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jQuery 1.4 Reference Guide…and why it rocks

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

jQuery 1.4 Reference Guide coverSo, I just bought two books through Amazon. jQuery 1.4 Reference Guide, and Learning jQuery 1.3. Both are authored by Jonathan Chaffer and Karl Swedberg. I know what you are going to say…why not Learning jQuery 1.4?? Because it is not out yet.

But, really I just want to talk about the Reference Guide. Why did I by this book? Because I love Bible books. They are awesome reference, and usually way better than any program help and it usually has the stuff that I need. jQuery’s documentation is adequate, and googling turns up a ton of stuff, but most of the times I just need to look up a method and jQ’s documentation is a pain in the ass for me. I just don’t like it.

The Reference Guide though, rocks! It is exactly what I was looking for. Each page is one item…a method for example, like toggle(), and has: a description, an example, what it returns, parameters. It gets to the point. I want to find the thing I’m looking for, see what it does, how they use, and what I can do with it. That’s it. I don’t want a tutorial, just give me a small paragraph about what it does. And this book is exactly that.

If you are looking for code examples on how to do a drop down menu, or a slider, this book won’t have it. It is literally a better documentation of jQuery. That’s it. And it does it perfectly.