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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (4 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047097723X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470977231
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 874,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Enhance User Experience by Creating Richer and More Interactive Web Interfaces

Smashing jQuery demonstrates how you can create rich Web interfaces by easily integrating the jQuery framework into your Web site with minimal JavaScript knowledge. jQuery allows Web designers to build interactivity that is compatible across all major browsers into their Web sites. Jake Rutter, an experienced Web designer and developer, shows you how to add interactivity through a series of tutorials, providing you with the ability to create great Web applications.

jQuery can really up your development time and allow you to write interactive components that you thought were impossible without serious programming knowledge. Smashing jQuery provides practical techniques, solutions, and examples with real–world solutions that you can use in your everyday working environment building Web and mobile sites.

Topics covered include:

  • jQuery Fundamentals
  • Ajax Requests
  • Events and Effects
  • Dom Manipulation with Tutorials on Tasks such as Building a Drop–Down Menu
  • Gallery Lightboxes
  • Form Management
  • Dynamic Tabular Data
  • Mouse Event Effects
  • Modal Dialog Boxes
  • Custom jQuery Plug–ins and much more

Smashing Magazine (smashingmagazine.con) is one of the world s most popular Web–design online magazines. True to the Smashing mission, the Smashing Magazine book series delivers useful and innovative information to Web designers and developers.

Visit www.wiley.com/go/smashingjquery to download example code files.

About the Author

Jake Rutter is a Web designer and developer with more than nine years of experience in user interface design and front–end development, working with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript on Web sites and applications coded in PHP, Ruby on Rails, ASP, and Java.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Hayes on 17 Mar. 2011
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Without any doubt, the worst developers guide I have come across.

Lovely print quality, with heavy and glossy paper, so first impressions are excellent. However...

From the beginning I found erroneous examples, where text seems to have been copy and pasted wrongly. Parts of the explanations were therefore discussing the wrong code samples. Then some of screen shots were obviously incorrect. And all the while, the code examples are repetitive in the extreme. These, illustrated step by step, repeat all of the code in each step, so that a 9 line code segment may end up with an additional 30 repeated lines. This becomes tedious by the end of the first code sample, but is repeated all the way through the book. I did not bother counting the number of pages given over to the Latin text content for the HTML being manipulated. But one example had a whole page of Latin elements!

At a guess, this 320 page book could be reduced to less than 100, and in so doing it may even be improved. I could not, in good conscience, recommend this book to anyone.

Would Amazon accept this one back for the reasons stated above? I doubt it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CMB VINE VOICE on 14 April 2011
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A couple of months before getting this book I read the Sitepoint book "jQuery: Novice to Ninja". It's an excellent book and I highly recommend it jQuery: Novice to Ninja (or alternatively, jQuery in Action, Second Edition though not as easy for beginners as Novice to Ninja).

When the Smashing book came out, I thought I'd get it to compare - Smashing Magazine being quite a trendy setup and I had high hopes for it.

The initial impression was wow - lovely colour screenshots, great layout and even the code samples are colour highlighted as in an IDE.

Looking at the contents, a sense of deja-vu - it's almost the same, and in the same order, as the Sitepoint book. But no harm there. Jake Rutter emphasizes the importance of unobtrusive Javascript, graceful degradation, progressive enhancement - just like Sitepoint, clearly on the ball there with trendy (and true) thinking.

Then I started to notice the errors. So I looked at the other reviews on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk and yes, lots of complaints about errors, sufficient for one person to return their copy! I jumped to the advanced chapter to see if there's any useful info there not in the Sitepoint book - how about Ajax? In the Sitepoint book it's relegated to Appendix A. Jake's book covers Ajax, but again, spoils it. The server side is a cop out, assumed to be beyond the scope of the book. A simple PHP form handler would have been much more useful!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Lee on 20 Mar. 2011
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What a shame!
Flashy to look at, but did anyone (proof) read it?
I found the type in the examples very difficult to read; does the author produce websites like this?
The difference between ( and { is difficult to spot. In some cases the {s and the }s do not match. Fundamental programming!
I've only worked through about a quarter of the code and so far the errors are dreadful.
Some code examples are simply wrong!!!!!!
If you are OK with javascript you may see some of the errors a mile off! BUT if you are new to scripting this would destroy your confidence.
I do hope the rest of the book is more carefully written as the more complicated stuff may be too far gone to resolve without expert help...which is er.... why I bought the book!

Again, if you are OK with javascript you may be able to sort it out, but isn't that what Mr Rutter was paid to do?

A lost opportunity. This is not what I would call a professional book!

P.s Now having worked on - it gets worse. Sudden changes in coding approaches are made with no warning only some vague explanation out of sequence.
Examples with no clear results, more errors. It's now in for a refund.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pixellator on 15 Dec. 2011
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I never review items on opinion websites or contribute to Amazon reviews, but this book is just so poor that I felt I had to.

I am an intermediate JQuery developer and wanted to brush up on my skills as I had just been made redundant. What a waste of time this book is, and I really cant afford purchases that are not what they say on the tin. Please avoid if you need anything other than a door stop. This book is riddled with typos (in the code!), grammatical errors and even spelling mistakes, did no one proof read it, or even re-read it once written?!!

I am so disappointed its been a complete waste of time and money, un-professional to the extreme!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven C VINE VOICE on 17 Oct. 2012
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The book looks really nice on the outside, glossy paper, colourful etc... As for the inside, it just feels like a really quick copy and paste stolen from their website. Without anyone proof reading it either.
There are plenty of mistakes and yes, it does feel cheap when you read. Like some books I read from Blogger earlier. They tend to put the same amount of work in a book than in a Blog Post, which is quite different in terms of research and copy proof.

For a book to learn a technical skills, this is a bit of a no/no. Pass your way you have plenty of other books to learn about Jquery out there.
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