jQuery Novice to Ninja Book Review
The book is peppered with helpful callouts and brief code snippets (most under 15 lines) that show how quickly one can leverage the power that jQuery offers. One chapter or appendix I would have preferred to see is the authors' personal picks for websites and online library resources that feature some of the most impressive jQuery tricks available. Every week I see someone post on their blog a jQuery roundup featuring some sort of technique (typically involving menus, tables and images), but it would have been very helpful for the authors to share their expertise on what resources they recommend as 'best of the web'. A 4-color insert showing off jQuery's more graphically intense examples would have also been a welcome addition. Still, these criticisms are minor quibbles. The book did accomplish its mission of teaching jQuery from the ground up. Though I would not yet consider myself a jQuery ninja, I did feel that the book supplied me with the knowledge to hone my skills to help attain a higher level of mastery more quickly, especially when compared to some of the previously released jQuery titles on the market today.
Title: jQuery: Novice to Ninja Author: Earle Castledine and Craig Sharkie Publisher: Sitepoint ISBN: 978-0-9805768-5-6 Pages: 390 Cost: $39.95