Reviewed: September 2013
There can be little doubt that jQuery has made a significant contribution to web development since its first release in 2006. It has provided higher-order constructs for HTML/CSS programming that allow complex dynamic content to be displayed and manipulated in more and more impressive ways.
Chapters three and four look at how jQuery can be used to manipulate the DOM and alter the content of a web page. Again, code examples are used to try and explain the concept to the reader.
The author has commendably tried to cover a wide range of topics in a slim volume, however the presentation clearly lacks some polish. The most disappointing aspect is the almost inexcusable lack of diagrams; there are many areas where the author’s explanation of a concept should have been accompanied by a diagram to aid the reader’s understanding. There are some images in the book, but these are mostly browser output, jQuery API website screenshot and kittens. Yes, kittens. Another area that gave disappointment was the index, which looks incomplete and only provides entries for seven letters of the alphabet.
In summary, despite the interesting subject matter, the readability and presentation issues made the book almost inaccessible for this reader.