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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely useful, a must have for any jQuery developers bookshelf, 27 Nov 2007
This review is from: jQuery Reference Guide (Paperback)
A good reference book needs a good structure and an even better index; the jQuery reference guide has just that.

The book is aimed developers with a basic knowledge of HTML and CSS, and an understanding of the syntax of JavaScript; no jQuery experience is needed or assumed, however I feel a little understanding of jQuery is useful to get you started, even though the introduction covers the basics. The book is particularly useful for forgetful developers like me, for quickly looking up functions.

Each section of the book is clearly labelled and well organized just like the jQuery online documentation, however, the book goes into much more detail than the online manual, and is much more useful if you have never used a particular function before since it explains and expands on usage scenarios.

The index is great; first, an alphabetical list of functions which is useful when you need to look up something fast, then a list of everything else in the book. This book makes it so much easier to find what you need than the website; the website has no obvious list of all functions, and the search often fails to find certain functions such as "each()".

Like "Learning jQuery", the language used in the book is clear and easy to understand, its quite well formatted also as an added bonus. The few screen shots there are, aren't too great, so its a good idea to check out the accomplying website for more examples on the tutorials in the book.

I love this book, the only thing that lets in down in my eyes is that a few functions are outdated with the new release of jQuery 1.2.1, this book was written for jQuery 1.1.2. However, this only effects a few functions and features, such as the XPath selectors which were dropped in the new version, so I'd still recommend it for reference.

In conclusion, if you use jQuery and you frequently find yourself looking at the online documentation when your stuck, get this book! It will help tremendously.
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