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jQuery Pocket Reference--New from O'Reilly

Press release: January 6, 2011

jQuery Pocket Reference

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Sebastopol, CA—jQuery is the "write less, do more" JavaScript library. Its powerful features and ease of use have made it the most popular client-side JavaScript framework for the Web. jQuery Pocket Reference (O'Reilly Media, $12.99 USD) is jQuery's trusty companion: the definitive "read less, learn more" guide to the library.

"This book fills a unique niche," explains acclaimed author David Flanagan. "jQuery is a very powerful library, and to use it well you must master quite a few details, so a cheat sheet is not enough for anything but trivial use. And although jQuery is kind of complicated, it does not require an entire full-size book. The 150 pages in this book are enough to explain the entire library, with all its complications, and to include a quick reference (or cheat sheet, if you prefer) 25 pages long."

Flanagan continues, "The power of jQuery is summarized in its motto: 'Write less, do more.' This book has a motto, too, and you'll see it right on the front cover: 'Read less, learn more.' Be warned, though: my tech reviewer called the book 'relentless.' You'll learn something new on every page."

jQuery Pocket Reference explains everything you need to know about jQuery, completely and comprehensively. The 25-page quick reference summarizes the library, listing all jQuery methods and functions, with signatures and descriptions.

You'll learn how to:

  • Select and manipulate document elements
  • Alter document structure
  • Handle and trigger events
  • Create visual effects and animations
  • Script HTTP with Ajax utilities
  • Use jQuery's selectors and selection methods, utilities, plugins and more

Advance Praise
"As someone who uses jQuery on a regular basis, it was surprising to discover how much of the library I'm not using. This book is indispensable for anyone who is serious about using jQuery for non-trivial applications."
—Raffaele Cecco, longtime developer of video games, including Cybernoid, Exolon, and Stormlord

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About the Author

David Flanagan is a computer programmer who spends most of his time writing about JavaScript and Java. His books with O'Reilly include JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, JavaScript Pocket Reference, Java in a Nutshell, Java Examples in a Nutshell, and Java Foundation Classes in a Nutshell. David has a blog at

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Additional Resources
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Publisher: O'Reilly Media
By David Flanagan
Print ISBN: 9781449397227   Ebook ISBN: 9781449397326  
Pages: 160
Print Price: $12.99   Ebook Price: $10.99

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