jQuery: Novice to Ninja

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jQuery: Novice to Ninja, 2nd Edition is the perfect book to jump-start your journey into jQuery. You’ll learn all the basics, so you’ll be able to truly appreciate the power of this JavaScript framework. Then you’ll move on to more advanced techniques, such as plugin development and the creation of almost every conceivable UI widget.

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Overview

jQuery: Novice to Ninja, 2nd Edition is the perfect book to jump-start your journey into jQuery. You’ll learn all the basics, so you’ll be able to truly appreciate the power of this JavaScript framework. Then you’ll move on to more advanced techniques, such as plugin development and the creation of almost every conceivable UI widget.

  • A practical, hands-on guide to using jQuery
  • Ready-to-use best practice solutions
  • Includes complete working code
  • Fully updated for jQuery 1.6
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780987153012
  • Publisher: SitePoint Pty, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/23/2012
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 595,590
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Sporting a Masters in Information Technology and a lifetime of experience on the "web of hard knocks", Earle Castledine (Mr Speaker) holds an interest in everything to do with computers. A Senior Systems Analyst and JavaScript expert - he is equally happy in the muddy pits of .NET code as in the fluffy fields of client-side interaction development. Co-creator of the client-side opus TurnTubelis, Earle recognizes the Internet not as a lubricant for social change, but as a vehicle for unleashing frivolous ECMAScript gadgets and interesting time-wasting technologies.

Craig Sharkie's intricate knowledge of best-practice JavaScript is apparent in his writing. He began his jQuery journey as a Fine Arts graduate turned programmer, and has successfully worked with some of the Web's biggest names. Craig discovered JavaScript in 1995 and has been an evangelist for the "good parts" since then.

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  • Posted February 24, 2012

    VERY VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

    Are you a front-end web designer looking to add a dash of cool interactivity to your sites? If you are, then this book is for you! Authors Earle Castledine and Craig Sharkie, have done an outstanding job of writing a second edition of a book that will show you how to take your static HTML and CSS web pages and bring them to life with a bit of jQuery magic. Authors Castledine and Sharkie, begin by taking a brief look at why you’d want to use jQuery in the first place. Next, the authors show you how to use jQuery’s selectors to zero in on your target elements, and then they look at how you can use jQuery to alter those elements’ CSS properties. Next, they explore jQuery’s wide range of animation helpers, and put them into practice by enhancing a few simple user interface components. Then, the authors show you how to build lightbox displays, scrolling thumbnail galleries and cross-fading galleries, and even take a stab at an iPhoto-style flip-book. They continue by diving into some slightly more sophisticated controls: drop-down and accordion-style menus, tabbed interfaces, tooltips, and various types of content panels. Next, the authors take a look at some best practices for organizing Ajax. Then, they show you what jQuery has to offer you in terms of simplifying their form-related scripting. In addition, the authors show you how jQuery can make even the boring stuff fun; as well as, learning how to transform lists into dynamic, sortable data, and tables into data grids with sophisticated functionality. Finally, the authors cover the jQuery UI theme system, which lets you easily tailor the appearance of jQuery UI widgets to suit your site, and even make your own plugins skinnable with themes. This most excellent book shows you how to select elements on the page, move them around, remove them entirely, add new ones with Ajax and animate them. More importantly, this book will allow you to bend HTML and CSS to your will.

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