Michael Brown July 15 2010 06:14:13 AMIf you're dabbling in jQuery - and if not, why not? - then you seriously need to buy this book:
jQuery in Action, Second Edition by Bear Bibeault and Yehuda Katz
This afternoon, for example, I knocked up a modal dialog box using jQueryUI. It took me about an hour, and works in all browsers, including IE6. That work probably would have taken me the best of part of week previously; that's if I'd have had the chops to tackle something like that in the first place. (And even then, it still wouldn't have worked in IE6.)
One of the things I like about the book is it's constant castigating of Internet Explorer for being the piece of shit that it is, although the authors aren't as rude *as me) about it. They actually handle that subject, as with all their subjects, with a welcome dash of humour, e.g:
Internet Explorer, always the life of the party, does things in its own proprietary way
One other thing that I really liked is that you get rights to a PDF version when you buy the paper copy of the book. Inside the book, there's a URL and sealed page containing some codes. You enter the codes on the form at the URL and also enter your email address. You'll get a confirmation email with another URL on it. Click on that, and you get to download the PDF version. The clever bit is that your email address gets added to every page of the PDF version of the book, so you're not tempted to post it on BitTorrent (not that you'd ever do such a thing, of course!) So, I keep the real book at home, and a printed out copy of the PDF for reference at work. I think that's a nice compromise way of the authors protecting their work. Far better than any pain in the arse DRM system, anyway.
If you are buying the book, make sure you get the Second Edition, which only came out in the last month or two. This version covers jQuery 1.4 and jQueryUI 1.8, so it's bang up to date as I write this.
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