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1.0 out of 5 stars Frustration in very big dollops..., 28 Jun. 2012
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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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Initial post: 28 Jun 2012 19:02:13 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jun 2012 19:02:56 BDT
Emmster says:
"I very much doubt if any of the 5 star rave reviewers have actually finished the book, and are offering misleading advice"

You've made a gross assumption about the integrity of the other reviewers (of which I am one) and spewed out a piece of slanderous misinformation based on that assumption. Don't accuse me, or anyone else, of impropriety when you've absolutely no evidence, other than your own negative experience leading to an opposing view.

I absolutely respect your right to an opinion on the book, but I disagree strongly with all three major points you've made and, having read the entire book, maintain that this is a perfectly acceptable introductory text to JQuery - assuming the purchaser understands the Head First book-style and meets the criteria specified in the opening chapter (reproduced within my review).

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jun 2012 10:23:51 BDT
Chris Carson says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jun 2012 11:24:54 BDT
Emmster says:
"So you did actually finish the book then?"

I think that speaks volumes - you read something but you don't take in the information. I stated in the previous comment that I had indeed read the entire book.

"You've done more to warn people about the uselessness of the book than I ever could."

Again, you seem to have a problem between what you read and what you conclude from the information presented. Both my review and my previous comment actually endorse the book. Perhaps you are looking for the deeper meaning or symbolism in my contribution, or the fact that I commented? Let me save you the effort - there is none, it is a straightforward review of an introductory technical manual, nothing more; and people commenting on reviews only shows that they agree or disagree strongly with that review. To attach a wider meaning to the act shows you up as a fantasist.

Your language, aggressive attitude and previous reviews all suggest that you're either a troll using Amazon as a forum for their bile, or a genuine idiot doing little-to-no research before purchasing items on-line. What is certain is that you need to grow up a little. Attacking people who don't share your views is juvenile at best and, if you're an adult, bigoted. Feel free to have the last word on the matter, as I'll not be wasting any more of my life indulging your ego.

"Thank you for your contribution"

You're welcome, it's sad that I can't thank you for yours.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Aug 2012 11:53:40 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Nov 2012 10:36:16 GMT
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