jQuery Cookbook
Solutions & Examples for jQuery Developers
By Cody Lindley
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: November 2009
Pages: 480

jQuery simplifies building rich, interactive web frontends. Getting started with this JavaScript library is easy, but it can take years to fully realize its breadth and depth; this cookbook shortens the learning curve considerably. With these recipes, you'll learn patterns and practices from 19 leading developers who use jQuery for everything from integrating simple components into websites and applications to developing complex, high-performance user interfaces.

Ideal for newcomers and JavaScript veterans alike, jQuery Cookbook starts with the basics and then moves to practical use cases with tested solutions to common web development hurdles. You also get recipes on advanced topics, such as methods for applying jQuery to large projects.

  • Solve problems involving events, effects, dimensions, forms, themes, and user interface elements
  • Learn how to enhance your forms, and how to position and reposition elements on a page
  • Make the most of jQuery's event management system, including custom events and custom event data
  • Create UI elements-such as tabs, accordions, and modals-from scratch
  • Optimize your code to eliminate bottlenecks and ensure peak performance
  • Learn how to test your jQuery applications

The book's contributors include:

  • Cody Lindley
  • James Padolsey
  • Ralph Whitbeck
  • Jonathan Sharp
  • Michael Geary and Scott González
  • Rebecca Murphey
  • Remy Sharp
  • Ariel Flesler
  • Brian Cherne
  • Jörn Zaefferer
  • Mike Hostetler
  • Nathan Smith
  • Richard D. Worth
  • Maggie Wachs, Scott Jehl, Todd Parker, and Patty Toland
  • Rob Burns

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3.6

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  • Helpful examples (8)
  • Well-written (7)
  • Accurate (6)
  • Concise (6)
  • Easy to understand (6)

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    • Intermediate (9)
    • Expert (6)
    • Novice (5)
    • Student (3)
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    3.0

    Informative but Not So Easy to Use

    By aorden

    from Boston,Ma

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    Pros

    • Accurate

    Cons

    • Difficult to understand
    • Not comprehensive enough

    Best Uses

    • Expert
    • Intermediate

    Comments about O'Reilly Media jQuery Cookbook:

    Packed with a lot of code and useful information; but not really an intuitive well organized resource. I am experienced coder but I found the examples and syntax really not as well organized as it could or should be.
    I still found myself going to the web to get more syntax information and examples.
    For instance it took me about an hour to struggle with a simple jquery method...which should have taken 5 minutes.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Just like it says: Full of recipies

    By thejartender (The Jar Bar).

    from Borgund, Norway

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Expert
      • Intermediate
      • Novice

      Comments about O'Reilly Media jQuery Cookbook:

      But unlike other CookBooks from O'Reilly this one is probably too long. I am glad I don't own it in print as I am sure it's quite bulky.

      jQuery is fantastic and this book will get a beginner to where they need to be and introduce a few useful plugins and recipies. It is likely more usefu to an experienced JavaScript guy though.

      It leaves a few questions, but plenty of online documentation for jQuery. If this book gets an update please include a more comprehensive look at creating plugins and not just talk about them.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great book, but jQuery updates fast.

      By Tom O

      from Baltimore, MD

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      Pros

      • Helpful examples
      • Well-written

      Cons

      • Hard to keep up to date

      Best Uses

      • Expert
      • Intermediate
      • Novice
      • Student

      Comments about O'Reilly Media jQuery Cookbook:

      This has been a relatively clear book of how approach jQuery, and has information for all types of users. I've been using jQuery for a few years, and found it a good reference for understanding/addressing common problems. Plugin authoring, jQuery UI and QUnit all have significant sections in this book, so you also get support for good development practices that you wouldn't necessarily get out of the API.

      The only trouble I have with this book is that jQuery updates very frequently. The book I read covered up to v1.3, and newer things (notably the Deferred object) aren't covered at all. Upon reading it some of the material definitely feels a little out of date.

      That being said it's still a great book, and will give you a great understanding of the capabilities of jQuery.

      (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Non-Working Code Samples

      By Karl Groves

      from Baltimore MD

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      Comments about O'Reilly Media jQuery Cookbook:

      Users attempting to learn jQuery by example using this "cookbook" need to look elsewhere. The purpose for a book targeted at developers (especially one labeled a "cookbook") is to show developers examples of code which accomplishes a specified task. The end result for the code snippets in the book should be a working piece of code that does something - however mundane that may be. It doesn't need to be a perfect work of art but at the very least, the reader should be able to replicate the code as-is and have it actually work. This is very definitely not the case with this book. Of the code samples I've tried (duplicating them exactly as printed in the book) a number of them do not work. Enough of them do not work that it does absolutely no good to continue reading.

      (3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      source code useless

      By disappointed

      from TN

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      Comments about O'Reilly Media jQuery Cookbook:

      I bought the book to learn but was disappointed with the incomplete source code

      (7 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Source Code is worthless

      By lockjaw

      from Oklahoma City, OK

      About Me Designer, Developer, Educator

      Pros

        Cons

        • Too many errors

        Best Uses

          Comments about O'Reilly Media jQuery Cookbook:

          There's no denying this title has a lot of great content, but if you were hoping to learn theme building you might want to look elsewhere. Chapter 15 looks strong at first until you find yourself searching for the html source code that is the base for the entire chapter is no where to be found. It quickly became a ridiculous waste of time. I'd shop around for a different title.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Pro. Dev take on the book

          By Devlin Liles

          from Springdale, AR

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Expert
            • Intermediate

            Comments about O'Reilly Media jQuery Cookbook:

            I have been a professional developer for 4 years now mainly focused in the windows services and back ground communication pipelines. I was asked to pick up support for an app written with alot of jQuery. I was given "jQuery Cookbook" by a friend and I fell in love. It is straight into the meat. Normally I have to wait 2-4 chapters before the useful stuff gets going and with the cookbook I was diving in right away. I haven't written any jQuery before reading the book but I did understand javascript and the DOM. With that foreknowledge the book made jQuery so amazingly easy. I could not have picked up jQuery in 2 short weeks without this book. I recommend this book to any professional developer that is looking to add jQuery to their skill set.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Lots of Good Stuff

            By Larry

            from Somerville, MA

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              Comments about O'Reilly Media jQuery Cookbook:

              What can I say? The O'Reilly Cookbook series is great - and this book fits right in. The first few sections can almost be read and used as a tutorial. The other recipes are clear and well-written.In addition to the basics, they also do a good job of covering topics like jQueryUI, Ajax, and unit testing.Heck, for[$] all you need is to have one of them guide you to a solution and the book has already paid for itself!

              (9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              where is the source code download?

              By saub -o -tager

              from dallas tx

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                  Comments about O'Reilly Media jQuery Cookbook:

                  good book with lots of samples, but i cant find the link to download the source code?

                  (4 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  great one

                  By fortnine

                  from India

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                  Pros

                  • Concise
                  • Easy to understand

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Intermediate

                    Comments about O'Reilly Media jQuery Cookbook:

                    i liked every bit of this book... so even before comleting reading the whole book i prefered to give my review....

                    really a great stuff.... and thanks a lot for such a wonderful book

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