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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 easy-to-read guide not only covers JavaScript basics, but also shows you how to save time and effort with the jQuery and jQuery UI libraries of prewritten JavaScript code. You?ll build web pages that feel and act like desktop programs?with little or no ...

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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 easy-to-read guide not only covers JavaScript basics, but also shows you how to save time and effort with the jQuery and jQuery UI libraries of prewritten JavaScript code. You’ll build web pages that feel and act like desktop programs—with little or no programming.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Pull back the curtain on JavaScript. Learn how to build a basic program with this language.
  • Get up to speed on jQuery. Quickly assemble JavaScript programs that work well on multiple web browsers.
  • Transform your user interface. Learn jQuery UI, the JavaScript library for interface features like design themes and controls.
  • 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.
  • Collect data with web forms. Create easy-to-use forms that ensure more accurate visitor responses.
  • Practice with living examples. Get step-by-step tutorials for web projects you can build yourself.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781491947074
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/9/2014
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 686
  • Sales rank: 213,408
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Sawyer McFarland, president of Sawyer McFarland Media, has been building and managing websites since 1995. He 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


Part 1: 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 2: Getting Started with jQuery

Chapter 4: Introducing jQuery

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

Chapter 6: Animations and Effects

Chapter 7: Common jQuery Tasks

Chapter 8: Enhancing Web Forms

Part 3: Getting Started with jQuery UI

Chapter 9: Expanding Your Interface

Chapter 10: Forms Revisited

Chapter 11: Customizing the Look of jQuery UI

Chapter 12: jQuery UI Interactions and Effects

Part 4: Advanced jQuery and JavaScript

Chapter 13: Introducing Ajax

Chapter 14: Building a To-Do List Application

Part 5: Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting

Chapter 15: Getting the Most from jQuery

Chapter 16: Going Further with JavaScript

Chapter 17: Troubleshooting and Debugging

Part 6: Appendix

JavaScript Resources

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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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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