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suggest book(s) to start learning jQuery

  • # December 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    It’s past time for me to learn jQuery. I learn best from books.

    Any suggestions for books, geared towards someone moderately comfortable with HTML & CSS who wants to dive into jQuery?

    I’m thinking of Earl Castledine’s jQuery: Novice to Ninja.

    Thanks

    # December 9, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    No responses after almost a week, so I’ll try to mark this closed.

    # December 9, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Since I’ve been active on this forum I’ve noticed that jumping straight into learning jQuery can come back and bite you in the back side as you’re quite limited to its capabilities.

    I’ve learned from the guys on here that its best to learn JavaScript first as that will get you to learn the syntax and also give you some of the theory behind such a powerful language.

    Dont forget jQuery is basically an easier to use version of JavaScript with its unique function names such as slideUp(); and fadeOut(); which basically makes developers lives easier.

    I would suggest using http://codeacademy.com a visit and learning a JavaScript course. It’s free and im working my way through it now and tbh I’m loving it.

    # December 9, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Yep. Just like you shouldn’t use a preprocessor until you have pure CSS nailed, you shouldn’t use a JavaScript library until you have raw JavaScript nailed. Learning jQuery does not give you an understanding of how JavaScript works.

    In regards to what books to read: http://css-tricks.com/forums/discussion/comment/82504/#Comment_82504

    # December 10, 2012 at 2:19 am

    Oops, sorry @snillor, I didn’t see the **I learn best from books…** statement.

    I have only been doing the JavaScript course on code academy for about a week if and when I can throughout the day and ive already got confident in printing stuff to the console, writing functions, writing for loops, writing if else statements and nesting if statements.

    Although the functions I’m writing are stuff like find out the length of a string such as “Steven” and check whether the words Male or Female were passed through as strings, i have still came on leaps and bounds.

    Obviously my way of learning is to do as opposed to read. I like to watch YT video tutorials, Chris’ screencasts and also online tutorials.

    # December 10, 2012 at 11:27 am

    I appreciate the suggestions, folks.

    I’ll check out the js courses on codeacademy.

    # December 10, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I like books! In addition to all other kinds of learning =)

    I really liked [Learning jQuery](http://www.packtpub.com/learning-jquery-for-interaction-design-web-development-with-javascript/book) and [jQuery Enlightenment](http://jqueryenlightenment.com/).

    # December 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    @chriscoyier – I too have the learning jQuery book, however I found it very confusing since I hadn’t even touched on anything apart from HTML and CSS, now that I’m learning JS through code academy, I think I will revisit the book again soon and it should all start falling into place :)

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