Author: Bintu Harwani
Pros: Practical recipe approach
Cons: Not really about jQuery, doesn't go beyond the trivial
Reviewed by: Ian Elliot
In a book that delivered some recipes that really were targeted at jQuery then you could forgive a little "padding" with simpler and more general recipes. You might even be able to justify them on the grounds that it shows how jQuery fits into the bigger picture but you can't really get away with an entire book of them! There are also many recipes that simply don't seem likely to be solving real problems - they are more like demos of some method or other. This wouldn't be too bad but the explanations of why and how things work aren't good. jQuery has some interesting approaches to things such as chaining methods but this book really doesn't make any case for a different approach or how to think about jQuery.
You might find some value in this book if all you want are some fairly tedious recipes that show how to do familiar things but with the help of a little bit of jQuery tagged on. If you really want some examples that show jQuery going through its paces you need to look elsewhere.