Head First jQuery
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: September 2011
Pages: 540

Want to add more interactivity and polish to your websites? Discover how jQuery can help you build complex scripting functionality in just a few lines of code. With Head First jQuery, you'll quickly get up to speed on this amazing JavaScript library by learning how to navigate HTML documents while handling events, effects, callbacks, and animations. By the time you've completed the book, you'll be incorporating Ajax apps, working seamlessly with HTML and CSS, and handling data with PHP, MySQL and JSON.

If you want to learn—and understand—how to create interactive web pages, unobtrusive script, and cool animations that don't kill your browser, this book is for you.

  • Use jQuery with DOM to overcome the limitations of HTML and CSS
  • Learn how jQuery selectors and actions work together
  • Write functions and wire them to interface elements
  • Use jQuery effects to create actions on the page
  • Make your pages come alive with animation
  • Build interactive web pages with jQuery and Ajax
  • Build forms in web applications
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3.8

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Pros

  • Easy to understand (7)
  • Helpful examples (5)
  • Well-written (4)
  • Accurate (3)
  • Concise (3)

Cons

  • Too many errors (3)

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  • Intermediate (7)
  • Novice (5)
  • Student (4)
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3.0

Nice to read but bad copy editing

By aqua

from Ruhrgebiet, Germany

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Comments about oreilly Head First jQuery:

Starting with the first two chapters I found at least 2 serious errors in the german edition: Download link fails. Code example is not translated fully to german and inconsistent (not working) therefore. Better let it untranslated if copy editing is done so bad.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Too Much Mistakes & no Helpfull Erratas

By Zazu

from Lima, PE

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Pros

  • Helpful examples

Cons

  • Too many errors

Best Uses

  • Intermediate

Comments about oreilly Head First jQuery:

Could be a beautiful book to learn BUT, to much important mistake. In some Chapters, is just imposible to finish what your where starting to learn.

No oficials erratas, you need to find hard and spend many hours to figure whats wrong... in some case, too hard for the learner to find the answers.

I have others "Head First" book with many errors too, but this one is "too much" and I am thinking is better to find another colection of book who care about my money and my time...

New editions are the solutions...

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Serious Mistakes = Waste of time

By Ankur Vanshal

from Ahmedabad

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Pros

  • Easy to understand
  • Well-designed Material

Cons

  • Too many errors

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  • Novice

Comments about oreilly Head First jQuery:

On page no.162 explanation of the application of slice(1,3) is wrong. It says only one element is returned and the following exercise shows that it returns 2 elements. It killed 2 hours of my life.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

More than just jQuery in here.

By Luke Dubber

from Kenai, Alaska

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Pros

  • Accurate
  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

Cons

  • Some errors

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  • Novice
  • Student

Comments about oreilly Head First jQuery:

I have been wanting to try my hand at jQuery for a while and saw this title on sale and picked it up. I am very pleased, it was easy to understand and had more then just jQuery in it. They covered CSS, HTML5 and some basic PHP and MySQL.

For me the way jQuery uses the IDs and such in HTML tags helped me understand CSS, which is an area I was lacking.

They cover the basics of JavaScript and then some.

It does have several errors in the code adding periods at the end of function calls when not needed and some issues were the example code did not work, but a quick look the forums. If not for that I would have given it 5/5.

But overall great for novices or people who have been out of touch with HTML5 and the whole new interactive web. Look forward to using these new found skills.

Thanks again for the great book!

 
4.0

One stop shop for beginners

By Amrith Krishna

from Kottayam, Kerala, India

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Pros

  • Comprehensive
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples

Cons

  • Too basic
  • Vast

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  • Intermediate
  • Novice

Comments about oreilly Head First jQuery:

O'reilly Head First jQuery By Ryan Benedetti, Ronan Cranley is Yet another great read from Head First series. The best read one can get if you are venturing into web design that requires high level of interactions. The book follows a beginner centric approach yet comprehensive that covers everything that a pro web designer should know about CSS, HTML, JavaScript, AJAX, PHP, MySQL, JSON, XML. the team has not even spared PHP & MySql this time, as you can find them in the appendix. The book as with any other regular HF book has a consistent set of problems and the dramatic unfolding of each and every feature as the need arises.

In comparison with other Jquery books, this is one book that goes into the soul of Jquery rather than simply a technical round-up. In simple words its great fun to read the book throughout. But it seems HF team had gone a bit far in simplifying things. It feels like the book tries to cover a lot, rather a lot more than what a book can contain and therefore an overall reduction in level of jquery content.

As a final verdict i would recommend this book to someone who is an absolute beginner jquery but has got some experience web design especially ajax and javascript. Quoting from HF JS book this book is all about "Lights, Camera and Interaction"

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great, but...

By RBloeth

from Berlin, germany

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  • Easy to understand
  • Well-written

Cons

  • Too many errors

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  • Novice
  • Student

Comments about oreilly Head First jQuery:

As all Head First books I know so far, also this one is simply great. But: At least the PDF edition I bought 3 days ago contains so many errors that it should undergo serious proof reading again.
The errors are technical, so if you're a beginner and start to learn jQuery with this book, it might cause damage to your understanding.
Dear folks at O'Reilly: Please withdraw the first edition and do your homework. You could then also update the contents to use jQuery 1.7 (e.g. using on() and off() instead off bind() and unbind().
Nevertheless I love this series!

I will definitely recommend this book to my friends as soon as the errors are corrected!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

500+ pages of awesomeness

By Abi

from chennai, India

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  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

Cons

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    • Intermediate
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    • Student

    Comments about oreilly Head First jQuery:

    Head First jQuery : This is the latest addition to 'Head First' series books and is in its first edition. Its a 500+ pages book which I havent completed reading yet. But from what I have read I feel, this book can quickly get you up to speed in learning jQuery, a javascript framework. This framework by itself is so easy and makes working with javascript a breeze. In this book you can learn how to add cool interactive features to your website or webapplication, how to traverse the DOM or build interaction with ajax. There is also a chapter on jSON and jQuery UI.

    The authors Ryan and Ronan are well experienced folks and have come up with very useful material. A little knowledge of PHP and mySQL is needed to understand certain chapters. If you are an experienced programmer then identifying what the PHP code does isnt difficult at all. You can easily correlate the PHP code to language you use.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Superb Book 4 Beginners and Programmers

    By Mike

    from India

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    • Accurate
    • Concise
    • Easy to understand
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

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      • Expert
      • Intermediate
      • Student

      Comments about oreilly Head First jQuery:

      I can't explain how much happy after reading this book...its awesome book and authors added huge efforts to make it simple to understand. This book worth $1000 per copy as per each pages content and quality.

      Thank you Ryan Benedetti and Ronan Cranley for your great effort.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      jQuery, simply, for beginners

      By Michal Konrad Owsiak

      from Poland

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      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Concise
      • Easy to understand

      Cons

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          Comments about oreilly Head First jQuery:

          It might sound strange, but first thing I am grateful to Ryan and Ronan is mentioning TextWrangler in the beginning of the book. This way I got familiar with very simple, useful, and free (free as in free beer) editor for Mac OS :)

          I haven't used jQuery before, and I wanted to see what it is all about. First of all, I like to learn by examples - and you got them here. All in one piece - zipped - directly on your hard drive from the Head First Lab web page (each example contains corresponding jQuery library). This is nice. You simply don't have to copy-paste everything you see in the book into your text editor. When it comes to the content. Well, this is always hard thing to judge. I know people who hate Head First series. They say it is not sophisticated enough. I am, on the contrary, a great fan of Head First. jQuery, like any other Head First series book, gives you simple, straight overview of the topic. OK, it will not provide you with as much text as other books, but hey, "A picture is worth a thousand words". And you will find lots of them here. However, if you consider yourself a hacker, don't buy it. It's rather for beginners. If you are a beginner - I'd consider buying it.

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