- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Packt Publishing (27 Jan. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849510040
- ISBN-13: 978-1849510042
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,166,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
jQuery 1.4 Reference Guide Paperback – 27 Jan 2010
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The eleven chapters cover the following:
- Anatomy of a jQuery script
- Selector Expressions
- DOM Traversal Methods
- DOM Manipulation Methods
- Event Methods
- Effect Methods
- AJAX Methods
- Miscellaneous Methods
- jQuery Properties
- The Plug-in API
- Alphabetical Quick Reference
The first chapter gently introduces the reader to the jQuery framework, as it quickly but clearly dissects an example that dynamically extracts headings from an HTML document and assembles them into a table of contents. My only criticism on this chapter is that it doesn't mention the recommended practice of using Google's jQuery CDN, preferring to link to a local, downloaded copy.
Subsequent chapters get into the swing of jQuery methods and techniques, using examples to complement their description. Reference guides are rarely the most exciting books, but this is actually quite easy to read, and the examples are well written and help push the reader through the content.
Chapter 10 focuses on plug-in development, and although short, does cover the essentials in a well-written overview of a simple print plugin.
Despite the quality of the online documentation, this is a worthwhile book for any jQuery developer, owing to its clear and direct content. Although the framework is evolving, the book is likely to be relevant for a long time to come.
jQuery 1.4 brought many new features and performance improvements, and this book does a great job of documenting them. As other reviewers have pointed out, there are 11 chapters into which all of the jQuery 1.4 methods are organised. The chapters include AJAX, animation, selectors, DOM traversal and manipulation among others. In addition, there is an excellent chapter on the jQuery plugin API - one of the highlights of the book for me. This chapter really demonstrated how easy it is to create plugins (of various types), encouraging code re-use and easier maintenance.
The other highlight for me was a chapter at the beginning of the book - regarding selectors. Selectors are perhaps one of the first things you learn when you first begin to work with jQuery, but it was great to revisit this topic - the selector engine is much more powerful and flexible than I had realised.
In addition, there are a couple of useful appendixes which provide a wealth of further information.
The writing style is on the terse side, but for a book of this sort, that's a positive for me. There is very little 'fluff' here - the emphasis is on providing the necessary information quickly, with a minimal code sample to demonstrate the method.
Consequently, this isn't a book for beginners, or for a reader looking for tutorials. For that, consider Learning JQuery 1.3 instead. However, if you're an intermediate to advanced jQuery developer looking to further your knowledge, this book is excellent.
To top it all off, the publishers donate a portion of the profits from this book to the jQuery project, so in buying this book, you are indirectly helping to fund the project. 5 stars from me!
The first chapter gives examples of jQuery code and serves as an introduction to jQuery as well as an introduction to the other chapters of the book and what they contain. Following chapters contain all the functions and features of jQuery and make up the reference portion of the book.
The alphabetical quick reference section is what you will probably be most likely to reach for when you need to look-up how to use a feature or function. Its divided into 3 parts (selectors, methods and properties) and is very handy -- I found myself using it a lot when I needed to look up function arguments quickly during development.
Like the last edition, each section of the book is clearly labelled and well organised. The language used in the book is concise and easy to understand, code is well formatted, diagrams are clear, examples and descriptions are given, and even certain `gotchas' (for example, browser bugs) are pointed out and explained.
Overall, if you are a developer using jQuery then this is a brilliant quick-reference guide to have on your desk.
I can't figure out anything negative to say about jQuery 1.4 Reference Guide. It probably serves best those already familiar with jQuery. Its explanations are clear and terse. Just the way I like it.
In addition to reference material there's some nice information about anatomy of a jQuery script (first chapter) and plugins (last chapter). Despite this I believe that beginners will probably be served better by some other book, such as "Learning jQuery 1.3" or "jQuery in Action".
If you need something quickly to refer to while developing using jQuery this is the book to pick. There's no way around that.