It's a (jQuery) cookbook!

Martin reviews the new "jQuery Cookbook" and likes it

Books written by a cast of thousands aren't usually very good. The most common problem is that the multiple-author book winds up reading like a bunch of chapters written by different people for different audiences in different styles all slapped together, with a table of contents and index added as an afterthought.


That isn't true of "jQuery Cookbook" (O'Reilly, 2009, 451 pp., $34.99, ISBN 978-0-596-15977-1), subtitled "Solutions & Examples for jQuery Developers" and written by "jQuery Community Experts" (19 chapter authors and 4 tech editors). I don't know who was responsible for unifying the content, but the book works. It hangs together in a logical way, and with few exceptions, it reads well. Some sections are especially well-done -- for example, chapter 5, "Faster, Simpler, More Fun" by Michael Geary and Scott González.

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The content is useful as well; "jQuery in Action" remains arguably the best first book to pick up on jQuery, after first digesting "JavaScript: The Definitive Guide" to understand the underlying language. Following those titles, "jQuery Cookbook" is the book I'd pick up third and use as a desk-side reference for jQuery problem solving. I do wish that it were easier to find a particular recipe at need, but I can't fault the book's organization; this is a case where searching the electronic version of the book for specific keywords might be the appropriate first step, and perusing the found section in the printed book the best second step. I recommend having both.

By the way, the title of this blog entry is a TV and film reference. If you don't get the joke, find and view the classic "Twilight Zone" episode "To Serve Man" (on YouTube, for example). For bonus points, view "Madagascar" and find the scene where Sacha Baron Cohen's lemur character says nearly the same thing.

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