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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: SitePoint; 1 edition (10 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980576857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980576856
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.4 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 288,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sporting a Masters in Information Technology and a lifetime of experience on the "web of hard knocks", Earle Castledine (Mr Speaker) holds an interest in everything to do with computers. A Senior Systems Analyst and JavaScript expert - he is equally happy in the muddy pits of .NET code as in the fluffy fields of client-side interaction development. Co-creator of the client-side opus TurnTubelis, Earle recognizes the Internet not as a lubricant for social change, but as a vehicle for unleashing frivolous ECMAScript gadgets and interesting time-wasting technologies.

Craig Sharkie's intricate knowledge of best-practice JavaScript is apparent in his writing. He began his jQuery journey as a Fine Arts graduate turned programmer, and has successfully worked with some of the Web's biggest names. Craig discovered JavaScript in 1995 and has been an evangelist for the "good parts" since then. This is your chance to benefit from Craig's extensive experience.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. O'Sullivan on 5 Nov. 2010
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A good book that will give you a good foundation for jQuery 1.4 on which to build, it doesn't cover or even provide reference information on all the different implementations of the methods covered or even cover all the methods available in jQuery, equally it doesn't cover all the utility functions available, to be honest it misses out loads of them, but you have to start somewhere and this is definitely a good enough book to get you started. You will need to know CSS and JavaScript (variables, conditional statements, object literals, and functions mainly) in order to get the most out of this book but in relation to JavaScript it does explain aspects of the language it uses, so if you have some programming experience, not specifically JavaScript, you should be OK.

There are numerous examples throughout and the book tends to focus on all the fun stuff you can do i.e. lightbox, tabbed menus, custom dialog boxes, accordion, drag and drop, various animation techniques etc. It also covers extending jQuery with your own methods or overriding existing ones, and it covers creating plug-ins too. The examples are based on a fictitious website that tracks celebrities, so at least you get some real world examples, loosely speaking.

Each chapter tends to mix up examples with the core jQuery library with examples done using the jQuery UI library, this was done mostly because the author was trying to show how you can do something using core jQuery but also how you can do the same thing or much more using jQuery UI. Although necessary in that context I did find it more difficult to separate each in my mind. I'd rather establish the core jQuery as a whole first in my mind before moving onto jQuery UI.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. Verasdonck on 7 April 2010
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I looked at some jQuery books before for the little-bit of web development I do and I got the idea that they were addressing the dumb. No real substance, not very practical. With hesitation I purchased this book, but how different. It builds from simple very quickly to some real life examples that are usable and trigger the desire to expiriment and personalize.
In all I can only say that I enjoyed this book. Well written, good examples, working and very useful.
Modern webdesign has come a lot closer to me and it was easy to digest.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 April 2010
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until I got this book, I had no idea, how powerfull Jquery was.

The book's explanations are well defined and clear,
with just enough humor to make this a must have book.

The authors have worked well together.

they take you through a gentle introduction, which is absolutely necessary, to some quite advanced stuff at the end.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Lee on 30 Mar. 2011
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A well presented book which in the main clearly describes the concepts involved. Perhaps some of the grammar trips itself up now and again. But in the main high marks for clarity and content. The type face, presentation and structure are also good.

Major problems start however, when you realize that the book contains almost no self contained examples that you can type up, study and experiment with. This is how most people learn. You do something, and then check the result of what you did. This is best done with short examples to keep the learning cycle short i.e. make progress and build understanding.

Most bits of code in the book are excerpts from code you must download to get any meaningful results - not just the script, but also markup and CSS. Also, some seem to depend on JQuery UI's and this is not always made clear in the book. Only when you look at the markup do you see what's called. Simply put, on their own, many code samples as printed are useless in terms of taking actions to see results. It seems you are to download the code and study that using the book. This means you do nothing!! I understand the need to use UI's and CSS, but here the learning process is reduced to passive reading. Also some of the excerpts do not match the code downloaded.

Having to create your own harness to test the scripts is in itself a useful activity, but not a reason to buy the book. Is this not what the authors should have done?

Perhaps the book is designed for front end cut and paste types who want to download working pages to paste into to produce something that works. But, if you really want to get to grips with JQuery from a programmers perspective - look elsewhere. Pity, a wasted opportunity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Foreman on 10 April 2010
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Great book - interesting topic. Does take a bit of effort to follow examples at the beginning of the book, but worth persevering. I'm not a ninja - yet! - but I have only completed 4 chapters (then skimmed for interesting bits!). But the fact that this book allows you to do just that is to it's credit. Easy to jump in and out of.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Y. Zhu on 19 May 2010
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I am not a dedicated UI designer, most of my concerns are DOM manipulation, form validation, and Ajax cooperation, which are introduced in the book in a clear and easy-understanding manner. I found the first two chapters are quiet handy to bring the reader, who has no clue of what jQuery is, a decent warm-up. I think reader should have had some basic knowledge of JavaScript before reading this one.
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