You'll discover the untapped possibilities that jQuery makes available and hone your skills as you return to this guide time and again.
In Chapter 1, Anatomy of a jQuery Script, we'll begin by dissecting a working jQuery example. This script will serve as a roadmap for this book, directing you to the chapters containing more information on particular jQuery capabilities.
The heart of the book is a set of reference chapters, which allow you to quickly look up the details of any jQuery method. Chapter 2, Selector Expressions, lists every available selector for finding page elements.
Chapter 3, DOM Traversal Methods, builds on the previous chapter with a catalog of jQuery methods for finding page elements.
Chapter 4, DOM Manipulation Methods, describes every opportunity for inspecting and modifying the HTML structure of a page.
Chapter 5, Event Methods, details each event that can be triggered and reacted to by jQuery.
Chapter 6, Effect Methods, defines the range of animations built into jQuery, as well as the toolkit available for building your own.
Chapter 7, AJAX Methods, lists the ways in which jQuery can initiate and respond to server communication without refreshing the page.
Chapter 8, Miscellaneous Methods, covers the remaining capabilities of the jQuery library that don't neatly fit into the other categories.
Chapter 9, jQuery Properties, lists properties of the jQuery object that can be inspected for information about the browser environment.
With the catalog of built-in functionality concluded, we'll dive into the extension mechanisms jQuery makes available. Chapter 10, Plug-in API, reveals these powerful ways to enhance jQuery's already robust capabilities using a plug-in.
Chapter 11, Alphabetical Quick Reference, offers a handy list of all methods and their arguments.
Appendix B, Development Tools, recommends a number of useful third-party programs and utilities for editing and debugging jQuery code within your personal development environment.
This book is a reference guide, not a tutorial. As such, prior exposure to the jQuery library will be beneficial in navigating this reference. The book Learning jQuery 1.3 is well-suited for this purpose.
The jQuery library itself can be downloaded from http://jquery.com/. The majority of examples in this book require only this library, a text editor, and a web browser. Some AJAX examples require web server software as well, such as Apache, but this requirement is avoided wherever possible.
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