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1. JavaScript and JQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development (2014)

This full-color book will show you how to make your websites more interactive and your interfaces more interesting and intuitive.

THIS BOOK COVERS:

  1. Basic programming concepts – assuming no prior knowledge of programming beyond an ability to create a web page using HTML & CSS
  2. Core elements of the JavaScript language – so you can learn how to write your own scripts from scratch
  3. jQuery – which will allow you to simplify the process of writing scripts (this is introduced half-way through the book once you have a solid understanding of JavaScript)
  4. How to recreate techniques you will have seen on other web sites such as sliders, content filters, form validation, updating content using Ajax, and much more (these examples demonstrate writing your own scripts from scratch and how the theory you have learned is put into practice).

As with our first book (the best-selling HTML & CSS: Design and Build Websites), each chapter:

  • Breaks subjects down into bite-sized chunks with a new topic on each page
  • Contains clear descriptions of syntax, each one demonstrated with inspiring code samples
  • Uses diagrams and photography to explain complex concepts in a visual way

By the end of the book, not only will you be able to use the thousands of scripts, JavaScript APIs, and jQuery plugins that are freely available on the web, and be able to customize them – you will also be able to create your own scripts from scratch.

If you’re looking to create more enriching web experiences, then this is the book for you.

Author(s): Jon Duckett

2. A Smarter Way to Learn jQuery: Learn it faster. Remember it longer. (Volume 3) (2016)

You’re going to get the hang of jQuery in less time than you might expect. And the knowledge will stick. Why? Because this isn’t just a book. It’s a book plus 1,500 free interactive online exercises. It’s the exercises that are going to turn you into a real jQuery coder. Cognitive research shows that reading alone doesn’t buy you much long-term retention. But if you read less and do more—if you read a short passage and then immediately put it into practice—everything changes. Washington University researchers say that being asked to retrieve information increases long-term retention by four hundred percent. Practice also makes learning more interesting. Ten minutes of reading followed by twenty minutes of practice keeps you awake and spurs you on. And it keeps you honest. If you only read, it’s easy to kid yourself that you’re learning more than you are. But when you’re challenged to produce the goods, there’s a moment of truth. You know that you know—or that you don’t. If you find you’re a little shaky on this point or that, you can review the material, then re-do the exercise. That’s all it takes to master this book from beginning to end.

Author(s): Mark Myers

3. Web Design with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery Set (2014)

A two-book set for web designers and front-end developers

This two-book set combines the titles HTML & CSS: Designing and Building Web Sites and JavaScript & jQuery: Interactive Front-End Development. Together these two books form an ideal platform for anyone who wants to master HTML and CSS before stepping up to JavaScript and jQuery.

HTML & CSS covers structure, text, links, images, tables, forms, useful options, adding style with CSS, fonts, colors, thinking in boxes, styling lists and tables, layouts, grids, and even SEO, Google analytics, ftp, and HTML5. JavaScript & jQuery offers an excellent combined introduction to these two technologies using a clear and simple visual approach using diagrams, infographics, and photographs.

  • A handy two-book set that uniquely combines related technologies
  • Highly visual format and accessible language makes these books highly effective learning tools
  • Perfect for beginning web designers and front-end developers

Author(s): Jon Duckett

4. jQuery Pocket Reference: Read Less, Learn More (2011)

“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.

Author(s): David Flanagan

5. JavaScript & jQuery: The Missing Manual (2014)

JavaScript lets you supercharge your HTML with animation, interactivity, and visual effects—but many web designers find the language hard to learn. This easy-to-read guide not only covers JavaScript basics, but also shows you how to save time and effort with the jQuery and jQuery UI libraries of prewritten JavaScript code. You’ll build web pages that feel and act like desktop programs—with little or no programming.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Pull back the curtain on JavaScript. Learn how to build a basic program with this language.
  • Get up to speed on jQuery. Quickly assemble JavaScript programs that work well on multiple web browsers.
  • Transform your user interface. Learn jQuery UI, the JavaScript library for interface features like design themes and controls.
  • Make your pages interactive. Create JavaScript events that react to visitor actions.
  • Use animations and effects. Build drop-down navigation menus, pop-ups, automated slideshows, and more.
  • Collect data with web forms. Create easy-to-use forms that ensure more accurate visitor responses.
  • Practice with living examples. Get step-by-step tutorials for web projects you can build yourself.

Author(s): David Sawyer McFarland

6. jQuery in Action (2015)

Summary

jQuery in Action, Third Edition, is a fast-paced and complete guide to jQuery, focused on the tasks you’ll face in nearly any web dev project. Written for readers with minimal JavaScript experience, this revised edition adds new examples and exercises, along with the deep and practical coverage you expect from an In Action book. You’ll learn how to traverse HTML documents, handle events, perform animations, write plugins, and even unit test your code. The unique lab pages anchor each concept with real-world code. Several new chapters teach you how to interact with other tools and frameworks to build modern single-page web applications.

Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications.

About the Technology

Thanks to jQuery, no one remembers the bad old days when programmers manually managed browser inconsistencies, CSS selectors support, and DOM navigation, and when every animation was a frustrating exercise in raw JavaScript. The elegant, intuitive jQuery library beautifully manages these concerns, and jQuery 3 adds even more features to make your life as a web developer smooth and productive.

About the Book

jQuery in Action, Third Edition, is a fast-paced guide to jQuery, focused on the tasks you’ll face in nearly any web dev project. In it, you’ll learn how to traverse the DOM, handle events, perform animations, write jQuery plugins, perform Ajax requests, and even unit test your code. Its unique Lab Pages anchor each concept in real-world code. This expanded Third Edition adds new chapters that teach you how to interact with other tools and frameworks and build modern single-page web applications.

What’s Inside

  • Updated for jQuery 3
  • DOM manipulation and event handling
  • Animations and effects
  • Advanced topics including Unit Testing and Promises
  • Practical examples and labs

About the Readers

Readers are assumed to have only beginning-level JavaScript knowledge.

About the Authors

Bear Bibeault is coauthor of Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja, Ajax in Practice, and Prototype and Scriptaculous in Action. Yehuda Katz is an early contributor to jQuery and cocreator of Ember.js. Aurelio De Rosa is a full-stack web developer and a member of the jQuery content team.

Table of Contents

    PART 1 STARTING WITH JQUERY
  1. Introducing jQuery
  2. PART 2 CORE JQUERY
  3. Selecting elements
  4. Operating on a jQuery collection
  5. Working with properties, attributes, and data
  6. Bringing pages to life with jQuery
  7. Events are where it happens!
  8. Demo: DVD discs locator
  9. Energizing pages with animations and effects
  10. Beyond the DOM with jQuery utility functions
  11. Talk to the server with Ajax 260
  12. Demo: an Ajax-powered contact form
  13. PART 3 ADVANCED TOPICS
  14. When jQuery is not enough…plugins to the rescue!
  15. Avoiding the callback hell with Deferred
  16. Unit testing with QUnit
  17. How jQuery fits into large projects

Author(s): Bear Bibeault, Yehuda Katz

7. jQuery For Beginners: Your Guide To Easily Learn jQuery Programming in 7 days (2017)

Are You Ready To Learn jQuery Easily?

This book contains proven steps and strategies on how to create programs using jQuery. It tells you about the fundamentals of the programming language as well as the things you have to do in order to come up with working programs. It explains to you what jQuery is all about, why choosing it over other programming languages is worth it, and what you have to do to get better at writing programs. This book also contains sample codes to help you gain a better understanding of the concepts of jQuery. Then again, before you begin with jQuery, it is crucial for you to learn about JavaScript first. If you are already familiar with the programming language, you may feel like ignoring it and moving on towards jQuery quickly. But you also have to keep in mind that this can be a risky move because you have to be adept at using JavaScript before you can successfully write codes using jQuery. In fact, a lot of Web developers make the mistake of skipping JavaScript and moving on to jQuery immediately. While they may have experienced a smooth flowing run at first, they eventually find themselves stuck in the middle. At this point, they no longer know what to do because they did not spend time learning about JavaScript first. If you do not want to get stuck while in the middle of programming using jQuery, see to it that you pay attention to JavaScript and learn all about it first. In the most basic sense, writing codes using jQuery is practically writing codes using JavaScript, except that you use the library of jQuery. If you already have a Web page but you want to include some JavaScript codes in it so that it would run better, you can either add codes inline within your script tag or you can make an external file in JavaScript using the .js extension in your file name before loading it through your script tag. With regard to the syntax of JavaScript, it is pretty clear and basic. Then again, there are still some subtleties that you must expect. As you go on writing codes and programs using this programming language, you will encounter these subtleties. Oftentimes, there are a variety of ways on how you can do and achieve things. However, the community still insists on certain conventions. The use of semicolons is an example of this. In JavaScript, the use of semicolon at the last part of your line is usually optional. Nevertheless, you have to add a semicolon at the last part of your line at all times if you wish to follow the convention. This is especially the case if you’re working with a team or if other people will be taking a close look at your code. jQuery is such an amazing programming language. It can certainly help improve your website as well as enable you to create programs for a variety of purposes.

Here’s What You’ll Learn From This jQuery For Beginners Book:

✓Introduction ✓Chapter 1: Introduction to jQuery ✓Chapter 2: Getting Started ✓Chapter 3: Accessing the Elements ✓Chapter 4: HTML Elements, Positions, and Attributes ✓Chapter 5: Events Management ✓Chapter 6: Showing and Hiding Web Page Elements ✓Chapter 7: Fading and Sliding Web Page Elements ✓Chapter 8: Web Page Element Animation

What Are You Waiting For?

Start Coding jQuery Right Now!

Author(s): iCode Academy

8. Murach’s JavaScript and jQuery (3rd Edition) (2017)

Today, you ll find JavaScript and jQuery used everywhere on the web, from small individual sites to the largest commercial sites like Google, Amazon, and Facebook. That s why every web developer needs to have at least a basic set of JavaScript and jQuery skills.

And now, this one book presents the JavaScript and jQuery skills that every web developer needs…whether you re a web designer who s coming from a background in HTML and CSS or a server-side programmer who s coded in languages like PHP, C#, Java, and Python. Due to its unique, self-paced approach, this book works regardless of your experience. And when you re through learning from it, this book will become the best quick reference that you ve ever used.

To make this all possible, section 1 presents a 7-chapter course on JavaScript that will get anyone off to a great start, with a special focus on the skills you need for getting the most from jQuery. Then, section 2 presents all of the jQuery skills that you re likely to need, including how to create slide shows, image swaps, carousels, and accordions…how to validate the data in forms…how to use plugins and widgets…and how to use Ajax and JSON to get data from a web server without reloading the web page.

At that point, you ll have a solid set of JavaScript and jQuery skills. Then, section 3 lets you expand your skill set as you learn how to work with date and time objects, browser objects, web storage, arrays, your own objects, regular expressions, and more. The last chapter takes your skills to the expert level as you learn how to use modules and IIFEs to build jQuery plugins.

Complete coding examples, practice exercises, and Murach s distinctive paired-pages format (each topic is presented in a 2-page spread with text and illustrations) all combine to let you tailor the pace and content to your personal learning style.

Author(s): Zak Ruvalcaba, Mary Delamater

9. Head First jQuery: A Brain-Friendly Guide (2011)

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 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

Author(s): Ryan Benedetti, Ronan Cranley

10. Learning jQuery – Fourth Edition (2013)

Add to your current website development skills with this brilliant guide to JQuery. This step by step course needs little prior JavaScript knowledge so is suitable for beginners and more seasoned developers alike.

Overview

  • An introduction to jQuery that requires minimal programming experience
  • Detailed solutions to specific client-side problems
  • Revised and updated version of this popular jQuery book

In Detail

To build interesting, interactive sites, developers are turning to JavaScript libraries such as jQuery to automate common tasks and simplify complicated ones. Because many web developers have more experience with HTML and CSS than with JavaScript, the library’s design lends itself to a quick start for designers with little programming experience. Experienced programmers will also be aided by its conceptual consistency.

LearningjQuery – Fourth Edition is revised and updated version of jQuery. You will learn the basics of jQuery for adding interactions and animations to your pages. Even if previous attempts at writing JavaScript have left you baffled, this book will guide you past the pitfalls associated with AJAX, events, effects, and advanced JavaScript language features.

Starting with an introduction to jQuery, you will first be shown how to write a functioning jQuery program in just three lines of code. Learn how to add impact to your actions through a set of simple visual effects and to create, copy, reassemble, and embellish content using jQuery’s DOM modification methods. The book will take you through many detailed, real-world examples, and even equip you to extend the jQuery library itself with your own plug-ins.

What you will learn from this book

  • Create interactive elements for your web designs
  • Learn how to create the best user interface for your web applications
  • Use selectors in a variety of ways to get anything you want from a page
  • Make things happen on your webpages with events
  • Add flair to your actions with a variety of animation effects
  • Discover the new features available in jQuery in this third update of this popular jQuery book

Approach

We will step through each of the core concepts of the jQuery library, building an overall picture of its capabilities. Once you have thoroughly covered the basics, the book returns to each concept to cover more advanced examples and techniques.

Who this book is written for

This book is for web designers who want to create interactive elements for their designs, and for developers who want to create the best user interface for their web applications. Basic JavaScript programming and knowledge of HTML and CSS is required. No knowledge of jQuery is assumed, nor is experience with any other JavaScript libraries.

Jonathan Chaffer

Jonathan Chaffer is a member of Rapid Development Group, a web development firm located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His work there includes overseeing and implementing projects in a wide variety of technologies, with an emphasis in PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript. He also leads on-site training seminars on the jQuery framework for web developers.

In the open source community, he has been very active in the Drupal CMS project, which has adopted jQuery as its JavaScript framework of choice. He is the creator of the Content Construction Kit, a popular module for managing structured content on Drupal sites. He is also responsible for major overhauls of Drupal’s menu system and developer API reference.

He lives in Grand Rapids with his wife, Jennifer.

Author(s): Jonathan Chaffer, Karl Swedberg

11. Murach’s jQuery, 2nd Edition (2015)

Today, jQuery is used in over 60% of the million most-visited websites, and that makes it one of the technologies that every web developer should master. The problem is that jQuery is difficult to learn, especially for those with limited programming experience. But now, this new edition of our jQuery book makes it easier than ever to learn how to use jQuery to create the dynamic user interfaces, fast response times, and special effects that today’s users expect.

In brief, sections 2 and 3 of this book present the essential jQuery and jQuery UI (User Interface) skills for developing professional jQuery applications. With those skills, you ll be able to add all of the popular jQuery features to your web pages: image swaps, image rollovers, slide shows, accordions, tabs, carousels, and much more.

Then, section 4 shows you how to use Ajax and JSON to get data from a web server and add it to a web page without reloading the page. It also shows how to use Ajax and JSON with the APIs for websites like Flickr and Google Maps and with HTML5 APIs like Geolocation, Web Storage, and Web Workers.

What about section 1? It provides a four-chapter crash course in the JavaScript skills that you need to use jQuery. That means you don’t need to know JavaScript before you start using this book, and that makes this the right book for programmers who aren’t familiar with JavaScript, as well as for programming novices. This section also becomes the ideal reference for the JavaScript that’s used for the jQuery applications in this book…or for any jQuery application.

The last section of this book shows you how to use jQuery Mobile to develop mobile websites. This requires little or no programming, and it’s a great alternative when it’s impractical to rebuild an established website with Responsive Web Design.

Author(s): Zak Ruvalcaba, Anne Boehm

12. A Smarter Way to Learn JavaScript. The new tech-assisted approach that requires half the effort (2014)

Learning JavaScript is hell because of two problems.
I remove the problems, and you start having fun.

The first problem is retention. You remember only ten or twenty percent of what you read. That spells failure. To become fluent in a computer language, you have to retain pretty much everything.

How can you retain everything? Only by constantly being asked to play everything back. That’s why people use flashcards. But my system does flashcards one better. After reading a short chapter, you go to my website and complete twenty interactive exercises. Algorithms check your work to make sure you know what you think you know. When you stumble, you do the exercise again. You keep trying until you know the chapter cold. The exercises are free.

The second problem is comprehension. Many learners hit a wall when they try to understand advanced concepts like variable scope and prototypes. Unfortunately, they blame themselves. That’s why the Dummies books sell so well. But the fault lies with the authors, coding virtuosos who lack teaching talent. I’m the opposite of the typical software book author. I’ll never code fast enough to land a job at Google. But I can teach.

Anyway, most comprehension problems are just retention problems in disguise. If you get lost trying to understand variable scope, it’s because you don’t remember how functions work. Thanks to the interactive exercises on my website, you’ll always understand and remember everything necessary to confidently tackle the next concept.

“I’ve signed up to a few sites like Udemy, Codecademy, FreeCodeCamp, Lynda, YouTube videos, even searched on Coursera but nothing seemed to work for me. This book takes only 10 minutes each chapter and after that, you can exercise what you’ve just learned right away!” —Amazon reviewer Constanza Morales

Better than just reading. And more fun.

You’ll spend two to three times as much time practicing as reading. It’s how you wind up satisfied, confident, and proud, instead of confused, discouraged, and defeated. And since many people find doing things more enjoyable than reading things, it can be a pleasure to learn this way, quite apart from the impressive results you achieve.

“Very effective and fun.” —Amazon reviewer A. Bergamini

Written especially for beginners.

I wrote the book and exercises especially for people who are new to programming. Making no assumptions about what you already know, I walk you through JavaScript slowly, patiently. I explain every little thing in sixth-grade English. I avoid unnecessary technical jargon like the plague. (Face it, fellow authors, it is the plague.)

“The layman syntax he uses…makes it much easier to suddenly realize a concept that seemed abstract and too hard to wrap your head around is suddenly not complicated at all.” — Amazon reviewer IMHO

The exercises keep you focused, give you extra practice where you’re shaky, and prepare you for each next step. Every lesson is built on top of a solid foundation that you and I have carefully constructed. Each individual step is small. But, as Amazon reviewer James Toban says, when you get to the end of the book, you’ve built “a tower of JavaScript.”

If you’re an accomplished programmer already, my book may be too elementary for you. (Do you really need to be told what a variable is?) But if you’re new to programming, more than a thousand five-star reviews are pretty good evidence that my book may be just the one to get you coding JavaScript successfully.

“Mark Myers’ method of getting what can be…difficult information into a format that makes it exponentially easier to consume, truly understand, and synthesize into real-world application is beyond anything I’ve encountered before.” —Amazon reviewer Jason A. Ruby

Author(s): Mark Myers