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  • Paperback: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing; 4th Revised edition edition (25 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178216314X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782163145
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
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Karl Swedberg

Karl Swedberg is a web developer at Fusionary Media in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he spends much of his time making cool things happen with JavaScript. As a member of the jQuery team, he is responsible for maintaining the jQuery API site at api.jquery.com. He is also a member of jQuery's Board of Advisors and a presenter at workshops and conferences. When he isn't coding, he likes to hang out with his family, roast coffee in his garage, and exercise at the local CrossFit gym.


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Haven't used the book yet since we haven't gotten there in our course at University, but it seems like a really good book. A con is that the frontpage was torn from the bottom when it arrived.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Comprehensive at All! 23 May 2014
By L. S. Marcus - Published on Amazon.com
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I used this book as an accompanying reference for my students in my "jQuery Boot Camp" course because the book I had been using "jQuery in Action" hasn't been updated in quite some time and has become outdated.

While this book is useful to get started with jQuery, it is far from comprehensive and isn't a good book for reference at all. The book simply doesn't believe in listing related content together, nor does it believe in documenting the API in a readable way. Most jQuery methods are shown using one of their possible parameter sets and none of the other possibilities are shown. Most of the time, the book will simply direct you to the jQuery.com API document "for more information".

One of the things that caused me to order this book was that it included discussion of Deferred and Promise objects, but after reading it, this information is only superficially covered and the topic is spread out with some discussion in several different chapters.

Overall, I found the book to be wildly disorganized (why do we have selectors covered in chapter 2 and then again in chapter 9 and events in chapters 3 and then 10, effects in chapter 4 and then again in chapter 11, DOM in 5 and then 12?) under the guise of introduction vs. advanced material which only serves to cause the reader to have to flip back and forth between different chapters constantly and very superficial - there should have been comprehensive API documentation presented on the same page as the introduction of a method, rather than documentation only in Appendix C that leaves the reader with more questions than it answers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional resource on jQuery! 11 July 2013
By Alex Babushka - Published on Amazon.com
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Learning jQuery is an outstanding book written by the masters and accessible to anyone with at least a basic understanding of JavaScript. The authors take a truly comprehensive approach to the subject, providing in-depth explanations of the library's fundamentals as well as more advanced features and packing the book with useful code examples.

Now in its fourth edition, this text has finally received a much needed update covering the latest versions of jQuery 1.10 and 2.0. An entire chapter is dedicated to building plugins - just what I needed! Also, two (newly refreshed) chapters each on event handling, effects and Ajax methods leave virtually no stone unturned.

If you are just starting out with jQuery, don't waste your time reading a For Dummies book; instead, pick up a copy of this 400 page bad boy (or a digital edition available directly from Packt Publishing) and it'll be the only book you'll need to read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Example code is EXTREMELY DIFFICULT to find!!!!! 3 Jun. 2014
By Terry Barker - Published on Amazon.com
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The example code, which you absolutely need in order to use this book, is not available in the book. And according to the authors, you need to get it from the publisher's website packt.com. If you sign up on their website, you will be (according to the book) sent a link (or a secret code, or something, ?) to gain access to the code.
All I've gotten so far from the publisher's website is junk mail. Lots of it. Even though I cleared/checked all the appropriate boxes so I would not get junk. AND -- despite repeated email requests for access to the online code, I get no response. Just more junk mail.

Anyway, my frustration level put me into geek goddess mode, so I was able to retrieve the code from book dot learningjquery dot com which is surprising because the site is clearly shown as being archived, and there are no clearly marked direct links from the home page to the link I describe (Amazon does not allow external links so you'll have to translate). Unless you happen to be familiar with this defunct site. Then you might get a clue that "download the entire site as a zip file" means downloading the code for the book. I didn't know that and I didn't want to download an entire site.

However, at the link described above, there's a nice code browser: code on left side of the window, and what it's supposed to look like on the right. That's very helpful and cool, until you need the images beginning in chapter 2. Another option then, is to download the zip files, which include images. But I found it even easier (than messing with zip files) to retrieve code/images in an "as you go" fashion from github do com slash dbasilioesp slash learningJquery slash find slash master. So there you go. My experience is that half the book is missing (the code examples), and bloody difficult to locate, even though you've paid for them and it really shouldn't be that hard.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 24 Aug. 2013
By Yev - Published on Amazon.com
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Before I started reading this book I had no idea what jQuery was and I knew very little about JavaScript. Having read the book, I whipped up a JavaScript-jQuery version of minesweeper in just a couple of hours.

I also liked the fact that each chapter has assignments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The only book you need to know Javascript 23 Aug. 2013
By Klen - Published on Amazon.com
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I have the third edition and bought this fourth one to refresh my skills (I do JavaScript programming very often these days). The book was great when I started serious programming (with 3rd edition) and it's great now. Recommended!
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