As time progressed and my love affair with jQuery grew, I was (and continue to be) in need of some more formal education. Both of these books accomplish this in different ways.
jQuery Reference Guide
Sharing a similar first chapter to the “Learning jQuery” about obtaining jQuery, the reference guide the jumps into a “what were going to tell you” mode that is concise and to the point. My military expereince taught me to appreciate their…
- What we are going to tell you
- What we came to tell you
- What we told you
…format throughout the book. The next ten chapters cover the wide range of tasks in jQuery starting with selectors and covering HTML form manipulation. I keep a one page cheat sheet close to my development machine at all times, but this reference guide is going to be just as close to me from now on.
None of this guide would have made any sense were it not for its companion, Learning jQuery.
This ten chapter and three appendices book can nearly stand as a reference guide on its own. The authors stick with the same HTML through most of the book to illustrate the progessive enhancement that is so important to the jQuery methodology. Personally I appreciated this as you could watch a simple css/html page become an enchanced interface with real world implications. After the excellent examples a chapter is devoted to jQuerys biggest strength, plugins, some of which I’ve listed below. Appendices “A” and “B” cover the online resources available to a jQuery user and appendix “C” goes into some of the higher level things to do with jQuery and how to avoid memory leaks.
jQuery was a big hit at the recent Web Connection conference I attended. I took the books with me, but didn’t get to spend much time with them as they were being borrowed, discussed, and shared among the attendees. If you are looking to start with jQuery or expand your knowledge base, these two books will suit you well.
Publisher Resources / Purchase
Personal (short) List of jQuery Resources
- jQuery Homepage
- Excellent plugins by Mike Alsup
- Cookie Plugin
- RikRikRik plugins
- Live query plugin
- Discussion Group (4,000+ members)