Head First jQuery

Head First jQuery

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by Ryan Benedetti, Ronan Cranley
     
 

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Want to add more interactivity and polish to your websites? Discover how jQuery can help you build complex scripting functionality in just a few lines of code. With Head First jQuery, you'll quickly get up to speed on this amazing JavaScript library by learning how to navigate HTML documents while handling events, effects, callbacks, and animations. By the

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Want to add more interactivity and polish to your websites? Discover how jQuery can help you build complex scripting functionality in just a few lines of code. With Head First jQuery, you'll quickly get up to speed on this amazing JavaScript library by learning how to navigate HTML documents while handling events, effects, callbacks, and animations. By the time you've completed the book, you'll be incorporating Ajax apps, working seamlessly with HTML and CSS, and handling data with PHP, MySQL and JSON.

If you want to learn—and understand—how to create interactive web pages, unobtrusive script, and cool animations that don't kill your browser, this book is for you.

  • Use jQuery with DOM to overcome the limitations of HTML and CSS
  • Learn how jQuery selectors and actions work together
  • Write functions and wire them to interface elements
  • Use jQuery effects to create actions on the page
  • Make your pages come alive with animation
  • Build interactive web pages with jQuery and Ajax
  • Build forms in web applications

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781449393212
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/29/2011
Pages:
500
Sales rank:
325,984
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.16(h) x 1.46(d)

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Meet the Author

Ryan Benedetti holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of Montana and works as a Web Developer/Multimedia Specialist for the University of Portland. He works with Flash, ActionScript, Adobe's Creative Suite, Drupal, Liferay Portal, and Apache's Jakarta Velocity Templating language.

For seven years, Ryan served as Department Head for Information Technology and Computer Engineering at SKC. Prior to that, he worked as editor and information systems specialist for a river, stream, and wetland research program in the School of Forestry at the University of Montana.

Ryan's poems have been published in Cut Bank and Andrei Codrescu's Exquisite Corpse. He spends his free hours painting, cartooning, playing blues harmonica, making Flash learning toys, and practicing zazen. He spends his best moments with his daughter, his son, and his sweetheart, Shonna, in Portland, OR.

Ronan Cranley is the Senior Web Developer/Systems Manager at University of Portland, Oregon. He has worked on an array of different projects in PHP, VB.Net, C# and Java. These include a client-side GIS system, a homegrown content management system, a calendaring/scheduling system, and a jQuery/Google Maps mashup. Ronan also serves as the SQL Server DBA for the University.

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Head First JQuery 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
m_k_o More than 1 year ago
It might sound strange, but first thing I am grateful to Ryan and Ronan is mentioning TextWrangler in the beginning of the book. This way I got familiar with very simple, useful, and free (free as in free beer) editor for Mac OS I haven't used jQuery before, and I wanted to see what it is all about. First of all, I like to learn by examples - and you got them here. All in one piece - zipped - directly on your hard drive from the Head First Lab web page (each example contains corresponding jQuery library). This is nice. You simply don't have to copy-paste everything you see in the book into your text editor. When it comes to the content. Well, this is always hard thing to judge. I know people who hate Head First series. They say it is not sophisticated enough. I am, on the contrary, a great fan of Head First. jQuery, like any other Head First series book, gives you simple, straight overview of the topic. OK, it will not provide you with as much text as other books, but hey, "A picture is worth a thousand words". And you will find lots of them here. However, if you consider yourself a hacker, don't buy it. It's rather for beginners. If you are a beginner - I'd consider buying it.
seredith More than 1 year ago
The book has a more laid back format than most manuals. They give examples to show how to use the code. It even has quizzes (quit groaning. It isn't like you'll be tested). It covers a lot of material, however they did not cover debugging and they tell you. Don't know the significance as just starting. So far I like the book.
Ken_SF More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be especially well written and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn and understand Ajax. The book is written in a way to guide you through the fundamentals of Ajax all the while putting Ajax in perspective of how it fits in with HTML, Javascript and CSS. After reading this book you should be able to incorporate Ajax into your own projects and feel comfortable with the concepts. You'll also be ready to use a book written more in the style of a reference manual which would be a boring way to learn and wouldn't describe the technology in a way to help you undersstand how it fits in to the overall scheme of web programming. Kudos the the authors. I purchased this book to update my skills and I'm very pleased.