Beginning JavaScript and CSS Development with jQuery: full color, full flavor

May 31, 2009 at 8:13 am 11 comments

Hey all you out there. Today we would like to present you with another great book from the wonderful Wrox publishing group called “Beginning JavaScript and CSS Development with jQuery” authored by a wonderful person named Richard York (Amazon link).

Getting the book, the most interesting thing that will sure strike you is that all the code and screenshot are featured in full-color, complete with code syntax highlighting providing you with a visual reinforcement so you can see the various bolts and nuts that make up each line and section of code for each language.

The book is, as the name says, designed to teach you all aobut the jQeury javascript library. So what’s it all about, you ask? Well, jQuery is a JavaScript library that helps web developers create JavaScript applications that work well in any browser.

In other words, jQuery allows you to do more in the world of dynamic web applications, with less code and fewer errors. It reduces the amount of JavaScript programming to only a few lines of code while making your JavaScript more intuitive and attractive to work with. At the same time, jQuery makes it easier to manipulate CSS from JavaScript by allowing you to set style for one or many elements at once

The book focuses on demonstrating how to use jQuery to reduce the amount of code you need to write and reduce the amount of testing that is required. Youll see how separation of presentation (CSS), markup (XHTML), and script (JavaScript and Ajax) in web pages is a crucial direction in web development for creating maintainable, accessible, cost-effective web sites..

With this unique, project-oriented book, author Richard York teaches even the most novice of JavaScript users how to quickly get started utilizing the JavaScript jQuery Library to decrease the amount of code that needs to be written and tested. A four-color code syntax highlighting system provides a visual reinforcement and allows you to see the nuts and bolts that comprise each line and section of code. With this helpful guide and hands-on exercises, you’ll be able to put jQuery to work for you and avoid having to write code from scratch.

The book concentrates on the specifics of how to install and test jQuery, techniques to manipulate content and attributes and ways to filter and map a selection or an array.

You will also learn the difference between GET and POST, how to easily show, hide, slide, and fade elements with smooth animations and transitions and good practice for jQuery plugin development.

Using this book you will also learn all the methods for making elements draggable, ways to customize sortable lists and how to implement and localize a datepicker.

We would strongly recommend this book for any web designers eager to do more with their web-based applications, but who do not necessarily have much JavaScript experience. Some basic knowledge of XHTML and CSS is necessary.


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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jay  |  May 31, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    I bought the book. It is really a very helpful book. I enjoy how the author is not only making sure you understand all the code, but he also adds little snippets of information here and there that really spice up things.

    I would give this book a 10. It is really a great resource.

    Thanks guys,
    see u all aournd.

  • 2. JasTuh  |  May 31, 2009 at 11:27 pm


    I would like to know if this book is written for a beginner or advance


    thank you

    • 3. drupalmeister  |  June 2, 2009 at 3:10 pm

      Hi JasTuh,

      I would recommend some basic experience in HTML, CSS and Javascript before trying to delve into jQuery.

      In the near feuture we plan on having some reviews on beginners books about the above mentioned topics.

      Stay tuned.

  • 4. ButterFight  |  June 1, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Wow. Is this a new thing that they are publishing in color?

    Sounds cool to me…

  • 5. php?  |  June 1, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Is this jquery written in php or what?

    • 6. drupalmeister  |  June 2, 2009 at 3:11 pm

      jQuery is actually a JavaScript library.

      You can check it out on wikipedia or it’s home page at

  • 7. Mahmud  |  June 2, 2009 at 8:02 am


    can i use jquery on firefox or just ie?

    • 8. Josh B.  |  June 2, 2009 at 11:51 am

      jQuery is actually supposed to let you script for all browsers without having to keep in mind all the stupid differences between the various browsers.

      i have read the book, and yeah, it’s just a great book.

    • 9. drupalmeister  |  June 2, 2009 at 3:12 pm

      As Josh B. pointed out, one of the main goals of jQuery is cross-browser scripting.

      We suggest you check out the book, and get as excited as we did.

  • 10. leslie  |  June 2, 2009 at 10:44 am

    anyone knows if jquery can be adopted in a php environment?

    • 11. drupalmeister  |  June 2, 2009 at 3:14 pm

      PHP is a server side scripting language, while jQuery runs on the client.

      In order to use it, you would have to put out the jQuery text just as you do with html, or you can just have all your jQuery code in a .js file, and link to it from the .html or .php document.


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