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Authors: Jonathan Chaffer, Karl Swedberg
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Reviewed by: Jeanne Boyarsky
Rating: 5 horseshoes

"Learning jQuery 1.3" caught me by surprise. I had enjoyed Packt's "Learning Dojo" and expected this to be similar. One big difference is that "Learning JQuery" is about twice as long as "Learning Dojo." It's not because there is more content though; it is because there are more unnecessary code examples.

To the point where I felt like I was drowning in code! Not even jQuery code. For example, page 154 is an HTML table. That's it. Want to guess what page 181 was? That's right, another HTML table. Seriously? If I'm learning jQuery, I know what HTML looks like. There are many examples of this. A page of XML here. A whole page of paragraphs of the Gettysburg address. There are also a myriad of browser screenshots of this straightforward HTML.

Not to harp on the wasted space, but this sea of code distracted me and slowed me down as I read. Don't get me wrong - there were many things I did like. The gradually building up of JavaScript. The selector reference. The "nutshell" review of each chapter. (mainly because a lot of it got lost among the unneeded code.)

"Creating Passionate Users" says it is a good thing if readers feel strongly about your book. There's nothing actually wrong with the book. Maybe some beginners really like the handholding of HTML code and will view this as a good thing.
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