Head First jQuery Book Review
jQuery Learning Tools - Pictures, Repetition, Puzzles, FAQs
If you enjoy lots of visual stimulating features in your books, you will love Head First jQuery. If not, you may hate Head First jQuery. I was ill-prepared for the amount of pictures and teaching aids, and was a bit turned off by them but could appreciate the strategy. There were just too many visual aids for me. It made reading quite a bit more effort having to deal with so many images interrupting the text. It wasn't always clear where to read next and the font size changes made it difficult to maintain a good focus on the writing. Although I can appreciate speech bubbles here and there for a bit of effect, there were too many. The redundancy and reptitiveness was a bit too much even though I know it is very important for learning.
Problem - Solution jQuery Examples
- jQuery Events and Functions
- jQuery and CSS Selectors and Navigating the DOM
- jQuery Effects and Animations
Hobbyists and aspiring developers will easily be able to keep up with the information and perform the development. If you are completely new to web design and development, the appendix has plenty of step-by-step instructions on downloading and installing software.
AJAX, PHP, MySQL, JSON, and XML
About half way through the book the focus starts to move to the web server and AJAX. There is a lot of good introductory material on JSON and XML and submitting forms and handling the display of data returned from the server. PHP is the scripting language used on the server and MySQL is the database of choice for retrieving and saving content to a persistent store. Head First jQuery doesn't even assume you know T-SQL as it shows you how to form select and insert T-SQL statements for use with PHP and MySQL.
The appendices at the end of the book show you how to install PHP and MySQL if you are unfamiliar with the technology.
If you haven't purchased a Head First Book in the past, be prepared for a visual explosion of teaching tools and images in the pages. I read the PDF version on my iPad and for me the graphics were a bit too overwhelming and distracting, but you may think differently.