jQuery in Action or Learning jQuery

Question: which book should I get "jQuery in Action " by Bear Bibeault and Yehuda Katz, or "Learning jQuery " by Jonathan Chaffer and Karl Swedberg?

Answer: Both are very good books. I am not new to JavaScript but I try not to get too involved in it, so am not an expert by any stretch of the imagination in JavaScript. However, since in my last project, with ASP.Net MVC, I needed to use jQuery a lot due to the need for a web-app that "feel" like a desktop app, so needed lots of Ajax, client-side DOM manipulation. So grabbed the book "Learning jQuery " first, read and studied it from cover-to-cover. It is an excellent resource and does not burden you with having to know JavaScript, although some rudimentary knowledge of it is beneficial, if not required. I was up an running writing jQuery in no time. After a few months saw “jQuery in Action ” on another colleagues office and peaked inside, and wow, asked myself why I did not grab this one first in stead. I can definitely recommend both but found myself getting more out of “jQuery in Action ”. I especially like the appendix “JavaScript that you need to know but might not!”. One of the key features that the “jQuery in Action ” gave me straight away was the great INDEX, believe it or not, it seemed to get me to what I wanted to know a lot faster and found some great pointers on jQuery chaining of functions.


Again both are good but prefer Bibeault’s and Katz’s take on it, great job guys!

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Gravatar # re: jQuery in Action or Learning jQuery
by Yehuda Katz at 7/10/2009 11:30 AM


Glad you liked the book! We spent a lot of time on the Index and Appendix, so I'm really glad you're getting use out of them :)

We're working on a second edition as we speak, which is available in MEAP from Manning. There's quite a bit of new material and updates -- you might want to check it out :)

-- Yehuda
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by Renso at 7/11/2009 9:08 AM

Thanks Yehuda, will check it out.
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