jQuery Pocket Reference
Read Less, Learn More
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: December 2010
Pages: 160

"As someone who uses jQuery on a regular basis, it was surprising to discover how much of the library I’m not using. This book is indispensable for anyone who is serious about using jQuery for non-trivial applications." -- Raffaele Cecco, longtime developer of video games, including Cybernoid, Exolon, and Stormlord

jQuery is the "write less, do more" JavaScript library. Its powerful features and ease of use have made it the most popular client-side JavaScript framework for the Web. Ideal for JavaScript developers at all skill levels, this book is jQuery's trusty companion: the definitive "read less, learn more" guide to the library.

jQuery Pocket Reference explains everything you need to know about jQuery, completely and comprehensively. You'll learn how to:

  • Select and manipulate document elements
  • Alter document structure
  • Handle and trigger events
  • Create visual effects and animations
  • Script HTTP with Ajax utilities
  • Use jQuery's selectors and selection methods, utilities, plugins and more

The 25-page quick reference summarizes the library, listing all jQuery methods and functions, with signatures and descriptions.

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    4.0

    Don't read from A through Z

    By Patch

    from Almere, The Netherlands

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      Comments about O'Reilly Media jQuery Pocket Reference:

      As the title already shows this should be treated as a reference rather than a book you should read from start to finish. I read the first couple of chapters and it learned me a lot about the way JQuery works. I think it is a very powerful way to interact with webpages and it should come in handy while doing APEX development.Especially the way you can respond to user actions, making your page more interactive and thus more attractive to the user.

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      5.0

      One of the best Pocket References!

      By Jim Schubert

      from Seattle, WA

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        Comments about O'Reilly Media jQuery Pocket Reference:

        I've enjoyed previous books by David Flanagan and decided to read jQuery Pocket Reference. I thought I would quickly skim through the chapters because I considered myself fairly proficient in jQuery. After the first chapter and Flanagan's explanations of jQuery's method, object, and function ('a' versus 'the'), I decided to read more in-depth. I'm glad, because this is one of the best books I've read in O'Reilly's Pocket Reference library. I was surprised to have found a one which has a perfect balance between API, examples, and explanation.

        For developers who want to learn jQuery, you will be able to learn nearly all you need to get started from this book. When I first heard about jQuery, I purchased a much larger book, which ended up being about 80% reprinting the API on jquery.com. If you're like me, and you prefer insight, hints, and gotchas which encourage you to write some code, then this book is perfect for you.

        For developers familiar with jQuery, you may learn a little from this book. Flanagan covers a lot of overloads to common jQuery functions. Some of them, I never knew existed. The recent release of jQuery 1.5 has actually added more functionality than what is covered in this book.

        The only thing I found a little odd about this book is how the jQuery Selectors chapter was at the end of the book. Considering jQuery is a framework for querying the DOM, using selectors, I would expect that content to be the first covered. On the other hand, as a reference, you may expect the most used content at the end of the book. Luckily, Flanagan knows what he's doing and tells you to review the Selectors chapter if you're rusty or unfamiliar.

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        4.0

        A Useful Overview of JQuery

        By Rob

        from Brisbane, Australia

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          Comments about O'Reilly Media jQuery Pocket Reference:

          jQuery Pocket Reference provides a very useful coverage of jQuery and the functionality it provides. It presents the key concepts and how to work with jQuery. This makes it sound like a book for beginners to jQuery (which to some extent it is), but it is also excellent for people with much more experience, who want to review what they know, and also have a good reference.

          I've been using JQuery in one form or another for a number of years now. I can remember clearly the days in which jQuery was coming up and overtaking prototype.js as the premier browser DOM abstraction platform. This almost makes it seem like this book would be useless for me to read. Instead it makes it all the more worthwhile, helping plug in some gaps and giving some additional grounding to what I know.

          I would definitely recommend reading this book to anyone who wants to use jQuery well. There is a wealth of knowledge captured in the book, and it is presented in a way that makes for both easy reading and a good reference. My electronic version has been well highlighted and marked up for future reference.

          [this book was reviewed as a part of the O'Reilly Blogger Review Program]

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          3.0

          jQuery Pocket Reference by David Flanaga

          By Abi

          from Chennai

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          • Not comprehensive enough
          • Too basic

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          Comments about O'Reilly Media jQuery Pocket Reference:

          David Flanagan is author of 'Javascript:The Definitive guide' book where jQuery had a chapter. Since jQuery is such a powerful library and so well suited to pocket reference format this book has been published. This book builds from basic to advanced topics. The content is organized as following chapters : Introduction, Element getters and setters, altering document structure, events, animated effects, ajax, utility functions, selectors and selection methods, extending jquery with plugins, jquery UI Library and jquery quick reference.

          Basic Javascript knowledge is pre-requisite to read this book. The writing is simple and precise. Examples well illustrate the concepts to user.

          But the commands or syntax discussions are not extensive. For ex, if author talks of CSS selectors, not all Selectors (^=,$=,*= ....) are discussed. Atleast a table indicating them could have been provided. The lack of it forces a reader to check-on online documentation or another book. I wish there were exercises at the end of each chapter. Also in OReilly books I generally find sections with 'bear-trap' icons that tell you things to watch-out for. Those are missing. Probably those do not come in 'Pocket Referece' series ??!! I dont see why it should be avoided. Somehow this book did not seem to stand up to the tagline "Read less, Learn more" =(

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          5.0

          Exactly what I needed

          By www.SharePointHillbilly[@]

          from Arkansas

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            Comments about O'Reilly Media jQuery Pocket Reference:

            I am developer, I am NOT a jQuery developer. I have quite a bit of experience with JavaScript and have figured out how to "hack" a lot of things with jQuery. This is fine if you are modifying existing jQuery or doing simple DOM manipulation, but that's only scratching the surface of what's possible with jQuery.

            When I buy a tech book I buy because I want to know how to do "x". I don't want hundreds of pages of filler, just tell me how to do what I want. That's where this book comes in. It was very easy to understand and explained some basic principles of jQuery that I had not ever connected the dots to before.

            I have the electronic version of the book in my dropbox account so I can quickly reference it from my PC, tablet, or phone. I also have the CSS Pocket Reference as an excellent companion to this one. I highly suggest both of these reference books to any aspiring or experienced jQuery developer. It really helps you wrap your head around what jQuery is and how to do what you want with it.

            Great stuff... we need more books like these to help us do our jobs better and faster.

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            4.0

            Need a jQuery reference? Buy this book

            By Wayne

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              Comments about O'Reilly Media jQuery Pocket Reference:

              jQuery Pocket Reference, by David Flanagan leads the reader through a lot of the basic jQuery principles. This book is for those who are fairly familiar with JavaScript already, and are interested in the jQuery library, or those who may have some experience with jQuery and want a solid guide to its features, as well as a language reference.

              In jQuery Pocket Reference, you will be introduced to the basic concepts of jQuery which includes the some of the what and why behind jQuery. You will also learn how to modify DOM element attributes, add and remove elements from your page, work with events, animate your elements, working with Ajax, some utility functions, how to extend jQuery, and you will also learn some about the jQuery UI library that allows you to automate the building of a user interface. Then, of course, you have the actual language reference.

              I was again impressed by Flanagan's writing in this book. I had only heard of jQuery before I got this book, but I have some familiarity with JavaScript (and several years experience with other languages), and this book has been a great introduction to jQuery and I'm sure the reference will come in handy later this semester in my Web Technology class. If you're looking for a great reference for jQuery, you should buy this book.

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