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jQuery 1.4 Reference Guide

By : Jonathan Chaffer, Karl Swedberg, jQuery Foundation
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jQuery 1.4 Reference Guide

By: Jonathan Chaffer, Karl Swedberg, jQuery Foundation

Overview of this book

If you are looking for a comprehensive reference guide to this popular JavaScript library, this book and eBook is for you. To make optimal use of jQuery, it's good to keep in mind the breadth of capabilities it provides. You can add dynamic, interactive elements to your sites with reduced development time using jQuery.Revised and updated for version 1.4 of jQuery, this book offers an organized menu of every jQuery method, function, and selector. Each method and function is introduced with a summary of its syntax and a list of its parameters and return value, followed by a discussion, with examples where applicable, to assist in getting the most out of jQuery and avoiding the pitfalls commonly associated with JavaScript and other client-side languages.In this book you will be provided information about the latest features of jQuery that include Sizzle Selector, Native event delegation, Event triggering, DOM manipulation, and many more. You won't be confined to built-in functionality, you'll be able to examine jQuery's plug-in architecture and we discuss both how to use plug-ins and how to write your own. If you're already familiar with JavaScript programming, this book will help you dive right into advanced jQuery concepts. You'll be able to experiment on your own, trusting the pages of this book to provide information on the intricacies of the library, where and when you need it.This book is a companion to Learning jQuery 1.3. Learning jQuery 1.3 begins with a tutorial to jQuery, where the authors share their knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm about jQuery to help you get the most from the library and to make your web applications shine.jQuery 1.4 Reference Guide digs deeper into the library, taking you through the syntax specifications and following up with detailed discussions. You'll discover the untapped possibilities that jQuery 1.4 makes available, and polish your skills as you return to this guide time and again.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
jQuery 1.4 Reference Guide
About the Authors
About the Reviewers

Tools for Firefox

Mozilla Firefox is the browser of choice for the lion's share of web developers and, therefore, has some of the most extensive and well-respected development tools.


The Firebug extension for Firefox is indispensable for jQuery development:

Some of the features of Firebug are:

  • An excellent DOM inspector for finding names and selectors for pieces of the document

  • CSS manipulation tools for finding out why a page looks a certain way and changing it

  • An interactive JavaScript console

  • A JavaScript debugger that can watch variables and trace code execution

Firebug has spawned a number of its own extensions, which make the tool even more versatile. A few of the more popular Firebug extensions are:

Web Developer toolbar

This not only overlaps Firebug in the area of DOM inspection, but also contains tools for common tasks such as cookie manipulation, form inspection, and page resizing. You can also use this toolbar to quickly and easily disable JavaScript for a site to ensure that functionality degrades gracefully when the user's browser is less capable:


Venkman is the official JavaScript debugger for the Mozilla project. It provides a troubleshooting environment that is reminiscent of the GDB system for debugging programs that are written in other languages:

Regular Expressions Tester

Regular expressions for matching strings in JavaScript can be tricky to craft. This extension for Firefox allows easy experimentation with regular expressions using an interface for entering search text: