2 comments | Posted: 4 April 07 in Books, by Nathan Smith
I appreciated that while this book could have easily been used as a selfish proclamational platform for jQuery, Resig took the high road and presented in-depth examples of writing complex DOM scripting. He also touches on other popular JS frameworks: Dojo, Moo.fx, Script.aculo.us and Prototype.
He also gets into the principles behind writing object-oriented code and optimizing it for reusability and avoiding of namespace collisions, when working alongside other developers. He then covers how to make the best use of Ajax, and the implications behind accessibility and need for a fall-back plan.
One of the serendipitous moments for me was seeing the name of a former coworker, Godbit contributor Cody Lindley. He was mentioned for his work on ThickBox, an in-browser modal window popup which can be used for image galleries and Ajax content. It runs atop the jQuery library, and I had the privilege of making the animated loading icon for it (tutorial here).
There are also three appendices which are well worth reading, a DOM reference, Events reference and modern browser overview. When it’s all said and done, this book is one that no scripting pro should be without. I am already eagerly awaiting Resig’s next printed endeavor, the definitive jQuery Book.
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