Beginning JavaScript and CSS Development with jQuery

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Overview

This book covers the jQuery JavaScript framework and the jQuery UI JavaScript framework to get more results more quickly out of JavaScript programming. I cover each method exposed by jQuery?s API, which contains methods to make common, redundant tasks go much more quickly in less code. I also cover how jQuery eliminates certain cross-browser, cross-platform development headaches like the event model; not only does it eliminate these headaches, but it also makes it easier to work with events by reducing the amount...

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Overview

This book covers the jQuery JavaScript framework and the jQuery UI JavaScript framework to get more results more quickly out of JavaScript programming. I cover each method exposed by jQuery’s API, which contains methods to make common, redundant tasks go much more quickly in less code. I also cover how jQuery eliminates certain cross-browser, cross-platform development headaches like the event model; not only does it eliminate these headaches, but it also makes it easier to work with events by reducing the amount of code that you need to write to attach events. It even gives you the ability to simulate events.

You should have a basic understanding of JavaScript. I review some basic JavaScript programming concepts, such as the Event API, but I do not go into great detail about the JavaScript language itself. You’ll want to have at least a basic grasp of the Document Object Model, or DOM, and basic JavaScript programming syntax. Additionally, you’ll need to know your way around CSS and HTML, since knowledge of those technologies is also assumed.

You’ll see how you can leverage the jQuery UI library to make graphically driven UI widgets. jQuery gives you the ability to break content up among multiple tabs in the same page. You have the ability to customize the look and feel of the tabs, and even to create a polished look and feel by providing different effects that come in when you mouse over tabs and click on them. Some of the UI elements and techniques include:

  • make any element draggable with the mouse
  • drag-and-drop user interfaces
  • lists that are sortable via drag-and-drop
  • re-size elements on a page using the mouse
  • entering a date into a field using a nice, accessible JavaScript-driven calendar that pops up when you click on an input field
  • custom pop-up dialogues that are like virtual pop-up windows
  • a graphical slider bar, similar to your media player’s volume control
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470227794
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/5/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 946,696
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard York (Indianapolis, IN) is a web application developer. He wrote his first book, Beginning CSS: Cascading Sheets for Web Design, with Wrox in 2004 following that success with the 2nd edition in 2007. Richard began his web development career taking courses at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. Since college, he has continued a self-imposed curriculum, mastering various technologies used in web development including HTML/XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and MySQL. An avid supporter of open source software, he has written an open source webmail application for PHP PEAR and is currently working on an open source PHP library and framework called Hierophant. Richard maintains a personal website at www.richard-york.com where you can learn more about his professional and personal interests.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to jQuery.

2. Selecting and Filtering.

3. Events.

4. Manipulating Content and Attributes.

5. Arrays and Iteration.

6. CSS.

7. AJAX.

8. Effects.

9. Plugin.

10. Implementing Drag and Drop.

11. Drag and Drop Sorting.

12. Selection by Drawing a Box.

13. Accordion UI.

14. Datepicker.

15. Dialogs.

16. Tabs.

Appendix A. Answers to Exercises.

Appendix B. Selectors Supported By jQuery.

Appendix C. Selecting and Filtering.

Appendix D. Events.

Appendix E. Manipulating Attributes, Content, and Data Caching.

Appendix F. Manipulating Content.

Appendix G. AJAX Methods.

Appendix H. CSS.

Appendix I. Utilities.

Appendix J. Draggables and Droppables.

Appendix K. Sortables.

Appendix L. Selectables.

Appendix M. Effects.

Appendix N. Accordion.

Appendix O. Datepicker.

Appendix P. Dialog.

Appendix Q. Tabs.

Appendix R. Resizables.

Appendix S. Sliders.

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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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  • Posted January 8, 2010

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    Great intro/reference

    I picked up this book because I wanted to learn JQuery. I didn't read it until I actually needed to (I got a project that required it). I was able to read through the book in about a day which was nice. It was an easy read and easy to understand for the most part. There were some sections that I had to reread over again because it just didn't click, but following the examples helped.

    Overall, this book feels like a well organized, nicely done web tutorial. The author covers the basics and quickly gets you into the swing of things. Later on, you get into plug-ins and doing some advanced tasks such as animations, drag & drop, etc. You should be able to accomplish any project after reading this book. I keep this book on my desk to use as a reference, it's easier than google.

    The book is quite heavy for its size. This is due to the thick, glossy, full color pages. I could have done without the color and thick pages, but it was very nice to have when looking at HTML. There were a lot of redundant pieces of code that could have been left out as well, but I suppose the book would have been much skinnier.

    The book also uses JQuery v 1.2.4, when I started, 1.3.6 was out. I did not have any trouble.

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  • Posted November 9, 2009

    Acceptable Beginning Book on jQuery

    This book is for the beginner to jQuery, not to programming on the whole. You do need a basic knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. This was my first book on JQuery with only a basic knowledge of the subject, still I found the book easy to follow. Having the code and illustrations in color was a real luxury. Although not essential for the code, it makes it easier to follow. On the other hand with many of the code examples using color in them the illustrations without color would have been almost useless.

    Although the book is over 500 pages, it really doesn't feel that long. There are pages that are nothing but code. That is not necessarily bad, you see the complete code. Would have liked the parts that were being focused on to be offset, maybe in bold. Overall I found the book acceptable for a beginning book on jQuery, I might not make it my first pick.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

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    Excellent intro to jQuery

    This book has a lot of examples of using jQuery. About 1/4 of the book is an appendix full of jQuery API Documentation.

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