jQuery 1.3 with PHP Paperback – 26 Oct 2009
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Chapter 1: Introduction and Overview
Nice intro to the book with a few good examples of jQuery usage, but also a great analogy explaining AJAX requests (for anyone who's been living in a cave for the last few years)
Chapter 2: Quick Tricks
This chapter is where you start getting your hands dirty with some great real-world examples. Lots of people have wondered how to do "that edit-in-place thing that Flickr does with text inputs", and here it is. Also, despite using jQuery for over two years, I managed to learn a few functions I'd never even heard of before. Bonus.
Chapter 3: Tabs and Accordions
Here, you get introduced to jQuery UI, which is a great way to ease the pain for the developer with little-to-no CSS knowledge. With that same developer in mind, the CSS instructions are clear enough without being patronising. The basic jQuery Accordion and Tabs are covered, but with a nice PHP twist to aid end users. You're also introduced to a little AJAX usage, which dynamically loads the data into the Accordion and Tabs.
Chapter 4: Forms and Form Validation
A solid chapter about forms that covers some nifty tricks with JSON, including: form validation, remote validation, dynamic selects, auto-suggestion.
Chapter 5: File Management
Some basic security concerns are addressed here, before moving on to build a file manager. There's a lot of code in this chapter, which deals with reading, creating, renaming, deleting, and moving files and directory structures.Read more ›
Yes there is some technical stuff in there but the examples are so clear (and copy-pastable) that I as somebody without jQuery or PHP expertise was successfull with the examples.
Chapters 3 and 8 are worth the cost of the book alone. Creating cool dynamic tabs and accordions was a breeze and dragging and dropping page elements slightly more challenging but still achieveable for a determined novice.
Yes good book.
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One thing that I really liked about this book was that as well as the strong focus on jQuery throughout (as you'd expect) the author also included not just one, but several different examples of using jQuery UI in conjunction with PHP. jQuery UI is the official UI library for jQuery so I think it's important that it should be covered in this kind of book.
The author does an excellent job of explaining some of the cool things like the many plugins that are available for creating things as inteactive select boxes, tabs, accordians and how ot integrate these plugin scripts within your PHP code with real-life examples.
Other topics covered by the author are file management, image manipulation, calendars, and drag and drop manipulation. There are lots of examples and code snipets that are used which helps the reader learn everything ste-by-step.
I highly recommed this book to anybody who wants learn how to integrate some cool effects and commercial interactivity to their websites.
A great book!
There is even a good chapter that quickly touches on the different aspects of optimizing your applications with things like caching, code re-use/organization and content delivery networks (CDN's).
The book is written as a cook-book and features many walk-trough solutions for common issues. If you're looking for a full reference of jQuery, that's not the right book for you. But if you're looking for solutions and inspiration, grab that book!