Head First jQuery

Head First jQuery

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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 the 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

We think your time is too valuable to waste struggling with new concepts. Using the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory to craft a multi-sensory learning experience, Head First jQuery has a visually rich format designed for the way your brain works, not a text-heavy approach that puts you to sleep.

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Selected Review Quotes

"jQuery makes doing amazing things with JavaScript so easy it feels like cheating. This book demonstrates how to solve real world problems quickly. As a bonus, you'll learn key aspects of JavaScript, how to set up a Web development environment and some PHP/ MySQL. This is a solid book."

— Jim Doran, software engineer at Johns Hopkins University

"Unlike those abstruse programming books filled with technical jargon, Head First jQuery guides beginners through the steps to create their first jQuery pages in a fun and understandable way."

— Lindsey Skouras, attorney and self-taught programmer

"Ryan Benedetti and Ronan Cranley have taken a potentially intimidating stew of technologies (jQuery, DOM, Ajax, HTML5, CSS) and broken them down into approachable concepts that actually makes learning the material fun."

— Bill Mietelski, software engineer

"JavaScript has reemerged as a programming language of some merit due in no small part to a collection of best-of-breed add-on libraries, of which jQuery is a key player. Head First jQuery provides the modern web developer with a focused heads-up and hands-on treatment to this key JavaScript technology"

— Paul Barry, author and lecturer on Computing at The Institute of Technology, Carlow

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Who is this book for?

If you can answer "yes" to all of these:

  • Do you have previous web development experience?
  • Do you want to learn, understand, remember, and apply important jQuery (and JavaScript) programming concepts so that you can make your web pages truly interactive?
  • Do you prefer stimulating dinner party conversation to dry, dull, academic lectures?

You should probably back away from this book if you can answer "yes" to any of these:

  • Are you completely new to web development?
  • Have you never loaded and used Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice calc?
  • Are you afraid to try something different? Would you rather have a root canal than mix stripes with plaid? Do you believe that a technical book can't be serious if it anthropomorphizes control groups and objective functions?