jQuery: Read This First

If you're paid for your programming efforts (or if you put even a marginal value on your time), I would strongly recommend that you buy and read a few jQuery-related books before jumping into the code writing. This approach is usually way more efficient (and gives you a broader picture) than relying on snippets provided by good uncle Google. If, on the other hand, you believe everything should be free, be my guest ... but then your time is probably worth approximately as much :)

The following two books were a perfect fit for my level of JavaScript/CSS experience. The first one is a great step-by-step introduction to jQuery (focusing on jQuery, not on mundane JavaScript or CSS details) and the second one serves me as a great paper reference (I am old enough to prefer paper to pixels).


ashoon said...

Thanks for the recommendations. I must have overlooked your JQuery conversion post. Could you give some bullets on your specific reasons (either XSL specific or in general)?

Ivan Pepelnjak said...

I started using jQuery primarily because it simplifies the DHTML handling. I'll post a few samples of how it made my life much easier; you'll see it's worth trying.

Core jQuery does not include XSL support, you need a plugin (for example, the Transform plugin). As XSL is a big part of what I'm doing, I'll definitely write about its support in jQuery

Brian said...

the transform plugin doesn't support callbacks, which means we can't modify the transformed xml.

can we use jQuery in the xslt file? will this solve the problem?

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