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Learning jQuery 1.3

Better Interaction Design and Web Development with Simple JavaScript Techniques

Jonathan Chaffer Karl Swedberg


Learning jQuery 1.3
Copyright © 2009 Packt Publishing

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission ofthe publisher, except in the case of brief quotations embedded in critical articles or reviews. Every effort has been made in the preparation of this book to ensure the accuracy of the information presented. However, the information contained in this book is sold without warranty, either express or implied. Neither the authors, Packt Publishing, nor its dealers or distributors will be held liablefor any damages caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by this book. Packt Publishing has endeavored to provide trademark information about all the companies and products mentioned in this book by the appropriate use of capitals. However, Packt Publishing cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information.

First published: February 2009

Production Reference: 1040209

Publishedby Packt Publishing Ltd. 32 Lincoln Road Olton Birmingham, B27 6PA, UK. ISBN 978-1-847196-70-5

Cover Image by Karl Swedberg (

Authors Jonathan Chaffer Karl Swedberg Production Editorial Manager Abhijeet Deobhakta

Reviewers Akash Mehta Dave Methvin Mike Alsup The Gigapedia Team

Project Team Leader Lata Basantani

Project CoordinatorLeena Purkait

Senior Acquisition Editor Douglas Paterson

Indexer Rekha Nair

Development Editor Usha Iyer

Proofreader Jeff Orloff

Technical Editor John Antony

Production Coordinator Aparna Bhagat

Editorial Team Leader Akshara Aware

Cover Work Aparna Bhagata

I feel honored knowing that Karl Swedberg and Jonathan Chaffer undertook the task of writing LearningjQuery. As the first book about jQuery, it set the standard that other jQuery — and, really, other JavaScript books in general — have tried to match. It's consistently been one of the top selling JavaScript books since its release, in no small part due to its quality and attention to detail. I'm especially pleased that it was Karl and Jonathan who wrote the book since I already knew them so well andknew that they would be perfect for the job. Being part of the core jQuery team, I've had the opportunity to come to know Karl quite well over the past couple years, and especially within the context of his book writing effort. Looking at the end result, it's clear that his skills as both a developer and a former English teacher were perfectly designed for this singular task. I've also had theopportunity to meet both of them in person, a rare occurrence in the world of distributed Open Source projects, and they continue to be upstanding members of the jQuery community. The jQuery library is used by so many different people in the jQuery community. The community is full of designers, developers, people who have experience programming, and those who don't. Even within the jQuery team, wehave people from all backgrounds providing their feedback on the direction of the project. There is one thing that is common across all of jQuery's users, though: We are a community of developers and designers who want JavaScript development to be made simple. It's almost a cliché, at this point, to say that an open source project is communityoriented, or that a project wants to focus on helping newusers get started. But it's not just an empty gesture for jQuery; it's the liquid-oxygen fuel for the project. We actually have more people in the jQuery team dedicated to managing the jQuery community, writing documentation, or writing plugins than actually maintaining the core code base. While the health of the library is incredibly important, the community surrounding that code is the...
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