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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 25 Feb 2010
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J. Mccollum - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Jquery Ui 1.7: The User Interface Library for Jquery (Paperback)
This book is intended to take you step by step through the jQuery UI library, an official suite of plugins that will take your web apps to the next level. It covers the high and low level widgets that make up the UI library, and the CSS and effects frameworks too.

The book will be easy enough for relative beginners to pick up the book (although some knowledge of HTML, CSS, and basic jQuery is required). Each chapter starts with the most basic usage example so that everyone can get up and running quickly. More options and methods are gradually introduced (with plenty of code samples along the way. Each piece of code can also be downloaded from the publisher's web site to save you having to type it!) Each chapter ends with a more advanced example which shows off an imaginative use of the library.

The book is engaging and well-written, and will serve as a great reference book after you read it through once. I would heartily recommend this title for beginner to intermediate users of jQuery UI.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid book for beginners and intermediates, 21 Feb 2010
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W. Linssen "Wil" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Jquery Ui 1.7: The User Interface Library for Jquery (Paperback)
The jQuery ui is essentially a set of pre built, ready to use JavaScript widgets based (obviously) on the jQuery framework. They can be really useful straight out of the box, or as the foundation for something more complex, and they also come packaged with a decent set of CSS themes.

Like the author says, it assumes you have some jQuery experience, but I don't think you need a lot: perhaps just a decent grasp of selectors. One thing I think the official jQuery and UI documentation lacks is real-world examples, that's obviously a deliberate thing so as not to restrict your imagination, but it can make it hard to envisage any kind of practical application. I think the examples in this book are a great way to learn the limitations, and structure of the UI.

The book is separated into chapters covering the following:

* Introducing the jQuery UI
* The CSS framework
* Individual widgets
* Drag and drop
* Resizing
* Selecting
* Sorting
* UI effects

The chapters regarding the UI widgets are thorough and enormously useful, they're structured so that if your experience level is greater you can skip to the bits you'll find more useful. The widget chapters are structured thus:

* Introduction to the widget with a nice diagram and an overview of it's methods and properties
* Implementation covering, the code you'll need to get the basic widget up and running
* Custom styling tells you what you need to do to extend or create a CSS theme
* Configurable options explanation
* Detailed explanation of the widget's methods and applications with examples
* Summary

I'd recommend the book to anyone who's new to the jQuery UI, the practical examples are a far better way to learn than trawling through the docs on the official site. As your experience level increases the book will become more of a reference, it's a handy thing to have around if you're planning to use the UI. It's well written and engaging, and the diagrams, examples and structure make it easy to pick up quickly. Similarly, if you are using it as a reference it's easy to dip in and out without having to hunt around too much for what you're looking for.
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