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JQuery: Visual QuickStart Guide (Visual QuickStart Guides) Paperback – 30 Jun 2009
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Each example simply show you how to do something fairly simple in JQuery and no possible indication of why you should get excited about this.
I am ordering a different book Learning JQuery 1.3. I know I need to learn JQuery and I believe I will enjoy it, once I get some help! But there has to be a middle way between this and the "25 super cool navbars in JQuery!" approach of the tutorials I find with Google.
Each example has a full html document listed for its code example, and verbose step by step instructions (almost every other page has "1. Use a text editor (such as Microsoft WordPad) to create your WebPage.....")
That aside, the book is great if you want to get started with JQuery very quickly. The examples are sensible examples that cover, at least initially, scenarios that you may want to use in a real world project (the section on ajax is particularly good). I did find that I quickly outgrew this book though - but in a way that reflects how well the book works. I still refer back to it but mainly for a quick look at syntax but nothing much else. If it's anything more complex then it's easier to find the answers by googling it.
If you want a quick start in JQuery, then this does what it says so go with this. If you want a monster reference tomb, then go elsewhere (but if you want that for JQuery then you've probably missed the point).
The book consists of a set of worked examples for a few of the JQuery APIs. This is good stuff for beginners (the target audience), but after that it goes rapidly downhill. Each example consists and a couple of lines overview full of genuinely useful information, but with a frustratingly lack of depth. Then, as previous reviews have noted most of the details in the examples look as if they are copy-pasted from each other. Consequently I ended up skimming over almost the entire book.
Since this is aimed at beginners, it's probably worth noting that a basic level of HTML is assumed (though quite how anybody is going to gain this level of knowledge without learning that Microsoft WordPad is an example of a text editor is beyond me)
But light fluff to get you started and productive.
Ideal for the beginner.
Covers all the basics.
You will soon be confident to move onto a more detailed book.
Master this one frist then you are well prepared and soon will florish.