JavaScript & jQuery: The Missing Manual

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JavaScript lets you supercharge your HTML with animation, interactivity, and visual effects—but many web designers find the language hard to learn. This jargon-free guide covers JavaScript basics and shows you how to save time and effort with the jQuery library of prewritten JavaScript code. You’ll soon be building web pages that feel and act like desktop programs, without ...

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Overview

JavaScript lets you supercharge your HTML with animation, interactivity, and visual effects—but many web designers find the language hard to learn. This jargon-free guide covers JavaScript basics and shows you how to save time and effort with the jQuery library of prewritten JavaScript code. You’ll soon be building web pages that feel and act like desktop programs, without having to do much programming.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Make your pages interactive. Create JavaScript events that react to visitor actions.
  • Use animations and effects. Build drop-down navigation menus, pop-ups, automated slideshows, and more.
  • Improve your user interface. Learn how the pros make websites fun and easy to use.
  • Collect data with web forms. Create easy-to-use forms that ensure more accurate visitor responses.
  • Add a dash of Ajax. Enable your web pages to communicate with a web server without a page reload.
  • Practice with living examples. Get step-by-step tutorials for web projects you can build yourself.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449399023
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/2/2011
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 538
  • Sales rank: 93,594
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

David Sawyer McFarland is president of Sawyer McFarland Media, Inc., a Web development and training company in Portland, Oregon. He's been building websites since 1995, when he designed an online magazine for communication professionals. He's served as webmaster at the University of California at Berkeley and the Berkeley Multimedia Research Center, and oversaw a complete CSS-driven redesign of Macworld.com. David is also a writer and trainer, and teaches in the Portland State University multimedia program. He wrote the bestselling Missing Manual titles on Adobe Dreamweaver, CSS, and JavaScript.

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Table of Contents

The Missing Credits

Introduction

Part One: Getting Started with JavaScript

Chapter 1: Writing Your First JavaScript Program

Chapter 2: The Grammar of JavaScript

Chapter 3: Adding Logic and Control to Your Programs

Part Two: Getting Started with jQuery

Chapter 4: Introducing jQuery

Chapter 5: Action/Reaction: Making Pages Come Alive with Events

Chapter 6: Animations and Effects

Part Three: Building Web Page Features

Chapter 7: Improving Your Images

Chapter 8: Improving Navigation

Chapter 9: Enhancing Web Forms

Chapter 10: Expanding Your Interface

Part Four: Ajax: Communication with the Web Server

Chapter 11: Introducing Ajax

Chapter 12: Flickr and Google Maps

Part Five: Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting

Chapter 13: Getting the Most from jQuery

Chapter 14: Going Further with JavaScript

Chapter 15: Troubleshooting and Debugging

JavaScript Resources

Colophon

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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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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