Learning jQuery 1.3 is well written, clear and concise, and provides an introduction to jQuery that requires minimal programming experience. Throughout the book, Jonathan Chaffer and Karl Swedberg use good and relatively interesting examples to illustrate the use of various jQuery methods and approaches, and provide illuminating discussions of alternative ways of doing the same things, showing the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Learning jQuery 1.3 is a relatively basic introduction to jQuery. If you already have some experience using jQuery, and have managed to write your first few applications or have been able to adapt plugins for your site, this most likely is not the book for you. Also, even though this is an introduction entitled “Learning jQuery”, it does not contain any exercises or study questions.
What I liked about this book, was not only the clarity and excellent use of examples, but also the great enthusiasm about jQuery that was on display throughout the book. In addition, I was, as are thousands of other users of jQuery, stunned by the power and simplicity: it is possible to achieve significant changes with just a very few lines of code! If you want your pages to be interactive, jQuery is most likely the way to go! And that means that Learning jQuery 1.3 may be a very useful book.