Professional jQuery

  • 4h 11m
  • Cesar Otero
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2012

Over the past several years JavaScript has undergone a remarkable transformation. It is now one of the most important programming languages in the world. With the ongoing importance of Ajax-based development and the rise of full-featured JavaScript libraries, most of the stigma around JavaScript has vanished. The most beginner-friendly library, jQuery, is responsible for most of this turnaround.

jQuery is used at some of the largest organizations in the world, including Amazon, IBM, Twitter, NBC, Best Buy, and Dell. In 2011 there were three major releases in jQuery and the community surrounding it continues to grow. jQuery is prominently featured at the front end of Java/Spring, PHP, .NET, Ruby on Rails, and Python/Django stacks all over the Web. If you have experience with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, this book is for you. It will expand your jQuery knowledge by focusing on the core library with the benefit of strong core JavaScript expertise in many of the lessons.

This book is aimed at three groups of readers:

  • Experienced server-side web application developers looking to move into the client-side using the world’s most popular front-end library
  • Experienced JavaScript programmers looking to ramp up quickly on jQuery
  • Novice to intermediate jQuery developers looking to expand their jQuery knowledge into more advanced topics

This book is not aimed at beginners. For those looking to start with the basics of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript/jQuery development, Beginning JavaScript and CSS Development with jQuery (Wrox Programmer to Programmer) by Richard York will most likely help you more.

This book covers a lot of information about jQuery including a developer-level introduction as well as providing an in-depth look into some of the more advanced features. The book is divided into two parts, jQuery Fundamentals and Applied jQuery. jQuery Fundamentals introduces the core concepts while Applied jQuery focuses on more advanced subjects. The first part of the book offers an in-depth introduction to jQuery fundamentals, which includes selecting elements, manipulating the DOM, and binding and reacting to browser books. After providing a solid foundation, the book will then outline more advanced topics such as plugin development, unit testing with JavaScript, and other advanced features of the library. The book also focuses on features available as of jQuery 1.7.1. but also tries to incorporate feature support in older versions of the library wherever it is relevant.

About the Authors

Cesar Otero is a freelance web developer currently living in Mountain View, California, and his technical interests include Python, Django, JavaScript, and jQuery. He occasionally contributes articles to IBM's developer works and holds a degree in electrical engineering from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico.

Rob Larsen has more than 12 years' experience as a front end engineer and team leader, building websites and applications for some of the world's biggest brands. He is currently a Senior Specialist, Platform at Sapient Global Markets. Rob is an active writer and speaker on web technology with a special focus on emerging standards like HTML5, CSS3, and the ongoing evolution of JavaScript.

In this Book

  • Getting Started
  • JavaScript Primer
  • The jQuery Core
  • DOM Element Selection and Manipulation
  • Event Handling
  • HTML Forms, Data, and Ajax
  • Animations and Effects
  • jQuery UI Part I—Making Things Look Slick
  • jQuery UI Part II—Mouse Interactions
  • Writing Effective jQuery Code
  • jQuery Templates
  • Writing jQuery Plugins
  • Advanced Asynchronous Programming with jQuery Deferred
  • Unit Testing with QUnit


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