Learning jQuery, the Book

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For those of you who have been following the jQuery blog the past couple months, you may have noticed John Resig’s mention of a secret: “There’s a jQuery book in the works!” Well, I am thrilled to be able to leak a little more information about that secret.

For the past few months my friend Jonathan Chaffer and I have been hard at work on the book, and everything is progressing well. Our writing is being supported by a stellar group of technical reviewers, some of whom are members of the jQuery development team. We’ll be able to divulge details about the book’s contents soon. The publisher is readying a web page for it, so as soon as that is completed, we can give you the full scoop.

About the Authors

Jonathan Chaffer is a long-time Drupal contributor and creator of Drupal’s CCK. He also likes to make up bizarre band names and album titles, based on snippets of conversations he overhears, at Tweak the Viking. Karl Swedberg (that’s me) is a jQuery zealot who runs the Learning jQuery blog and still tries to keep a bit of his former career as an English teacher alive at his other blog, English Rules. Jonathan and Karl work together at Structure Interactive in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where they have been given a lot of freedom to use jQuery, as well as standards-based, semantic HTML & CSS, in many of their projects.

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  1. matthijs

    Great news. Will it be published in tree-friendly PDF format? That will make the book cheaper too. Which might be important for some, as a book on a fast developing subject shouldn’t be too expensive.

  2. Hi Matthijs,
    Yes, there will be a PDF e-book version. If other books by our publisher are any indication, it looks like the PDF format will be roughly 25% less than the hardcover version.

  3. Any ideas on actual cost of the book or an ETA?

  4. ETA is sometime this summer. Wish I could tell you something more definite, but there are still too many variables in the equation. As for price, the publisher hasn’t set one yet (or at least told us yet), but I imagine we’ll be able to post more information about this sort of thing within the next few weeks.

  5. Congrats on the book. Looking forward to it!

  6. Hello!

    I ordered the book on Amazon.com last week and it arrived yesterday. I’ve already read roughly half of the book and it is very well-written and to the point. Two thumbs way up! It will serve as a great resource!


  7. Thanks a lot, Mike! So glad you like it.

  8. Tobias Heyl

    Hey there,

    I bought the book two weeks ago, and it seems to be just great.

    Why “seems to be”? Well – to be honest with you I’m not a programmer and only know certain basics, but I’m still very interested and keen in learning about jQuery. And of course programming in general. I bought your book and read about two chapters so far, my opinion is that it’s well-written and easy to read, perhaps not always so easy to understand, but in the end it’s in any way a good reference guide. I still have to work through the other chapters as well, but every time I’m trying to read something new I think that I might have already forgotten what’s been on the pages before. Too bad my attention span doesn’t work that well … oh look, a helicopter!!

    I’m happy that I bought it, and I’m waiting for more input that makes me feel good in terms of setting up new pages with new styles and with all that it needs to access DOM, use CSS, make use of JavaScript functions and all other stuff that comes with jQuery. I hope I come across the rest of the book very soon, and I’m eagerly expecting to reach that part with AJAX techniques I can use together with PHP (that’s what I’m originally doing sometimes).

    Okay, that was quite a lot … all the best to you guys, thanks for compiling all that’s worth to know about jQuery 1.3!

    Bye bye and best regards from Germany!

  9. Gour


    I’m considering to learn (as total beginner) jQuery instead of Dojo, although I’ve ?Masterin Dojo’ book, but based on some research which I did recently, it seems that for my needs – enhancing site produced by static site generator (navigation menus, HTML forms, effects etc.) – jQuery is more suitable than Dojo which may be more appropriate for RIA.

    However, I see that the ‘Learning jQuery 1.3′ book is well-received and only wonder if it is relevant for jquery-1.4.x or there is plan to update it for 1.4 soon?


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