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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (17 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933988355
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933988351
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 710,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bear Bibeault has been working in the area of web applications since the mid-90s, getting started with beta versions of JSP and Servlets. He is a senior moderator at the popular JavaRanch site, and has contributed articles to that site's JavaRanch Journal. He also co-authored two other Manning books: Ajax in Practice and Prototype and Scriptaculous in Action. Bear works and resides in Austin, TX.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gonzales on 21 April 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm a novice when it comes to Javascript and knew nothing about jQuery except that I had read glowing recommendations which prompted my curiosity.

I didn't particularly like this book when I first skimmed through it because the page layout isn't very attractive. But when I started to read it properly and do the Lab exercises I found it was an effective way of learning about and understanding jQuery.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jeremy Flowers on 18 Oct. 2008
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This part of the review relates to the second edition of the book:
This time round the authors go into more detail of how you can use jQuery in conjunction with other JavaScript libraries and how to write jQuery plug-ins to extend jQuery and not step on the toes of say some Prototype code. More emphasis is now given over to the UI in the latter half of the book where themes, mouse interactions and widgets get a mention. The widgets covered include buttons/buttonsets, sliders, datepickers,progressbars,autocompleion,tabs, accordions and dialog boxes.
The book shines again with an impressive array of labs, and Bear hosts the code as well, so you can run the Ajax examples (which have both PHP & Java versions server-side) without the need to setup/deploy code.
My only disappointment was the fact that it would have be nice to see some more advanced controls like datagrids/treeviews documented, of the kind you find in Dojo.
The book still gets five stars, because of the clarity of writing and labs.

This part of the review relates to the first edition of the book:
If you've ever tried to do DOM manipulation of a web page and had to deal with browser quirks you'll find jQuery and this book will make you want to look at web development again with a reinvigorated spirit. jQuery does a brilliant job of levelling the playing field giving you a JavaScript library that abstracts away the complexites behind a common API. It's extensible too via plug-ins, so the scope for enhancement is there.
The authors have a wry sense of humour that is refreshing and informative. Maybe this books adage should be.. "The labs are worth a thousand words". Whenever things get a bit heavy going, you can run the lab examples and get your heads around things.
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By Edik on 18 Sept. 2011
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I'd argue that a Javascript background isn't too essential to start this book, but some css ability and a general understanding of programming concepts and the DOM are really needed to gain a full understanding. This book is certainly not for complete beginners and many may find it tough even at an introductory level.

The downloadable labs are an excellent idea well implemented and re-enforce the books material in a very elegant way - this makes the book itself head and shoulders above other jQuery introductions.

I have the first edition - based on the 2006/2007 jQuery 1.2.1 - outdated but still a pretty damn good introduction.

The guys did a good job and should be congratulated.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. Webster on 17 Sept. 2009
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This book is rocks and so does jQuery. Suitable for beginners and advanced developers.

As a freelance Interface Developer I have found this book so valuable. Has been taken to every contract with me since I bought it.

Might have to hook myself up the second addition.
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