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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (26 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847196985
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847196989
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 994,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kae Verens

Kae Verens is an owner manager of the web-development company Webworks.ie and is currently secretary of the Irish PHP Users Group. He has been writing in JavaScript since the mid 90s, and in PHP since the late 90s. Kae is the creator of the file management system KFM, the CMS WebME (used by Webworks.ie for over 200 separate clients), and the author of the Packt book jQuery 1.3 with PHP.

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Format: Paperback
I prefer the blow-by-blow reviewing style, so here are my thoughts on jQuery 1.3 with PHP

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.
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A pretty good book, but some of the PHP used is a bit advanced and not what a beginner would consider conventional. E.g short hand if statements. Really needs you to follow along with the code but its worth the effort. The best way to learn is by getting your hands dirty with the code. I'll prob come back to this book after a bit more time with the basics of jQuery.
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The book states that it is for PHP developers. Yes it is good for PHP develpers but it is exceptional, in my opinion for nearly-newbies to PHP and jQuery alike.

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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HASH(0x94916bd0) out of 5 stars Written from the perspective of a php developer 15 Dec. 2009
By Cody Lindley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have to admit that when I picked this book up I was hoping to learn a thing or two about php. However, after a careful read of the book's description any disappoint I felt was my own fault, as the author is very clear about the book's intentions. It's clear the author intended this book for readers who have already mastered php and are seeking additional knowledge about JavaScript/jQuery.

So, if you are a php developer who has never bothered to look over the fence at client-side coding practices, this book is ideally for you. If you are a JavaScript developer looking to learn a thing or two about PHP you might be frustrated as the author assumes you are already "good" at php development. Because of this assumption made by the author, very little insight into the php code is given. But, to the author's credit, he warns us about this fact upfront.

Regardless of your knowledge of php or JavaScript/jQuery, this book does an excellent job at presenting many of the patterns and concepts centered around using AJAX and UI patterns to eliminate complete page reloads. I enjoyed the coded examples in spirit more than I enjoyed reading the code. While the JavaScript code gets the job done, I found the use of the custom DOM ready event to be unnecessary, as well as the organization of functions in the global window scope to be a bit dangerous. On the positive side, I did get the impression that the author understood jQuery completely and utilized the library efficiently and effectively.

In my opinion, this is a great book for a very specific type of reader. And that reader would be a php developer who is disconnected to what's been going on with JavaScript and client-side coding paradigms common in today's web development world.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94916c24) out of 5 stars A Great Book for PHP Developers 4 Feb. 2010
By Dan Wellman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
jQuery 1.3 with PHP by Kae Varens is a great book that shows you how to interface jQuery with PHP. It's different from any other web development book I've read because it approaches things from the opposite perspective that I personally am used to - from the server to the client. It's aimed at competent PHP developers that want to learn how to use jQuery. Strictly speaking I'm outside of the scope of who the book is aimed at, but fortunately I knew just enough PHP to follow along with the examples and know roughly what is happening in the server-side code. It is made clear very early on who the book is aimed at.

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.

Overall this is a great book with very thorough and well-explained examples and plenty of code that the average server-side developer could take away and reuse. I would certainly recommend it for server-side developers with little knowledge of JavaScript.
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HASH(0x92d26f54) out of 5 stars Great Book on jQuery with PHP 11 Jan. 2010
By Frank Stepanski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
jQuery is one of the most popular JavaScript libraries on the web right now, and it can used for many situations in web design and development. One of the most used sever-side languages on the web is PHP and uysing jQuery and PHP together is a great combination as the author Kae Verens demonstrates in this great 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.

The book is geared towards the beginner to intermediate PHP programmer as well as the would-be programmer who is a client-side designer with some JavaScript experience.

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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94916eac) out of 5 stars Beef up your web apps with jQuery. 15 Feb. 2010
By Andrew E. Stratton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a great resource for better than novice PHP programmers. It is not a step-by-step tutorial on jQuery, Javascript or PHP but rather a series of real-world examples of using jQuery and jQuery plugins to create a better user-experience. Topics including content hierarchy and organization using tabs/accordians, making AJAX requests to organize and pre-validate form data, building a simple calendar, managing files and uploading, image manipulation and more.

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).

All in all a great book for a PHP developer looking to beef up their web apps with jQuery. The book assumes you have a solid understanding of PHP programming and at least a dash of Javascript/jQuery experience. It'd be beneficial to do a few bare-bones jQuery tutorials before beginning and then dive in.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94917108) out of 5 stars Nice collection 24 Feb. 2010
By Mario Rimann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Kae Verens put together a long list of cool ideas what can be accomplished by jQuery and PHP. I was surprised that stuff like the form-validation can be configured in one place and used both on the frontend with jQuery and serverside with PHP. Also the addon to create a fully features calendar was awesome!

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!
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