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on 20 March 2017
I'm reviewing the 2nd edition of this book. It has only a very brief coverage of Javascript; if you don't already know JS it would be best to get a separate book for that. It's main concentration is on jQuery, for which it's a good introduction. It can't cover everything but explains the basics. Once you get the hang of how jQuery works, the jQuery online documentation is very comprehensive, but what the documentation doesn't give is complete examples. It's also helpful to look at other people's code (download the development version of a plugin instead of the minimised version and look at it in an editor). I think the 3rd edition has more coverage of jQuery-UI, which is a collection of modules built on top of jQuery to provide specific features like tabbed panels, datepicker, etc.
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on 9 September 2016
I am delighted with this book. I think its approach to be mostly about jQuery and only cover the basics of JavaScript is the best one. What I learned enabled me to create a professional-looking internal web application that pleased my colleagues.
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on 5 March 2014
Excellent.. easy to read with idiot proof explanations.. just what I was after.. If you know a little html then this book will be a breeze..
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on 7 October 2012
I have mixed feelings towards this book. I guess your expectations will shape your experience with this book. If your aim is to learn quickly how to add nice stuff to your web pages, then this is a great book. It's very clear and you are nowhere stuck. Each example is properly explained step by step.
If on the other hand you want to learn JavaScript - the language - to develop in JavaScript, I don't think this is the proper book.
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on 11 June 2012
I like David Sawyer McFarland's teaching style; he goes to the trouble of briefly re-explaining things wherever that helps and is on a mission to have you learn, rather than be impressed with how much he knows. I have seen this book (actually, in a review of what is effectively an earlier edition, then entitled simply 'Javascript') criticised for moving fairly swiftly on to jQuery from Javascript 'pure'. However, for anyone who interested in actually getting things done, the author is doing exactly the right thing in establishing the fundamentals of Javascript, noting the extreme difficulty that inconsistent browser implementations of JS present to anyone looking to program in it, and then moving on to the technology that solves those things and makes Javascript usable - viz, jQuery. I strongly suspect that if you really studied Javascript you'd come back to jQuery as the best solution. So the smart thing to do is go direct to jQuery ASAP, and that's what you get here.

I have other books on web technology by David McFarland and they are all among the very best of the 30+ that I have read. Personally, I haven't found any errors in anything that he has written and the downloaded files are a valuable aid to the learning process - it is very useful to have these downloadable files, as you can't copy and past code from a Kindle book easily. One proviso; you should probably acquire a thorough knowledge of hands-on HTML and CSS before you attempt javascript and jQuery.

The book also provides a good number of useful code examples, covering the great majority of things you're probably wanting to use JS/jQuery for. Summary: it's an outstandingly good book and it comes with downloadable code examples that you can quickly adapt for use on your own sites.
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on 30 March 2012
I was just reading this for the JQuery really - I've read about Javascript before and not really been able to use it too much, but now I see JQuery as an easy way to leverage the power of Javascript on your site.

This cookbook-type manual contains common recipes (such as an animated menus, sliders, form validation or adding Google maps) that are the tip of the iceberg of jQuery functionality, but this book opened the door for me to be able to enhance my sites in the most common (and useful) ways that jQuery offers, and I still haven't read the chapter on "regular expressions" yet.

It does seem to contain a few typos and the demo files that I downloaded had a blooper in them that confused me for a while, but this book has been very useful and I think anybody will instantly be able to add common jquery enhancements to their site by simply copying the examples from the book.
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on 20 August 2013
This is the first time I log in to write a review for a book and I do so, because this book is so well written that it totally deserves it. I have read many programming books, but this is hands down the most well written, best explained and easy to follow book. I even considered using it for teaching programming to students, because it's very easy to follow and to the point.

+ easy to read and to the point
+ good exercises written in a way that makes it very easy to complete and see the results
+ everything contained is thoroughly explained

- is probably going too slow and is very repetitive, which I didn't mind since it helps printing what you learn well in your mind. You can skip many sentences, paragraphs or even sections, if you want to go fast, but it gives such a feeling of thoroughness that personally didn't mind reading the same concept being explained again and again.
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on 23 February 2013
I went through some JavaScript books around 7 years back. That time JavaScript and HTML were basically for hobby programmers. As my company had just bagged a project to replace SAP WDPs with BSPs for better user control, I had to breath life to my old JavaScript skills which I thought was redundant (being in SAP Field). Based on user ratings I opted for this book and I'am NOT disappointed.

Chapter 1 introduces us to the first JavaScript program. Author asks us to type version 1.6.3 of JQuery, but in his completed page he has typed 1.7.2. My script worked only after I typed the new version.

In chapter 2 author has given examples of variables. In the example for declaring multiple variables in one JavaScript statement, he could have used different types of variables instead of ONLY boolean. In this chapter I experimented a lot by putting double quotes and single quotes. The author could also have done this in exercises to drive home the point about the interchangeability of the quotes.

In the 3rd chapter, author has explained the multi dimensional Array with example in a simple easy to understand lingo. Also by trying out the Simple Quiz tutorial, I missed a lot of closing brackets and learnt how to debug in the browser (IE in my case).

I planned to complete 1 part every week, But my plans hit the road block once I reached part 2. i,e as soon as the JQuery introduction started. Author has taken all the pains to explain the concepts of JQuery. As usual he has asked us to refer to JQuery version 1.6.3 in exercises. After I completed the exercises nothing was working and then when I compared with the completed files (Which author has given), Author has referred to version 1.7.2. By correcting just the version the JS code started working.

Upto chapter 5 author has given exercises for us to work along with completed files. From chapter 6 onwards author has given a few completed files ONLY with code explanation. I started getting dizzy when I came to the topic Multiple call back functions, However the Author has explained this so well that I was able to complete the exercise of adding one more extra call back function.

Chapter 7 polishes our skills with a lot of interesting coding. By the time I reached this place, I was pretty confidant of coding and was able to go through the instructions quickly (except for the regular expression). I was able to complete the fancy box coding even before the actual step by step tutorial started at the last section of chapter 7. Author has given some extra files in the tutorial downloads. The expectation is you work on these files yourself.

In chapter 8, I became a bit adventurous and followed my own naming conventions for classes. As my scripts did NOT work for iframe, I realized that fancybox plugin has hardcoded the name iframe in their program so I HAD TO name my link class as iframe for the script to work

Author has discussed the JQuery plugins well. He could have done some remote loading examples also. The advanced validation part in Chapter 9 is quite code intensive. I missed a comma after rules (before starting the messages) and this made the page act funny. However this is entirely my own mistake. Author repeatedly warns us of missing commas and closing braces.

No example files have been given for topic DETERMINING THE SIZE AND POSTION OF PAGE ELEMENTS in chapter 10. Sample files explaining the CSS concepts would have been valuable as the topic itself is too theoretical with a lot of CSS elements being discussed.

Author has given details on how to retrieve values received as XML data in chapter 11. I just read through the AJAX getFunction() tutorial without working out, as we have our own SAP ABAP program for server side processing. There is a syntax error in the code given by the author for AJAX Login form. You can work this out with the debugger.
No examples have been given for JSON Data and objects

After finishing part 4, I started off designing my project JQuery only to hasten back to the book to finish off the final part 5. This final section was really useful and I read it with my project requirements in my mind. The sub topic Traversing the DOM was very useful in successfully demonstrating my newly acquired skills to the customer.

A must read, Debugging chapter should have been discussed earlier as this would have helped the readers to trouble shoot in the following topics. The author explains this well in a step by step tutorial. Most of my debugging was in IE9 without installing firebug. All I did was to select F12 in IE9 and followed the author's tutorial and it worked like charm. I was able to fix the error even before going to the step where the author reveals it.

The HTML in the tutorial files could have been more user friendly. In many instances I had to format the code in text files, else all the tags were occurring repeatedly one after the other.

Also the sample tutorial web pages have text in Latin (I found this by googling). Since the book is in English, the texts could also have been in English .

My requirement was to just learn the concepts of JavaScript and apply it minimally and use my expertise in serverside programming (ABAP in my case). This book serves the purpose by introducing JQuery which simplifies the JavaScript programming. If you want to take up JavaScript / JQuery as a profession, you have to continue reading other advanced topic books. For my own requirements, I might have to dive deeper into AJAX.

I will recommend this book to anyone who doesn't want to be going into the JQuery documentation. I made a futile attempt to go through the DHTML documentation, but this was too complicated especially for someone like me who just wanted to learn JavaScript / DHTML for hobby programming. This book has made the topic simpler with easy to test codes. Also this book has driven home the fact that using JQuery, we could combine JavaScript and DHTML and get lively web pages with a few lines of coding.

Be aware that you need to have some CSS background before your jump in.

CONCULSION - RECOMMENDED BOOK for Write less, Do More (JQuery Motto).
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on 11 September 2013
This is a great tutorial book with some well paced lessons. There are good resources to support, the book could do with a reference section for people to use when they complete the book. Well done all involved.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 4 December 2013
"JavaScript and jQuery: The Missing Manual" by David Sawyer McFarland is another JavaScript book on the market, trying to introduce reader to jQuery but also explaining some more difficult concepts in process.

This is book second edition, since previous edition jQuery was added in its title, but was renamed due to customer complaints about the contents which mainly focus on jQuery. That is perhaps the biggest drawback of the book because JavaScript and jQuery are both extensive areas and maybe it would be better to dedicate a separate book to each topic.

McFarland writes with excellence, readers will be presented with lot of information about JavaScript and jQuery, although JavaScript part is trimmed down (such as regular expression - regex - in the chapter "Going Forward with JavaScript) but instead lot of concepts are introduced including AJAX. Reader will be introduced to the basics of jQuery and after completing the book will be able to create a several transitions and targeting elements.

For readers accustomed to McFarland's writing (e.g. CSS: The Missing Manual book), the same approach was used for writing and tutorials. McFarland is skillful writer, able to communicate most of the points clearly. Author introduces some jQuery plugins giving practical examples for those who are new in this field.

This manual would be best suited for people already familiar with JavaScript and want some jQuery practical programming examples. It will give reader good introduction to JavaScript and jQuery but because both topics are so extensive it wasn't possible to go so much in the details.
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