jQuery Enlightenment By Cody Lindley
Posted September 18, 2009 at 8:50 AM by Ben Nadel
As an attendee of the jQuery Conference 2009, I received a free PDF version of Cody Lindley's new book, jQuery Enlightenment. The jQuery conference was tremendously inspiring, so needless to say, I returned from it ready to devour some tasty jQuery goodness. And, devour it I did; I got through jQuery Enlightenment in three nights, no problem. Of course, this was not just a factor of my newly fueled enthusiasm - jQuery Enlightenment happens to be a very nice read; I found it to be the perfect balance of explanation and code sample. If jQuery's message is "Write Less, Do More," then this book's message would be "Read Less, Learn More."
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This book would be fantastic for anyone who is relatively new to jQuery and wants to learn it, in depth, in the most efficient way. But, that is not to say that this book is basic; as someone with a good deal of jQuery experience, I found myself dog-earing every few pages, seeing things that I had either never seen before or things that I wanted to look into more deeply. I think that because jQuery Enlightenment is so easy to read, it feels like a deceptively low-level book. But, when you take a step back and think about what it's covered, you realize that it gets quite advanced, covering custom pseudo-selector development, plugin development, event delegation, closures, callbacks, and everything else you need to cultivate a rock-solid understanding of how jQuery works. As such, I think that there is information here that would benefit even the more advanced jQuery programmers.
Overall, Cody Lindley's jQuery Enlightenment book is quite impressive. I found his writing style and code samples to be very clear and easy to understand. And, one thing that I thought was brilliant was that every single one of his code samples is available online at JSBin.com, hot-linked directly from the PDF. In general, the book was just very well executed; and at just $15 for the PDF version, it's a great deal.
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Cody Lindley and myself at jQuery Conference 2009 in Cambridge, MA.
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Regarding "jQuery application architecture" - I think Jason Dean / Andy Matthews need to get off their asses and write up something on this. When we were doing the AIR stuff, that's the one thing I noticed / learned.
Ha ha, word up!
>> If jQuery's message is "Write Less, Do More," then this book's message would be "Read Less, Learn More."
Thats a nice comment; as a tech reviewer, I
appreciate, and I'm sure Cody does, too. Thanks for the great review.
My pleasure. Great to meet you at the conference. I told Glen that you used his Marketo form and he told me how you guys knew each other.
Oh, right. I didn't catch your name then. Was nice meeting you there!
Question: you said that "as an attendee of the jQuery Conference 2009, I received a free PDF version" of the book. Were all attendees supposed to get a copy? I was at the conference and didn't see anything about it.
In your attendee packet, you should have gotten a business-card-looking paper with a discount code on it. As far as I know, everyone got one.
@Ben -- Hmm, I'll have to look again but I don't remember seeing one.
I also don't remember seeing Cody's book offered as a free download.
That was the other one - we got two cards. One for jQuery Enlightenment and one for Manning books (I think).
I will have to look at my stuff because I don't remember seeing that one either.
I hope your ride back to NYC was uneventful.
Yeah, it was mostly uneventful. Got home, grabbed a few hours of sleep, and then right back to work :)
I actually went to work a couple hours late on Monday but came in feeling all refreshed and jQuerified.
Ha ha, jQuerified most definitely!
For everyone confused about the discount code, I emailed the organizers and asked.
"There were 30 passes given out at random during checkin. Not everyone got one. There were also other books given away at check in to the first so many people who checked in."
Ah, OK, that makes sense. I did some other people get hard-copy books that I did not get.
Where? Where? Where? lol! Does such a book even exist?
I share your curiosity. I am trying to get through some jQuery books and none that I have looked at really address this yet. My next book to read is jQuery In Action. Perhaps that will shed some light.
In the mean time, I'm trying to fool around with some ideas (very rough) that I will present on soon.
Well, I've read most of it (JQuery in Action) and it does not. The closest I could find to match my need were old books (but good books) that gave insight into single page application development, these are Ajax in Action and Professional Ajax (chapter 5 is a gem). I am currently trying the finite state machine approach to clean my event oriented design, I recommend:
To get inspired and to study this (even if it uses Ext.JS):
Hope this helps.
As I found, jQuery Enlightenment was written to express the concepts essential to intermediate and advanced jQuery development. I am trying to get jquery Enlightenment book having good quality semi-gloss and good the color look. Once i will read it then surely post feedback on this blog.
Thanks, I'll have to check that out. I'm working right now on a jQuery + ColdFusion application demo / presentation in which I am really trying to use some sort of MVC on the client side. Mostly just trial and error at this point.
Read Less, Learn More - I love to do this. if someone is there to explain things, its great right?
Although it doesn't directly address MVC, there is a jquery plugin that has made most of my AJAXy stuff almost laughably easy to implement.
Check the docs and the demos.
I use a Jquery onready to decorate all manner of links with specific actions to call taconite-based URLs to update parts of the page. This can degrade nicely into a simple new-page-load if the user has JS disabled.
Wow. I love when I chance upon sites like this ('enlightenment', to me, had a whole different meaning). I've three postgraduate degrees, and not a clue what you guys are talking about. The world is mighty wide.
Glad that you're liking it, as non-stereotypically enlightening as it may be :) I also blog somewhat about books, life, and love, which maybe of a more traditional interest.
Thanks, I'll keep watching (and hope you'll get a chance to notice my site, and blog which is w/in it)
It looks like you have written a very interesting collection of books there. I'll have to check them out. I'm not a religious person; but, as you say, when you come at these books as a source of guidance, arguing with the historical facts becomes irrelevant.
When I read the description of your book, The American Psyche in Search of its Soul, I was reminded of Viktor Frankl's, Man Search For Meaning. He had a great quote in that book, something like, "He who has a why to live can bear with almost any how." Anyway, just popped into my head - I know this is not really the best forum to discuss this :)
Frankl is a great looming influence on me (from long ago, but not forgotten). That what motivates a human being is a need for meaning, not just cravings for food/sex/money, seems undeniable to me. Without it we're just annoyingly clever animals.