Review of “Learning jQuery” by Ralph Steyer
Learning jQuery: A Hands-on Guide to Building Rich Interactive Web Front Ends is written by Ralph Steyer, and published by Addison Wesley, © 2013, (paperback), 978-0-321-81526-2, 495 pp., $39.99 US.
Even though this book follows the same formula as many other books about jQuery, it is a worthwhile read. Steyer obviously understands jQuery thoroughly as he frequently describes common pitfalls in using the framework and how to avoid them. The information in the book is far more illustrative than the reference information available on www.jquery.com and far more instructive than the thousands of sketchy examples and explanations you dig up with a web search.
Despite having experience with jQuery in production web apps, I learned quite a few new tricks from this book. I also found that I gained a deeper understanding of how jQuery works, which I believe will make my future jQuery development more precise and effective.