- 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
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 427,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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.
The most useful chapters for me were the two chapters directly dealing with AJAX. The authors clearly explain how to use different techniques from convenience methods to more sophisticated approaches when using jQuery to display and manipulate data. I loved the simplicity of the examples, just enough for you to grasp, yet not overwhelming.
If you're looking to learn jQuery then this should be your foundation. I would read this book not only once, but multiple times!
Excellent, excellent, excellent!