Christmas is coming, as most of us (especially parents and people that have wallets) know, so it’s time for ye all to dig deep and buy the perfect gift for that favourite web developer in your life.
Not knowing what that perfect gift could possibly be, I’ll recommend instead that you invest in a copy of my book, JQuery 1.3 with PHP.
Reviews are just starting to come in. I only know of two on-line ones so far, my favourite of which is this one:
The author does a great job of introducing complicated theories and breaking them down into manageable steps, whilst always taking very thorough considerations for applying jQuery knowledge into CMS â€™s and web applications.
I noticed that the same reviewer posted this on Twitter:
thoroughly impressed with reading jQuery 1.3 with PHP. writing a review on it, will be available soon!
The other one that I’m aware of is more of a list of notes than a review. The only thing he says in general about the book is “Overall a good book.”
There are a few minor criticisms in the second review that I don’t agree with – that I didn’t use inline functions in all cases, didn’t use Google’s functions to load jQuery from its CDN, and used
document.getElementById in some cases instead of using jQuery’s
My reaction to those points are: inline functions are explained later in the book as I didn’t want to throw the reader head-first into understanding them, there’s no point in loading three libraries (google, jquery and jquery-ui) when you only need jquery and jquery-ui, and for the purposes of getting an element by its ID,
document.getElementByID is much quicker than
I think the real problem with my decisions with the above points is that, after having had them pointed out as mistakes, I feel I should really have explained more clearly in the book why I chose to do things in those ways in the first place. Well, that’s something for edition 2 😀
So far, though, the reactions are positive, and I hope this continues – there haven’t been any “this is crap” reviews so far, which is good.
I know of a few other people that are writing reviews, and can’t wait to see them. So reviewers, please do criticise it – it makes the end-product better.
And christmas shoppers, it’s a great book 😉