In 2013 Manning contacted me about writing a book on jQuery UI. Because I had been an enthusiastic user of the library for five years, and had been a member of the jQuery team for approximately two years, I had a lot of experience and knowledge that I wanted to share with the world. I said Yes!

From the start, I made it clear that I wanted to take a different tack with this book: rather than reprinting the library’s API documentation in a book, which is something I think far too many tech books do, I wanted to write about how to use the jQuery UI components in real-world usage scenarios and applications. I also wanted to tackle the tough questions for jQuery UI users. Why should you use the jQuery UI datepicker instead of the native ...

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