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  • Paperback: 1044 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2nd ed. 2013 edition (18 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430263881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430263883
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 5.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 536,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Adam Freeman is an experienced IT professional who has held senior positions in a range of companies, most recently serving as chief technology officer and chief operating officer of a global bank. Now retired, he spends his time writing and long-distance running.

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By Mr F. on 10 April 2015
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Just get this! 4 Jan. 2014
By Willson Mock - Published on
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I've looked through several jQuery books on the market and this one is by far the most organized book out there. Each chapter builds on the previous, starting with the fundamental concept of making DOM selections, and then diving into how to expand / reduce your initial selection. I'm extremely impressed with the book and the numerous examples - I've found that by playing with the examples and reading the descriptions provided in the book, I've been able to grasp concepts I didn't previously get. This book can serve as both a reference guide as well as a primer into how jQuery works. Go ahead and add it to your bookshelf!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Massive, hefty, intimidating but packed with essential and thorough jQuery goodness... 10 Jun. 2014
By ewomack - Published on
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Anyone wanting to learn jQuery to an extremely, almost excruciatingly, detailed degree should pick up Adam Freeman's exhaustive "jQuery 2.0." Its 900 page girth would flatten most fruit with a simple whack as well as provide a daunting physical challenge for body builders who tear phone books in half for pleasure and profit. Freeman has recently become so well known for his Informational Technology and Application Development books that sometimes it seems as if he's the only author out there. Like his other books, this one also doesn't disappoint. Although the cover says "Pro," the book doesn't ignore the basics. Short HTML, CSS and Javascript primers appear before the main text, giving a cursory but adequate coverage of the technologies underlying jQuery itself. These sections probably serve better as refreshers for those already familiar with these topics rather than as first exposures for absolute beginners. The many remaining pages cover the guts and inner workings of jQuery extensively, including jQuery UI and jQuery mobile. Also, as the title suggests, the book covers the latest version of jQuery, version 2.0, and descriptions of differences from jQuery 1.0 appear in almost every section. Some of the earlier examples requiring a web server rely on node.js and the book provides enough information to set up and configure this JavaScript-based server for the included samples. Other tools that appear include the handlebars.js template framework and Ajax form processing. The book ends with a bonus chapter on deferred objects, which Freeman suggests that most people skip (because most jQuery projects, at least for now, probably won't use deferred objects or include asynchronous processing), though the chapter presents a good overview and introduction to the topic nonetheless. Following 35 chapters covering numerous aspects of jQuery, it's surprising that one more topic even exists.

The book covers so much material that summarizing it remains an intimidating challenge, but expect to learn more than the following: navigating and manipulating the DOM, chaining method calls, selectors, the ubiquitous "$" function, setting values and content of elements, toggling classes, working with events, jQuery effects, data templates, submitting forms, jQuery form validation, ajax GET and POST, JSON, various jQuery UI widgets including buttons, auto-completes, accordions, tabs, datepickers, dialogs, spinners, menus, tooltips, drag and drop, sortable, selectable, jQuery mobile development, including numerous mobile and responsive widgets and not often used but nonetheless handy utiity methods. Throughout, a site called "Jacqui's Flower Shop" grows with each new jQuery trick and tool. By the end the stalwart will have built both a standard website and a responsive mobile site with a semi-functional store. For the mobile sections, the book suggests using Opera's Mobile Emulator, though its limitations with displaying effects and transitions quickly becomes apparent. Using Opera in unison with the Google Chrome Mobile Emulator allows for satisfying emulation of nearly everything the book covers. The best results will, of course, appear on actual mobile devices.

Though the book has countless strengths at times its sheer bulk starts to feel overwhelming and slightly repetitive in places. Half way through, some may feel trapped in an eternal recurrence of code, examples, flower graphics and never ending explanations of UI widget methods and events. In short, this book takes discipline and fortitude to complete, but the effort pays off with deep knowledge and a ready at hand mental library of examples and references. Those seeking profound depth in jQuery should forge through this tome diligently and fall over with accomplished joy as the last page flaps shut. It definitely takes work, but most things worth possessing are also worth striving for. This book won't disappoint the intrepid. It will also deliver deeper knowledge than most thinner volumes. Whether typed into notepad++, Visual Studio (2013 has excellent JavaScript intellisense; Freeman says he used VS 2012 Express for this book) or some other text editor, working through and understanding the voluminous examples in this Zeppelin sized book will lead one well on the way to jQuery mastery. Forge on!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very good and complete intermediate level jQuery resource 27 Dec. 2014
By Mitchel J. Haas - Published on
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Very thorough discussions of the old and new jQuery features. Yes, it does give a few chapters on reviews of html, css, and javascript, but just enough to familiarize yourself. Plus, these 'review' chapters just touch on more of the core concepts you need to know, and don't spend a lot of time on the basics, so it doesn't really detract from the main purpose of the book.

I've read other books on jQuery, but this is one of the few that includes discussions of the features of version 2.0. It contains many good tips and tricks to using jquery efficiently, and you can learn a lot from the hundreds of examples.

The book is split into three parts, jQuery, jQuery UI, and jQuery Mobile. In today's development environment, you really need to know all three.

Another great thing about this book, is the author's advice/tips. They are all very sound and warranted. Freeman really seems to know what he's talking about. The libraries that he recommends are definitely worth taking the time to learn and use.

I will agree that the index is not very good at all, so it'll be a little hard to use the book as a reference. Although the book has a lot of pages, it reads fast, as the discussions are plain and understandable. All in all, Freeman leaves nothing out that you should know about.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Solid book, thorough on the basics 15 Feb. 2014
By Richard - Published on
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This book had a thorough coverage of many jQuery mainstays, and a good over all style which helped me get up to speed with the basics of jQuery (and maybe a little beyond) very quickly. My least favorite aspect is that it covers many very similar functions back to back with examples, making it a little bit windy; for me it could have covered some of those things with a description of the ones that work the same plus an example of one. But the bottom line is that it is a very good book that helped me a lot.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Very satisfied and worth every cent. 31 Dec. 2013
By Marijan Jurcic - Published on
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Well written and clearly organized with lots of detailed examples covering many topics. Good coding style. Excellent downloadable support material.
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