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jQuery Hotshot (Network Professionals Library) [Paperback]

Dan Wellman
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26 Mar 2013 1849519102 978-1849519106
jQuery is used by millions of people to write JavaScript more easily and more quickly. It has become the standard tool for web developers and designers to add dynamic, interactive elements to their sites, smoothing out browser inconsistencies and reducing costly development time.

jQuery Hotshot walks you step by step through 10 projects designed to familiarise you with the jQuery library and related technologies. Each project focuses on a particular subject or section of the API, but also looks at something related, like jQuery's official templates, or an HTML5 feature like localStorage. Build your knowledge of jQuery and related technologies.

Learn a large swathe of the API, up to and including jQuery 1.9, by completing the ten individual projects covered in the book.

Some of the projects that we'll work through over the course of this book include a drag-and-drop puzzle game, a browser extension, a multi-file drag-and-drop uploader, an infinite scroller, a sortable table, and a heat map.

Learn which jQuery methods and techniques to use in which situations with jQuery Hotshots.

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: PACKT PUBLISHING (26 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849519102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849519106
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 19 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 923,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Wellman is a web developer and author based in the UK. By day he works at Skype in London, writing application-grade JavaScript. By night he writes books and tutorials on a range of web development subjects, mostly centered around jQuery.

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About the Author

Dan Wellman

Dan Wellman is an author and front-end engineer who lives on the South Coast of the UK and works in London. By day he works for Skype, writing application-grade JavaScript, and by night he writes books and tutorials focused mainly on front-end development. He is also a staff writer for the Tuts+ arm of the Envato network, and occasionally writes for .Net magazine. He's a proud father of four amazing children, and the grateful husband of a wonderful wife. This will be his seventh book.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best jQuery books I have read. 11 May 2013
I have been using jQuery for several years now on a mixture of commercial and personal websites and on various web applications and whilst I don't always think it is the right solution for a problem, when a library is the right solution jQuery is one of the best. In my current role we heavily use jQuery so I believe I am qualified to accurately review this book.

For this review I am reading the Kindle version of jQuery HotShot which you can buy now from Packt and from Amazon, the book is also available as a paperback for all you cave-people.

I am happy to report that true to form Dan has produced an excellent book that manages to explain some of the core features of the library in interesting and memorable ways. He has greatly increased my understanding of some of the features that make jQuery an excellent library.

With hardly any preamble we are thrown straight into a fun example of using jQuery to create a sliding puzzle game. The example manages to assume no prior knowledge but at the same time doesn't bore someone with prior knowledge by walking at a snails pace, as the book continues the examples get more and more involved.

One of the reasons that jQuery HotShot is able to get straight into good examples is that the examples themselves are littered with little best practice tidbits, for example;

Joining an array of substrings to form a single string is much faster than building a string using the + operator on substrings, and as we're working repetitively inside a loop, we should optimize the code within the loop as much as possible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is top drawer 26 May 2013
By Derek
Format:Kindle Edition
jQuery Hotshot is nothing like what I was expecting, and in a good way. There is only the briefest of introductions to how jQuery works then straight into a tour de force of some pretty impressive real world examples of what can be done with jQuery. From a simple game, through UI enhancements, advanced Google Maps API developments, jQuery Mobile, the HTML5 file API and plenty more.

I really like Dan's writing style. To me it seems relaxed and comfortable and I was able to follow along with the code and explanations without any bother.

It's obvious Dan knows what he's talking about and the first few pages of the first chapter will convince you if you have your doubts about his expertise. Absolutely top drawer.

The thing that impressed me most about the book was the constant refrain of best practices in the background, and not just with regard to jQuery. Yes, there was a chapter dedicated to the best way to write a jQuery plugin -- and if you write a lot of jQuery plugins this chapter might just be worth the price of the book in itself -- but Dan also talks about good practice when writing CSS (with a nod to CSS Lint), he points to articles on general JavaScript development, and gives a nod to accessibility.

One thing I wasn't so keen on was the spy astronaut headings in each chapter. I thought they went just that little bit too far past fun and quirky into annoying and distracting, but they're only headings so didn't get in my way too much and may well make the book more readable for other people.

Another thing that wasn't so hot was that the download to accompany the book didn't work for me at all. I tried a few times over a couple of weeks in different browsers, but not dice unfortunately.
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This is not a book for absolute jQuery beginners. You need to have a basic understanding of what jQuery is and how JavaScript works. But once you have mastered these skills, I highly recommend that you lay your hands on a copy of this book. There is so much to learn after your first $(document).ready()-script and this book teaches you all this from a very broad range of views.

The book is divided into ten chapters, each chapter covering a complete project. You learn how to create a sliding jQuery puzzle (no, not how to download a plugin that makes a sliding puzzle from a given image; you actually program your own and learn all the skills needed, which is so much more valuable!), how to combine jQuery with the Google Maps API, how to create a jQuery Ajax File uploader, how to build your own jQuery distribution from github and much more.

Each project is also highly structured with sub missions and mini debriefings, wich is very pleasant to read. It divides the projects into manageable chunks of code that are always followed by thorough explanation. Every project also concludes with a 'hotshot challenge' in which guidelines and tips are given on how to further adjust or optimize the project. These are left as an exercise for the reader.

Although you don't have to read the from book cover to cover and you can cherry-pick on the chapters/project that interest you most, there is some kind of a learning curve in the order of chapters. The beginning chapters (sliding puzzle, fixed position sidebar with animated scrolling) are generally easier than the latter ones (creating a jQuery heat map and working with additional libraries like knockout.js). So I assume it is best read from chapter to chapter if you want to get the most out of this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal SECOND book in jQuery 18 Jun 2013
By Geordorini - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a wonderful second book to use to learn jQuery after you already have a working knowledge acquired from a more traditional format that goes through the structure of the library (like Pro jQuery by Adam Freeman). While the authors do a solid job of explaining most of the pieces that they use, you will get more out of the ten projects if you don't have to worry about running down the syntax. Not only are the examples practical in themselves, they provide solid guidelines for best practices in your own further jQuery projects.

Two peccadillos of which simply to be aware before purchasing. First, the opening project in the book of a sliding picture puzzle uses a somewhat risqué graphic in its example. It isn't lurid and could easily be replaced in your implementation, but it isn't something I'd want my young son who is also learning this technology to see. (I'm surprised in this day and age it made it past the publisher's PC police.) Second, each project references a css file whose contents are not listed anywhere in the book and must be downloaded from the Packt site. To get this file, you will need to provide an e-mail address and be e-mailed a link. If you have some problem with this arrangement and you want to run the code examples, don't buy the book. (Why not just list the content of the file in an appendix?)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Versatility of jQuery 26 May 2013
By Dan Brady - Published on Amazon.com
So you've built a few web sites that use some of jQuery's most common methods. Perhaps you've used jQuery for a few simple DOM manipulations, form validations, smooth animations, or tacked on some plugins and feel like you've seen what jQuery can do. If this sounds like you, this book will quickly dispel your notion of jQuery as simple, convenience javascript library, but a powerful tool that can be used in a vast and surprising array of scenarios. This book is not for jQuery beginners or for those who are only interested in creating simple informational web sites. A look at the table of contents alone will quickly expand the boundaries of what you thought was possible. Yes, jQuery is used in every project and that is why it's name is on the cover, but you'll see it used in conjunction with many other libraries and APIs. And as you dive in to the chapters, you'll start to uncover some best practices and important intricacies with not just jQuery but with native Javascript programming as well (i.e. performance tweaking, variable hoisting, function expressions, namespacing, etc).

Simply put, this book is for the passionate and curious developers that are looking to expand their knowledge of where and how jQuery can fit in the broad range of web development.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Check this one out! 20 May 2013
By James Gonzales - Published on Amazon.com
If you're new to jQuery, read this book to see good working projects that explain why these techniques are used. If you're experienced, you'll like the more comprehensive projects and the challenges on how to extend them even more.

You will use HTML5 and some of the newer APIs in these projects. They range from interactive Google maps, jQuery UI, SPAs (single page applications), jQuery Mobile and more! One of the best parts is the debriefing where the design is described in each project. If you come across a new topic or subject, there are always handy hyperlinks that lead you to more detailed information. I liked this book and learned a lot from it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great hands on approach to JQuery! 10 July 2013
By Danny - Published on Amazon.com
Where most books cover minutia of Jquery or Javascript. This book gets you coding in a hurry. A very pleasant experience. As a web developer, the chance of coming across a book that gives you step by step instructions on what could be real projects and not boring theory is a rare treat. I would highly recommend this book for anyone with at least a basic understanding of JavaScript. Some of the JavaScript concepts you will need to understand to get the most out of this book are callbacks,events,functions,arrays and object literals. Dan Wellman provides great little insight to every code example and really breaks it down into everyday language everyone can understand. He also provides you with bits of Classified Intel on how JavaScript works in the sections called "Classified Intel". A must have for anyone wanting to get past the dry theory based books and build some functional projects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great sample book for experienced and novice 31 May 2013
By Robert A. Balfe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Did you ever go to a web site and think, wow, how did they do that? Or, wouldn't that be cool to write? I know I do.

Well, this book is filled with 10 small projects you can use in real life. So unlike an API book where it focuses on the small granular API calls this book focuses on completed solutions.

It starts off in the preface with a high level summary of what jQuery is and the basic concepts of the API so you really don't even have to know jQuery to read this book. You do however need to know HTML and JavaScript basics but I will add, all of the source code is available and the massive 296 page book does a great job going step by step. The beauty of the book is it covers a lot of areas for where jQuery can be used - from developing games to building your own jQuery. Many of the techniques used in the book are very creative and well thought through. Each project has plenty of screen shots and narrative to help you digest the content. Did I mention all of the source code is downloadable? Yep, so you can casually read the book and then go back and play with the finished source code if you wanted.

From beginner to advanced this book is a valuable resource to see how different things can be done with jQuery. It mixes some really good JavaScript API's along with jQuery API's to create real life projects.
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