When Dan Wellman asked on twitter if anyone would like to review his latest book on jQuery I took the opportunity for selfish reasons as much as anything else. If I could take a brief interlude from vanilla JS to brush up on jQuery, why not.
jQuery Hotshot is nothing like what I was expecting, and in a good way. There is only the briefest of introductions to how jQuery works then straight into a tour de force of some pretty impressive real world examples of what can be done with jQuery. From a simple game, through UI enhancements, advanced Google Maps API developments, jQuery Mobile, the HTML5 file API and plenty more.
I really like Dan’s writing style. To me it seems relaxed and comfortable and I was able to follow along with the code and explanations without any bother.
It’s obvious Dan knows what he’s talking about and the first few pages of the first chapter will convince you if you have your doubts about his expertise. Absolutely top drawer.
One thing I wasn’t so keen on was the spy astronaut headings in each chapter. I thought they went just that little bit too far past fun and quirky into annoying and distracting, but they’re only headings so didn’t get in my way too much and may well make the book more readable for other people.
Another thing that wasn’t so hot was that the download to accompany the book didn’t work for me at all. I tried a few times over a couple of weeks in different browsers, but not dice unfortunately. Hopefully the publishers will have that sorted soon.
Overall I would definitely recommend this book for anyone looking to use jQuery. It’s a real eye-opener and I’d be surprised if you didn’t learn plenty about the library and its capabilities, and indeed plenty about web development in general.
If you would like to buy jQuery Hotshot you can get it on Amazon at http://www.amazon.co.uk/jQuery-Hotshot-ebook/dp/B00BFQ61GU/ or the publisher Packt at http://www.packtpub.com/jquery-hotshot/book (those aren’t affiliate links).
Finally I’d like to point out that apart from a free copy of the book as an ebook I didn’t get paid for this review. It’s my honest opinion of the book and my only connection to Dan is the very occasional conversation in the public timeline on twitter.