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jQuery in Action, Second Edition

jQuery in Action, Second Edition [Kindle Edition]

Bear Bibeault , Yehuda Katz
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A really good web development framework anticipates your needs. jQuery does more-it practically reads your mind. Developers fall in love with this JavaScript library the moment they see 20 lines of code reduced to three. jQuery is concise and readable.

jQuery in Action, Second Edition is a fast-paced introduction and guide. It shows you how to traverse HTML documents, handle events, perform animations, and add Ajax to your web pages. The book's unique "lab pages" anchor the explanation of each new concept in a practical example. You'll learn how jQuery interacts with other tools and frameworks and how to build jQuery plugins.

This revised and expanded second edition includes even more lab pages than before, along with numerous examples that show the latest best practices developed by the jQuery community. It provides full coverage of jQuery 1.4, along with a deeper look at the ever-expanding world of jQuery plug-ins.

This book requires some knowledge of JavaScript and Ajax but no previous experience with jQuery.

About the Author

Bear Bibeault

has been working in the area of web applications since the midnineties,

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 is a co-author of the Manning books Ajax in Practice and

Prototype and Scriptaculous in Action. He works and resides in Austin, TX.

Yehuda Katz is a developer with Engine Yard. He contributes actively to jQuery,

heading up the plug-in development team. He also runs Visual jQuery, a dynamic,

browsable version of the jQuery API, used heavily by new users of the library

and core developers alike.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5113 KB
  • Print Length: 486 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935182323
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 2nd edition (5 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best JQuery book on the market 13 Aug 2010
I have been writing javascript for many years now and for the first year that jQuery was available, I played around a little bit and said, "Yes that is nice/cool/easier". Then, when I read a colleague's copy of the first edition it all fell into place. This book is an easy to read guide to getting started, as well as a great reference once you are underway and experienced with JQuery. As soon as the second edition came out I bought it. The Labs are very helpful too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to jQuery 10 Sep 2010
By C. Lamb
It is a good introduction to jQuery.

Well written and nicely produced. Combined with some online searches should get you up and running with the javascript library in very little time. The Ajax coverage might have been a bit better.

Recommended if you are interested in using jQuery.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Yossu
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
When I first started looking at jQuery, I debated long and hard between this book and jQuery Cookbook. Eventually, I bought the other one, read it cover to cover and thought I had a grasp on jQuery. Being an insatiable reader, I ended up buying this one as well, and read it through.

It didn't take very long for me to realise that the cookbook hadn't really given me the depth of understanding that I would need to write jQuery code myself. I had a high-level overview, but no real clarity.

By contrast, this book held my hand and took me step by step through the problem, how to solve it, how to do extra things I hadn't thought of and so on. Each new feature was carefully explained, and had a summary box that showed the syntax, along with the parameters passed to each method. I can see that this will be very useful when I want to come back and look up specific methods, without having to re-read all the explanations.

Another of the great features about this book is that the accompanying code isn't just a "download and look at this" set of code, it's a collection of labs, designed to allow you to experiment and see how jQuery handles various things. This is a brilliant way to learn. You have to play with these labs to realise why this is such a clever way of doing it. I haven't seen anyone else present code like this, but I really hope the trend will catch on as it's very, very good.

My knowledge of Javascript is moderate, mainly based on having used other c-style languages. However, this wasn't a problem as very little of the Javascript code was complex enough to require specific Javascript skills. Even a moderate beginner should be able to get going with this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some knowledge of Javascript recommended 24 Dec 2010
By blag
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this as a 'primer' for jQuery, and, at first I found it quite hard going. For me the book's style is somewhat too concise in some places, and there seemed to be a lack of emphasis on the important things to note. My lack of experience with javascript was a hindrance, but my knowledge of CSS has proved invaluable.
I have persevered, and I am finding that on re-reading the book, and going through the downloaded stuff more thoroughly, some of the concepts and techniques are beginning to make sense to me, and I am incorporating some jQuery into my web sites!!
I would say, however, that the claim that some readers would be writing plug-ins on the first day is highly unlikely - unless you have some skill and experience with JavaScript.
'jQuery in Action' is out-of-date in one or two places, but that's always likely with any such work.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Explains the "why" as well as the "how" 17 Sep 2010
By J Root
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I already use jQuery regularly but wanted to get an in depth guide to highlight areas of it that I wasn't so familiar with and overall I'm very pleased. I found the style of the book very readable and the first few chapters are a particularly good introduction to both how to use jQuery and why you would want to. Although there is some material in an appendix for people with less experience of JavaScript, I wouldn't particularly recommend this book for those with no experience of it at all. The authors do also assume you have a familiarity with CSS selectors, which I don't particularly, but enough was explained within the text that this did not matter. The emphasis on creating jQuery plugins even very early on in the book is also helpful as I've noticed some people tend to consider this a more advanced topic than it really is.

My copy included a code for several eBook versions, including a kindle compatible .mobi file and a PDF. This is a great idea and really adds extra value to the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introducation 9 Jan 2012
I've only read the first five chapters in book, enough for now for what I need to do.

The book is well laid-out book and an easy read. JQuery is difficult to learn because there are so many inter-dependencies among its various features. Consequently it is difficult to find a gentle starting point for the complete beginner; in this regard the authors succeed brilliantly. Some may object to the authors' folksy style, and their gushing praise for all things JQuery, but it improves the book's readability.

The example code (which can be downloaded from the book's website) consists of complete examples to demonstrate the points introduced in each chapter. However, only about half of each chapter's features can be experimented with in this way.

I would suggest working through the various tutorials at the official JQuery site before starting this book. They are not as complete as this book, but the examples supporting them are very well thought out:
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Well structured, easy to read, loads of examples. Even though there's so much written, there are also many leads and suggestions, things to consider and think about and research... Read more
Published 22 months ago by cro
2.0 out of 5 stars Very poor book for developers
The book itself has got some content, but it is simply not suitable for developers. The book doesnt put an effort to explain through examples.. Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2012 by Dmitry Makovetskiy
4.0 out of 5 stars A book of two halves
Well a book of a good first three quarters and a poor last bit. I like to read computer books cover to cover like they are novels - bizarre I know. Read more
Published on 21 Oct 2011 by Crab Bucket
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book but too much detail
I was new to jQuery and nearly new to JavaScript. From a novice point of view, there is too much detail in the book. Read more
Published on 8 Oct 2011 by Santi Sierra
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book to expand knowledge
I am currently still reading it, playing around with examples. I find it useful and worth investing money. This is my firs jquery book.
Published on 4 Aug 2011 by Bill
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very helpful
I'm new to JQuery and did not find this book very helpful with the JQuery syntax.
I've had to return every now and again to every new age developer's friend - Google,
to... Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2011 by Lite
5.0 out of 5 stars Just right
This book takes you logically from the basics of JQuery through to advanced stuff like ajax then, in a separate part, the higher level JQuery UI web components. Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2010 by P. Rush
1.0 out of 5 stars May not be for you
This book is not an introduction to jQuery, nor is it suitable for beginners.
It does not cover Ajax. The main reason I wanted it for. Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2010 by Jasti
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