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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (7 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449397220
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449397227
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Flanagan is a computer programmer who spends most of his time writing about JavaScript and Java. His books with O'Reilly include JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, JavaScript Pocket Reference, Java in a Nutshell, Java Examples in a Nutshell, and Java Foundation Classes in a Nutshell. David has a blog at www.davidflanagan.com.


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A J Furniss on 2 Feb. 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is just out at first edition and I received my copy in the post just last week (late Jan 2011).

What a little gem!

I was expecting just a condensed summary of jQuery selector syntax and methods (and would have been happy to pay the asking price for just that) but this Pocket Reference goes way further with not inconsiderable, fact-rich explanatory text offering invaluable insight into the subject matter.

Indexing is right up to O'Reilly's usual standards - excellent.

After several thumb-throughs of the book and several specific look-ups, my only criticisms concern "method chaining" which is not brought out as a topic in its own right. It's mentioned in the introduction and again in the "Selectors & Selection Methods" and "Extending jQuery with Plugins" chapters but could be given better exposure.

On the same point, it's important when building a method chain to understand what each method returns. The final chapter "jQuery Quick Reference" does address returned values but not for all methods. ":jQuey" is stated in some cases but not all, so what is the default if no return is indicated? (Or am I missing something fundamental here?) If I'm right, then the chapter would be improved by being more consistent and the same applies throughout the book, though finding a consistent format for stating the returns in the other chapters, which are of a more narrative nature, might be a challenge for the author.

In summary, my misgivings are minor and I would thoroughly recommend this text to anybody seeking to build on a basic understanding of jQuery, and more experienced jQuery programmers who simply need a quick reference for those rarer methods and syntaxes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 26 Mar. 2011
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This little book packs a lot in, and in fact gives you a better background than some longer introductory books. The beauty of it is once you have read it you can keep it as a reference. If you any kind of web developement background and some basic Javascript knowledge this is all you might need. Can't recommend it enough.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on 31 Mar. 2012
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These are the promises on the back cover...

... "Read less, learn more" .... "You'll learn how to : ..."...

Alas, the book fails to deliver.

I'm a professional programmer with over a decade's commercial experience in programming, and I bought this jQuery reference after buying "Professional ASP.NET MVC3" and within a week of buying that book felt like I'd been using MVC3 for years. I felt that I needed something to do the same for my jQuery skills and so I bought this jQuery reference book thinking it would be a quick way to get up to speed on jQuery.

How wrong could I be!

This jQuery reference has to rank as one of the poorest written books I've read in a long time. It serves as neither a reference nor a tutorial.

The main problem is the grammatical style that the author uses. Or rather the poor grammatical style.

The grammar at first glance appears fine. The sentences taken in isolation look like good english and the spelling is correct. It feels like it's been thoroughly proof read. In fact, put against the MVC3 book I mentioned earlier, this jQuery book has far fewer of what you might think of as grammatical 'errors' in the traditional sense.

Yet that MVC3 book is far easier to read - in fact I'd go as far as to say the MVC3 book is a pleasure to read, whereas reading this jQuery book is like torture. If you don't already know jQuery, your head will hurt. If you do already know, then why do you need this book?

Where this jQuery book falls down, is in the cohesion of the text (or rather lack of).

Now, before I go any further, I will acknowledge that this book claims to be a reference book. So why should I expect cohesion?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richtourist on 21 Jan. 2012
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Flanagan's use of language is often ambiguous- he refers to both method chaining and supplying arguments as 'passing'.
His examples are repetative rather than specific- they repeat the obvious, rather than exemplifying the edge-case.
He often leaves out syntax details which, presumably, he expects you should known since this is a reference work.

If his examples were specific, his language unambiguous, and the syntax which glues it all together included then the book would be great, but it will leave the beginner to trial-and-error learning.

The reference function of the book is complicated and marred by the poor explinations.

If you "know but can't quite remember", then this book will be very handy and is cheap.
If you "almost know and want to know more", then this book may slow you down with confusion.
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Naturally you aren't an expert after reading this, but it does contain a lot of information about various aspects of what jquery can be used to do and how.

It explores many aspects of jquery from basic functions that makes JavaScript more easy to use to DOM (Document Object Model) handling to Ajax and animations.
It gives a good introduction to these different uses of jquery, and is good for looking up things or getting a taste of what jquery can do for you.
So it's great for wetting your appetite and giving you an introduction to one of the most exciting aspects of JavaScript.
I still use it to quickly look something up if I'm in doubt.

So all in all, a great look into the world of jquery. But you need a more detailed/longer book to make yourself a jquery expert.
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