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  • Posted September 6, 2012

    Just Right for the Job

    JavaScript & jQuery by McFarland is just right for the job of learning both JavaScript & jQuery, particularly jQuery. It is ideal for the intermediate programmer wanting to learn how to accomplish day to day tasks in these languages. Another book I’ve read, jQuery in Action, by Bear Bibeault and Yehuda Katz I would recommend for the more advanced programmer, since it gives full syntax and explanations for each command, and comes with a recommendation in the Foreword from John Resig, the creator of jQuery, as the most definitive book in print on the subject.

    JavaScript & jQuery starts out giving a nod to those with little or no experience in programming. For example, you learn that Java and JavaScript are similar in name only, but are entirely different languages. Each chapter is divided into two sections: an explanation of the topic, followed by a tutorial example, which I find a very useful way to cover the material. You learn jQuery basics, such as the selector, chaining, how to intercept both methods and properties, and animation effects. Practical matters of using form controls and Ajax are made plain. Various plug-ins are recommended for calendars, slide shows, etc. Don’t expect a reference manual, but enjoy this most useful treatment of jQuery, which has become the de-facto standard for responsive client side web solutions.

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