Book Review: jQuery 1.3 with PHP by Packt Publishing

Posted by mrkuiper on Jan 30, 2010 4:27 PM EDT; By Marco Kuiper
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The book aims to be a book for PHP application developers who want to improve their user interfaces through jQuery's capabilities and responsiveness. I really think the author has done a great job at achieving this goal. The code examples are very practical which can be used inside loads of websites. You don't especially need to be familiar with jQuery, since the book will provide you with numerous practical examples on how to improve your application. Through the code, you'll learn some great jQuery too!

I personally really liked reading chapter 7, where jQuery and PHP is combined to do some pretty neat image manipulation. I've never thought of doing this myself and the code examples show some great ways on achieving non-destructive image manipulations. I might try messing around and combining both to write a tutorial about it myself, it can really create some nice stuff. Also, the last chapter (Optimization) has been an eye opener on several subjects (so, even for some advanced jQuery/PHP developers this book can be a refreshing read).

This book is more aimed at programmers than designers, which you can really see in the examples. The UI is very basic, but the code behind it looks very good. Also, nothing about jQuery animation / CSS etc. is handled in this book; it really focuses on the combination of jQuery with PHP.

Furthermore, the code written is very clean, but not my personal style (but that's just a matter of taste). What I did like, is that there are comments placed in the code examples, which makes the code even more clear. A minor downside is that there isn't any CD combined with the book where you can see the code in colour and copy it (the eBook version does allow easy copying of the code).

The book is fairly easily written. It's not a boring book to read, no "fancy words" and it's written in a way most tutorials on the web are written. It looks as if the author is telling you how to do things, instead of only showing. An example: OK. Now, let's do some more manipulating tasks. Here's another simple one.

I really think this is a great book that you should have if you're a PHP developer that wants to use some very good use of jQuery on his website. A "must-have" on every bookshelf, one of the better jQuery books I've seen so far.

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