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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 Internet Explorer

Sites often behave differently in IE than in other web browsers, so having debugging tools for this platform is important.

Microsoft Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar

The Developer Toolbar for Internet Explorer versions 6 and 7 primarily provides a view of the DOM tree for a web page. Elements can be located visually and modified on the fly with new CSS rules. It also provides other miscellaneous development aids, such as a ruler for measuring page elements:

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 Developer Tools

Internet Explorer 8 comes with a set of developer tools that is much improved over previous versions' Developer Toolbar. Somewhat resembling Firefox's Firebug extension, the Developer Tools suite provides a console for JavaScript execution and logging, as well as tabs for JavaScript debugging and profiling, and CSS and HTML inspection and modification.

Microsoft Visual Web Developer Express

Microsoft's free Visual Web Developer Express package can be used not only to build web pages, but also to inspect and debug JavaScript code:

To run the debugger interactively, follow the process outlined here:

dynaTrace AJAX Edition

This free tool gathers an enormous amount of performance data for web applications and displays it in a number of ways for further analysis:


The DebugBar provides a DOM inspector as well as a JavaScript console for debugging. It is especially useful for Internet Explorer 6 and 7, which do not have their own consoles:


Memory leaks in JavaScript code can cause performance and stability issues for Internet Explorer. Drip helps to detect and isolate these memory issues: