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Jquery 1.4 Reference Guide
Jquery 1.4 Reference Guide
by Karl Swedberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant quick-reference guide to have on your desk, 9 Mar. 2010
This book is aimed at developers who already know the basics of jQuery and need a quick reference guide.

The first chapter gives examples of jQuery code and serves as an introduction to jQuery as well as an introduction to the other chapters of the book and what they contain. Following chapters contain all the functions and features of jQuery and make up the reference portion of the book.

The alphabetical quick reference section is what you will probably be most likely to reach for when you need to look-up how to use a feature or function. Its divided into 3 parts (selectors, methods and properties) and is very handy -- I found myself using it a lot when I needed to look up function arguments quickly during development.

Like the last edition, each section of the book is clearly labelled and well organised. The language used in the book is concise and easy to understand, code is well formatted, diagrams are clear, examples and descriptions are given, and even certain `gotchas' (for example, browser bugs) are pointed out and explained.

Overall, if you are a developer using jQuery then this is a brilliant quick-reference guide to have on your desk.


Learning jQuery 1.3
Learning jQuery 1.3
by Karl Swedberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Learning Resource, 3 April 2009
This review is from: Learning jQuery 1.3 (Paperback)
The book does an excellent job of explaining concepts and functions, using relevant and real-world examples. The first six chapters contain tutorials on using the various components of jQuery, whereas the more advanced chapters 7-9 begin with real world problems and show how jQuery can help solve them. It flows very nicely and is meant to be read from beginning to end, expanding on certain examples throughout the book.

My only gripe with the original book was lack of reference/poor index. The book now includes a new quick reference section which lists all of the functions available in jQuery along with a short description; this is very handy and a welcome addition to the book.

Some examples of new features mentioned in the book include the .live() and .die() functions (which add event listeners to present and future elements, useful when using Ajax calls which create elements), the updated toggle() function (which now supports 2 or more functions to cycle through) and jquery.support (which detects features of browsers rather than sniffing the actual browser version). There is also a new chapter dedicated to plugin development which is more detailed than in the previous book.

Like the original, the language used in the book is clear, concise and easy to understand with tips and `gotchas' highlighted in the text. Code samples are well formatted and fairly easy to understand; they can also be downloaded from the web.

Overall, this is a great book for developers and designers who want to learn jQuery, and also see the benefits of using it in the real world; it will take you from the basics of the library to the more advanced topics in an easy to understand, structured manner.


jQuery UI 1.6: The User Interface Library for jQuery
jQuery UI 1.6: The User Interface Library for jQuery
by Dan Wellman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £27.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the jQuery UI beginner, 25 Feb. 2009
jQuery UI 1.6: The User Interface Library for jQuery is aimed at front-end designers and developers (like me!) who want/need to learn how to utilise jQuery UI quickly. It requires some prior knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and also being `comfortable' with jQuery itself. It assumes no prior knowledge of jQuery UI and is fairly comprehensive in getting you up to speed with its core concepts.

The book covers all major interaction widgets contained in JQuery UI, including tabs, accordions, sliders, dialogs and more, and also in depth information on things such as the Theme Roller and visual effects.

Overall this book is excellent for beginners and contains some pretty useful examples along with some good in-depth explanations; if you use jQuery and want to start learning the whole of jQuery UI quickly and efficiently (or want a handy offline reference) you should consider picking up this book for sure.


Jquery Reference Guide
Jquery Reference Guide
by Karl Swedberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely useful, a must have for any jQuery developers bookshelf, 27 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Jquery Reference Guide (Paperback)
A good reference book needs a good structure and an even better index; the jQuery reference guide has just that.

The book is aimed developers with a basic knowledge of HTML and CSS, and an understanding of the syntax of JavaScript; no jQuery experience is needed or assumed, however I feel a little understanding of jQuery is useful to get you started, even though the introduction covers the basics. The book is particularly useful for forgetful developers like me, for quickly looking up functions.

Each section of the book is clearly labelled and well organized just like the jQuery online documentation, however, the book goes into much more detail than the online manual, and is much more useful if you have never used a particular function before since it explains and expands on usage scenarios.

The index is great; first, an alphabetical list of functions which is useful when you need to look up something fast, then a list of everything else in the book. This book makes it so much easier to find what you need than the website; the website has no obvious list of all functions, and the search often fails to find certain functions such as "each()".

Like "Learning jQuery", the language used in the book is clear and easy to understand, its quite well formatted also as an added bonus. The few screen shots there are, aren't too great, so its a good idea to check out the accomplying website for more examples on the tutorials in the book.

I love this book, the only thing that lets in down in my eyes is that a few functions are outdated with the new release of jQuery 1.2.1, this book was written for jQuery 1.1.2. However, this only effects a few functions and features, such as the XPath selectors which were dropped in the new version, so I'd still recommend it for reference.

In conclusion, if you use jQuery and you frequently find yourself looking at the online documentation when your stuck, get this book! It will help tremendously.


Learning Jquery: Better Interaction Design and Web Development with Simple JavaScript Techniques
Learning Jquery: Better Interaction Design and Web Development with Simple JavaScript Techniques
by Karl Swedberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.99

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, a must have for the jQuery beginner, 27 Nov. 2007
Getting started with jQuery does not have to be daunting, this book will definitely help you get started, and show you key techniques to make your code efficient and feature rich.

The book is aimed at jQuery beginners, all it takes is a basic knowledge of HTML and CSS, and an understanding of the syntax of JavaScript; no jQuery experience (or any other framework for that matter) is needed or assumed. The book builds up to more advanced topics, but is still mainly aimed at beginners. However, saying that, I consider myself "intermediate" and I learnt a lot of new techniques from this book, and found some of the examples particularly useful.

In general, chapters are well documented and are also backed up by real world examples so you can see the various functions in action. For example, the Chapter entitled "Events - How to pull the trigger" starts off with an overview of jQuery's event handing functionality, then shows a real world example in the form of a style switcher. Chapters are finalised with a useful summary so you can check what you have learnt within the sections.

The book can be read from start to finish, as it is interesting, keeps you engaged, and gives information in a logical order. It contains many useful tips and functions, a lot of which I never knew about until reading the book.

The language used in the book is clear, concise and easy to understand. Tips and important points are highlighted and contain useful tidbits of information. I would have preferred more of these little tips to give the reader a broader understanding of the discussed topics, but they are currently adequate.

Code samples are well formatted and broken down, with added chunks of code emboldened. Live examples are also provided on the accomplying website, which is useful to get a look of what the code samples do. The examples themselves are of a high quality and useful in many real-world situations. Most of the examples are also shown along with screenshots to show you what the code is doing.

The screenshots themselves are a good quality but, being black and white, some are a little hard to understand what is being shown, and a few are slightly blurry. However, the examples themselves are available online so this is not such as big deal.

My only gripes with the book itself are that the headings could be better spaced out to improve legibility, and more importantly the book could have done with a better, bigger, index at the back; it's hard to find certain functions using the current index.

In conclusion, "Learning jQuery: Better Interaction Design and Web Development with Simple JavaScript Techniques" is a must have for any developer/designer looking to delve into JavaScript frameworks, and is a welcome addition to my reference book shelf. It beats the official jQuery manual hands down in my opinion, simply because everything is explained in much more detail.


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