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5.0 out of 5 stars a very enjoyable and useful book, 1 April 2013
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This review is from: JavaScript & jQuery: The Missing Manual (Paperback)
I wrote an extensive review of David Sawyer McFarland's (DSM) CSS book. I have become quite the fan.
The thing with Javascript and with Jquery is that you can basically do just about anything and go from very basic useful scripts all the way to creating professional online games that are networked. DSM keeps the focus of this book on non-programmers who want to add useful effects and interactivity to their web pages. It's not particularly advanced, but it is very well explained and gives (IMO) an excellent and very gently sloping introduction to all the key aspects of using JQuery (there are 3 introductory chapters on Javascript and they are useful but quite pared down)

I think this book is a great place to start so that you 'get' the philosophy of JQuery (which is gorgeously well made I think) and then if you want to become some kind of Ninja or guru, there are quite a few other books out there that will push the envelope.
I read it prior to going to a course on .net server side development and I think it did the job I now feel pretty confident that I understand the thinking behind JQuery.

it covers pretty much everything from how JQuery uses CSS selectors to home in on the DOM , to having useful ways of hiding and showing extra panels, using very sophisticated JQuery plugins for photo galleries, forms handling and validation and finally to Ajax with a simple but instructive pair of examples.

As usual with DSM the book is very well written, quite witty and has an excellent easily downloadable set of tutorial files, that all work. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get their feet wet with JQuery and after that, there are many other sources of info for deepening that knowledge. More and more I find that once you have a way 'in' to a technology, you've conquered half the problem. You start to grasp the thinking behind the design and what the possibilities are. This book is a great 'in' I think.
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