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Frustration in very big dollops...
, 28 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Head First jQuery (Brain-Friendly Guides) (Paperback)
There doesn't seem to be any half measures with these Head First books. They're either very good or very bad. This one's a stinker. It won't teach you anything about jQuery, as it's only an introduction to the concept of jQuery and just skims the surface. It starts to introduce one aspect of jQuery and before it's finished explaining that aspect properly, it jumps onto something else leaving you high and dry and confused, simply because what's being explained hasn't been explained at all in any meaningful detail. Worse than that is that it hasn't been explained well enough for you to get a proper understanding of what it is you're trying to do. Because the book is so bloated with waffle the authors have kept the important information that you need in order to absorb the relevant details, to the absolute minimum in order to expand on the waffle. Which is no good to anybody if your main preoccupation is to learn jQuery and not faff about with the waffle. The authors are more interested in padding the book out with waffle than giving you meaningful information and when the meaningful information gets in the way of the waffle, the waffle wins every time. It works out to about 25 per cent jQuery and 75 per cent meaningless drivel. If it was less drivel and more jQuery it might actually be useful and teach you something, which is why you bought the book in the first place. With so much padding and so little jQuery it's hardly surprising it doesn't offer much in the way of teaching you jQuery.
What makes it worse is the fact the exercise files don't bear any relation to what you're being told to do in the pages. Sure there's beginning and end exercise files, but the beginning files are blank pages and the ending files have no resemblance to the exercise you're currently working on and is not the code you've been instructed to follow. So opening the finished file for a peek at the code when you're stuck is no help whatsoever because what's in the finished file is nothing like what you've been told to follow in the pages. I very much doubt if any of the 5 star rave reviewers have actually finished the book, and are offering misleading advice. But of course you'll never know until you try it for yourself. Good luck.
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