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Book Review - jQuery Pocket Reference by David Flanagan

Category Book Review David Flanagan jQuery Pocket Reference
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I truly appreciate the Pocket Reference series that O'Reilly publishes, as they serve as a nice way to remember key details without lugging around a heavy book.  David Flanagan's jQuery Pocket Reference follows in that same path, and it's the "other" jQuery book I want to have close at hand when I work with the framework.  I think a good fundamental learning guide is #1 for my learning style, but this is the book that I'll end up referring back to in order to remember the right syntax when I can't recall the right order or all the options.

Chapter 1 - Introduction to jQuery
Chapter 2 - Element Getters and Setters
Chapter 3 - Altering Document Structures
Chapter 4 - Events
Chapter 5 - Animated Effects
Chapter 6 - Ajax
Chapter 7 - Utility Functions
Chapter 8 - Selectors and Selection Methods
Chapter 9 - Extending jQuery with Plugins
Chapter 10 - The jQuery UI Library
Chapter 11 - jQuery Quick Reference

Considering there's only 146 pages in this pocket guide, Flanagan uses them well to pack in a lot of essential information.  He balances a great mixture of core information with short code snippets to show the options in context.  If you're already comfortable with JavaScript coding, this could well be your main book for learning jQuery.  Between this and other web site resources, you'd probably get most everything you need.  Personally, I prefer something a bit more conversational for learning, so I'd use this pocket guide as a supplemental information source.  Still, it's hard to go wrong here, and it's a great value.  Definitely recommended...

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Gravatar Image1 - Thanks for this review. I just ordered this one, as my 9th O'Reilly Pocket Ref. These little books are what I keep within reach when coding and the jquery one is sure to become one of my most used.

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