mastered HTML and CSS then you'll find jQuery a logical next step. It uses a similar code style to CSS rather than the all out alien language of raw javascript. Learning jQuery 1.3 from Packt Publishing (ISBN 978-1-847196-70-5) is the only book you'll need to get started with the library if like me you're a web design who wants to add a little extra umph to your designs.

You'll realise that this is definitive tome when you see that it contains a glowing foreword by John Resig, the creator of jQuery. He praises the authors, who he knows personally and gives Karl Sedberg a particular thumbs-up for his excellent knack for the English language.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M.C VINE VOICE on 14 Sept. 2010
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This book was/is a big disappointment for me. I'm glad I borrowed it instead of buying it. I wouldn't recommend it to any one who hasn't done any jquery before. The author jumps from e.g. if statements to switch statements (fine in my opinion as they're both easy) but does not give a good example as to why we should use switch statements - would be much easier to understand on a new example. You keep modifying the same code through out the chapter multiple times, which was very confusing for me. Some changes were unnoticeable. The author does not back up his code changes - in one example he uses some queues, but does not give an example as to why we should use them - I'd like to see an working example with the problem and then solve it with queues..... The whole book is like that. I also found some examples not working....
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Gakhar on 25 Mar. 2009
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This book is a revised and updated version of an earlier version of the book. I would start off by saying that if anyone wants to learn jQuery from the roots up to a level of decent expertise, go for this book, it would be worth every penny spent. Thats how much I liked this book. The book starts from the very basics starting with simple examples and progresses with each chapter into more complex and real world examples with a step by step explanation of the code. You cant ask for more than that, really.

The book is based on the latest version of jQuery (1.3) which is why it includes the new .live() and .die() events. These two events are pretty magical, as they can bind or unbind event handlers to objects that get created on the fly as well. So, if you have a link within a div with a click handler on it, it would work but only on that link. Any new links you add dynamically (e.g. loading rss feeds etc via AJAX) wont have the event listeners attached to them. With the .live() event, you can do that . I find in pretty magical!

The book also goes at length to explain the plugin architecture and the best practices to write universally consumable plugins without breaking or interrupting any other user defined or plugin defined code. Infact, it also lists the most widely known plugins in the jQuery world in one of the chapters. There is a whole chapter on plugins!

One thing that I really liked about the book is its emphasis on `Progresive enhancement`, also known as `graceful degradation'. What that actually means is, all the examples and concepts explained in the book, start off with a very simple code which would work (or gracefully degrade) even if Javascript was disabled in the client browser, before processing on with the details of the jQuery code in the example. To me, this is like, going the extra mile to explain the concept and I was pretty impressed by this approach.
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