Learning jQuery: A Hands-on Guide to Building Rich Interactive Web Front Ends

Learning jQuery: A Hands-on Guide to Building Rich Interactive Web Front Ends

Learning jQuery: A Hands-on Guide to Building Rich Interactive Web Front Ends

Get started fast with jQuery web programming   The jQuery JavaScript library greatly simplifies the creation of modern, rich web applications, while seamlessly integrating with virtually all leading web development platforms and frameworks. Learning jQuery will guide you through using jQuery, jQuery UI, and jQuery Mobile in your own projects. One step at a time, you’ll learn how to do everything from adding simple effects through building complete rich Internet applications.   This code-

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  1. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A great book for the web developer looking to learn jQuery, July 1, 2013
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    This review is from: Learning jQuery: A Hands-on Guide to Building Rich Interactive Web Front Ends (Paperback)
    If you are considering learning jQuery, this is a great place to start. The author starts the book with an introduction that puts jQuery in context and then helps you set up a development environment.

    Although I think most people reading this book should already be at a level of experience in which they already have a development environment set up, you may want to use the author’s suggestion because it is focused on HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. I am using Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate which works fine, but is a heavy install.

    After the introduction the author jumps right into some examples to show you the jQuery syntax in several different scenarios. If you have not used jQuery at all this chapter gets you familiar with the syntax quickly.

    Next the author introduces a bunch of basics. The topics include the Web, Web 2.0, XML, JSON, JavaScript’s relationship to jQuery, AJAX, XMLHttpRequest, the DOM, CSS, and DHTML. The topics are not covered in detail, the author just makes sure to cover enough information about each to the level we can understand their place in relation to jQuery.

    Chapter 4 begins the in-depth journey into jQuery that continues for the next six chapters. The book has three more chapters after the ones detailing jQuery on jQuery UI, Plug-Ins, and jQuery Mobile. I have listed all the chapters below.

    1. Introduction
    2. First Examples with jQuery
    3. Basic Knowledge
    4. How jQuery Works
    5. Selectors and Filters
    6. Accessing the Elements of a Web Page
    7. Formatting with Style Sheets Under jQuery
    8. Event Handling Under jQuery
    9. Effects and Animations
    10. AJAX
    11. jQuery UI
    12. Plug-Ins
    13. jQuery Mobile

    Each chapter goes in-depth, yet they also cover a lot of topics. For example the AJAX chapter covers AJAX and XMLHttpRequest (XHR) Basics, Special AJAX Support in jQuery, $.get() and $.post(), Getting and Parsing JSON Data: getJSON() and parseJSON(), Loading a Script Later via AJAX: jQuery.getScript(). The General Variation for Loading Data: load(), Serializing Data, Default Values for AJAX, and AJAX Events and Event Handlers.

    The author’s writing style makes this book a pleasure to read. He is clear and concise. The book does not contain filler content.

    One thing I really like about the book is the author did a great job of logically ordering the chapters making it a nice cover to cover read, but it will also work well as a reference in the future.

    It contains a great index which has had everything I have wanted to look up so far. Mentioning a great a index may seem weird, but I have had plenty of bad ones that have actually hurt the book’s usability.

    The code is really well organized. Each chapter gets a folder and each example gets an HTML page, JavaScript file, and CSS if needed. The page and file names include the sample number in the book which makes them really easy to locate.

    All in all this is a great book for the web developer looking to learn jQuery. I highly recommend it!!!

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  2. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent Introductory/Reference Book for JQuery, June 18, 2013
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    This review is from: Learning jQuery: A Hands-on Guide to Building Rich Interactive Web Front Ends (Paperback)
    Overall Recommendation: Strong Buy

    Strengths of the book:
    JQuery is a very good web framework that is critical for developers who have decent Javascript experience.

    This book is excellent as introduction and reference to the following:
    * JQuery
    * JQuery UI
    * JQuery Mobile

    No book is complete without using online resources. This book falls in that group. You cannot expect to pick this book up and assume you will have all the information. You can use the book for introduction but will have to use online resources for deeper knowledge and tips.

    I like the writing style of the author. Very relaxed and great for developers who are getting familiar with JQuery ecosystem. Each chapter has a lot of Tips. The author gives his personal recommendations such as using Aptana as IDE.

    Chapter 2 starts with a JQuery example. This gives you a feel for JQuery. Chapter 3 goes deeper into web, html, xml and JSON. This chapter is useful to grasp concepts such as DOM.

    Chapter 4 goes into JQuery depths.

    Chapter 10 on AJAX is excellent particularly treatment of JSONP.

    Chapter 11 describes JQuery UI which is very useful for developers. It walks through the ThemeRoller which is critical for JQuery UI usage. This is one of the best chapters in the book. Information on JQuery UI and JQuery Mobile in the same book is value for your money.

    Chapter 13 talks about JQuery Mobile. This is an excellent reference chapter. JQuery Mobile is a great framework for mobile devices.

    The appendix gives a refresher into Javascript. If you already know JS, then this can be a breeze if not, a decent read.

    Suggestions for future editions:
    Some additional examples such as projects would be useful.

    Anil Saldhana
    Chicago Java Users Group

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  3. 5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Detailed introduction to jQuery short on practical examples, June 5, 2013
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    This review is from: Learning jQuery: A Hands-on Guide to Building Rich Interactive Web Front Ends (Paperback)
    The book provides an in-depth introduction to jQuery syntax; almost every method, function, or other feature is accompanied by a short code example. However, in the interest of clarity, the author employs mostly “toy” examples to help elucidate the specific syntactic element at hand, rather than providing code that could be useful templates to real programming situations. If you are coming from another JavaScript framework (or have general experience manipulating DOM), the book’s approach is excellent as it allows you to quickly implement techniques you already know in jQuery. On the other hand, if you are looking for a more practical introduction to how JavaScript is used to build web pages in the real world, this isn’t for you. Also, as of June 6, 2013, the website the author indicates contains code for the examples (http://jquery.safety-first-rock.de referenced on page 19) does not, in fact, contain the code.

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