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jQuery for Designers: Beginner's Guide [Kindle Edition]

Natalie MacLees
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Part of Packt’s Beginner’s Guide series, each chapter focuses on a specific part of your website and how to improve its design with the use of jQuery. There are plenty of screenshots and practical step-by-step instructions making it easy to apply jQuery to your site. This book is for designers who have the basics of HTML and CSS, but want to extend their knowledge by learning to use JavaScript and jQuery.

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About the Author

Natalie MacLees


Natalie MacLees is the founder of Purple Pen Productions (purplepen.com), an interactive agency based in Los Angeles, California. She has been designing websites since 1997 and is a passionate advocate of both accessibility and usability. She loves teaching and sharing her knowledge, both in seminars and workshops and also with her clients. She discovered WordPress a few years ago as a flexible, extendable, and quick way to build robust websites that clients could manage on their own. She is the organizer of the Southern California WordPress Meetup Group. She is also a Google Analytics Qualified Individual.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7026 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1849516707
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (25 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007XTMEDW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars easy examples, and also provides HTML5 cases 31 May 2012
Format:Paperback
The book takes you into the intersection of jQuery with CSS to do simple web page programming. The cited examples are what you might be likely to need. Like customising scrollbars, or upgrading a FAQ page. But it is later into the book that the examples get a little more intricate and possibly challenging. Take the desire to show a picture in a lightbox. The latter, in case you are not familiar with the term, is a temporary popup-type window that can appear when you click or hover on a thumbnail image. The lightbox shows the full image from which the thumbnail was generated. The chapter then goes a step further, by showing how you can code to put a video in a lightbox. Not bad; a natural progression from just showing a static picture.

Another good example, which has its own chapter, is how to avoid using Flash to make a slideshow. Instead, the implementation is in javascript and jQuery. This seems a more lightweight approach, and the coding is simple enough, though somewhat verbose. But if you look into the code steps, the underlying structure is straightforward and minimal.

The book continues along this line by offering a chapter on putting content into sliders and carousels. The latter is basically a ring buffer of (usually) thumbnails, with control arrows at the left and right ends. Pressing one of those arrows moves the view of the buffer in that direction. You have undoubtedly seen webpages with this, and the text reveals that doing this using jQuery is also easy.

Another merit of the book is the extensive use of HTML5. Though you can't really tell this by looking at the front or back covers. If you have also been curious about what HTML5 can do for your website, the book can function as a de facto collection of examples.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to jQuery for beginners 22 Aug. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A solid book for beginners who are not familiar with jQuery or JavaScript. Some great, easy to follow 'recipes' to follow for everyday things a web designer might need - carousels, slideshows, etc - and plenty of screenshots and description in the walkthroughs to orientate you if you get stuck.

Some of the recipes are redundant, in that you can already achieve the same effect with CSS2, but I guess the concepts shown are useful to beginners.

Overall, a pretty good basis for designers with no knowledge of jQuery to start picking it up!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another "step-by-step" follow along 24 Sept. 2012
By Gifted1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm giving this book a 2 because I agree with what the other commenter reviewed about the book who also gave it a 2. The book has you follow step by step (Click this, goto this site, download this, type this) that maybe after repetition you can begin to grasp what is going on, but it isn't ideal. It just has you use other peoples plugins.

One commenter stated he liked how it built upon the previous chapters work, I disagree. It doesn't really build upon it at all, it more starts from sctrach without telling you, so your .css & .js files have alot of currently useless text to divs & styles which are no longer on this chapters file. Causing me to delete the old stuff, and start a new filename from scratch. Essentially the exercises are poorly thought out.

I find it peculiar that a few of the reviews are one the same day, and mention receiving a free copy of the book. That said, I wouldn't rate this as 5 stars.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars You will not learn jQuery from this book much. 13 Sept. 2012
By Aleksey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am disappointed by this book. I am a designer and wanted to learn jQuery. This book teaches some extremely basic jQuery concepts in the beginning, and then the book just explains how to install and use jQuery plugins which by themselves are very advanced. And there is now way for you to understand how jQuery plugin works.

If you want to install a jQuery plugin to your site, go to that jQuery plugin developer site and read documentation.

If you want to write custom jQuery for your website - The book doesn't teach that.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for DESIGNERS not necessarily coders 23 July 2013
By Argie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've been a web designer and front end developer for about ten years. I was curious as to what baseline expectations I should have of designers using jQuery and this book fit the bill perfectly. If you're a hardcore coder this is probably NOT the book for you (unless you're like me and seeking a frame of reference). However, if you're a DESIGNER, like it says, I think the book is perfect. It has just enough code to get you moving forward and some good how-to's on shortcuts using plugins to get the effect you want. One of the sections on sliders might be a little tough going but the rest of the book is tuned just right. It's a very practical book and sets out to help designers actually use jQuery as opposed to getting beyond what they need to get the job done in most cases.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars easy examples, and also provides HTML5 cases 31 May 2012
By W Boudville - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The book takes you into the intersection of jQuery with CSS to do simple web page programming. The cited examples are what you might be likely to need. Like customising scrollbars, or upgrading a FAQ page. But it is later into the book that the examples get a little more intricate and possibly challenging. Take the desire to show a picture in a lightbox. The latter, in case you are not familiar with the term, is a temporary popup-type window that can appear when you click or hover on a thumbnail image. The lightbox shows the full image from which the thumbnail was generated. The chapter then goes a step further, by showing how you can code to put a video in a lightbox. Not bad; a natural progression from just showing a static picture.

Another good example, which has its own chapter, is how to avoid using Flash to make a slideshow. Instead, the implementation is in javascript and jQuery. This seems a more lightweight approach, and the coding is simple enough, though somewhat verbose. But if you look into the code steps, the underlying structure is straightforward and minimal.

The book continues along this line by offering a chapter on putting content into sliders and carousels. The latter is basically a ring buffer of (usually) thumbnails, with control arrows at the left and right ends. Pressing one of those arrows moves the view of the buffer in that direction. You have undoubtedly seen webpages with this, and the text reveals that doing this using jQuery is also easy.

Another merit of the book is the extensive use of HTML5. Though you can't really tell this by looking at the front or back covers. If you have also been curious about what HTML5 can do for your website, the book can function as a de facto collection of examples.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 2 Aug. 2012
By cat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book was just what I needed. I have some experience with html and css but have been totally baffled by javascript. The author explains javascript and how to use it in very simple, easy-to-understand language. There are easy-to-follow setup instructions in Chapter 1, which takes you step-by-step on how to download jQuery and set it up to start coding. The rest of the book delves into pretty much every common type of javascript most websites may want to use. The author walks you through each step and includes all the code, so she makes it easy to actually produce some great-looking effects--scroll bars, tabbed folders, FAQ pages. There are also a number of different photo gallery styles the author shows you how to set up. What I also like is that, if the viewer of your pages doesn't have the latest web browser software, the author has set up the code so that it "degrades gracefully", meaning those people with older browser software will still see a basic site layout of your information and robots will still index your pages for search engine optimization.

This book has successfully taken the confusion and mystery out of what jQuery is all about and helped me to finally get a handle on javascript/jQuery. There are some typos here and there in the text and occasional sloppy typesetting of the book's pages here and there, but the basic code and steps are sound and extremely valuable and helpful.
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