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  • Posted February 24, 2010

    Not what I expected

    I am a PHP programmer, but have always stayed away from Javascript after dealing with all the browser issues years ago when I first gave Javascript a try. I have read that Jquery has patched up many of these issues and is a great way to use Javascript without worrying about browser compatibility. I took this to mean that I could learn Jquery and not worry about re-learning JavaScript, but it appears I am wrong and need to still relearn the foundations of JavaScript, at least according to this book.

    I purchased this book because the title states it beginning Javascript and css development with Jquery, and the back cover states "This book is for web designers eager to do more with their web-based applications, but who do not necessarily have much JavaScript experience. Some basic knowledge of XHTML and CSS is necessary." Yet in the introduction, on page XX, the author states "You should have a basic understanding of Javascript." This seems to be a contradiction with what is stated on the back of the book and the title.

    I decided to give it a read anyway since I bought it and found the examples to be very long. Rather than breaking it down into a few small examples, the "try this" examples are usually very long and you have to also type out all of the HTML. You can download the code, but it would have been nice to have the "try this" example broken down into smaller examples and some skeleton examples where you could just fill in the Jquery in order to get familiar with the code. In addition, I like books which take you through the process of setting up an actual site and allows you to build on your previous code in order to see the progression and Jquery in action. This book is organized more into a concept -> example, without any relation to what you had previously done. At least this is how it seems from a newb to both Jquery and Javascript.

    I purchased this book and Jquery cookbook in hopes I could learn with the beginning javascript and css development with Jquery, but it seems I am already looking for a new beginning guide to Jquery. I have also decided to buy a book on basic JavaScript so I can re-learn the basics while learning Jquery. If you are someone who likes to learn while creating a website or by building up on the previous code, this isn't the book for you. If you are an already established JavaScript coder, this book will probably be a breeze for you, and may even be too simplistic.

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