JavaScript & jQuery: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: October 2011
Pages: 538

JavaScript lets you supercharge your web pages with animation, interactivity, and visual effects, but learning the language isn’t easy. This fully updated and expanded guide takes you step-by-step through JavaScript basics, then shows you how to save time and effort with jQuery—the library of prewritten JavaScript code—and the newest innovations from the jQuery UI plug-in.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Make your pages come alive. Use jQuery to create interactive elements that respond to visitor input.
  • Get acquainted with jQuery UI. Expand your interface with tabbed panels, dialog boxes, date pickers, and other widgets.
  • Display good forms. Get information from visitors, help shoppers buy goods, and let members post their thoughts.
  • Go beyond the browser with Ajax. Communicate with the web server to update your pages without reloading.
  • Put your new skills right to work. Create a simple application step-by-step, using jQuery and jQuery UI widgets.
  • Dive into advanced concepts. Use ThemeRoller to customize your widgets; avoid common errors that new programmers often make.
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      2.0

      THIRD edition is what is missing!

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      • Too many errors

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      Comments about oreilly JavaScript & jQuery: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition:

      jquery has long gone past what this manual exemplifies. moreover, some jquery companion (i.e., more specialized) libraries need to be covered.

       
      5.0

      Great manual

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        Comments about oreilly JavaScript & jQuery: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition:

        Excelent Manual. From now on, my websites will look professional.

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        5.0

        Very good source of knowledge!!!!!

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          Comments about oreilly JavaScript & jQuery: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition:

          To best utilize this book make sure you download the proper jQuery library (1.7.2 I believe) or else you will find that some of the examples do not work correctly. Understanding that you can't print a book as fast as libraries get released, leaves you with having to learn from the jQuery blog for all things that were updated.

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          Code needs update to use jQuery 1.9

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          The book is useful to help learn jQuery, but code samples should be updated to use jQuery 1.9.1, instead of 1.7.2. Most samples still work correctly, but the event tutorial at the end of chapter 5 (for a one-page FAQ) no longer works. The toggle() function signature with two function() arguments is removed in jQuery 1.9. Instead, use a click event handler with a data(key, value) property. For example:

          $(document).ready(function() {
          $('.answer').hide();

          // The toggle(){function(), function()} signature is removed in jQuery 1.9.
          // Replace the toggle function with a click event handler.
          $('.main h2').click(function() {
          // Add an object literal, or (key, value) pair, where the boolean
          // value toggles between true and false.
          $(this).data('clicked', !$(this).data('clicked'));

          // Get the value of the 'clicked' key.
          if ($(this).data('clicked')) { // 'clicked' = true
          $(this).next('.answer').fadeIn();
          $(this).addClass('close');
          } else { // 'clicked = false
          $(this).next('.answer').fadeOut();
          $(this).removeClass('close');
          }
          }); // End click event handler.
          }); // End ready.

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          4.0

          Excellent Introduction to JS & JQuery

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            Engaging style, clear tutorials and useful examples. Overall I found this a great book to introduce me to the power and potential applications for JQuery.

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