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The *one* book I regret not buying as a developer

Jon Duckett’s JavaScript & jQuery book is a must-have resource for any web developer.

As self-taught web developers, we understand the need for quality educational investments. Even the most educated of developers find themselves exploring the web for additional resources. From frontend frameworks, to backend basics, to good ol’ JavaScript & jQuery, we spend countless hours researching the various technologies that go into building the web.

My own gateway into web development were two books by Mark Myers. He is the author of the Smarter Way series, and both his HTML & CSS book along with his JavaScript book advanced my learning like no other materials before it. They were also a really good deal at less than twenty dollars each.


Then there was the Jon Duckett JavaScript & jQuery book.

I’d heard a LOT of great things about it…But $40? Come on, now. That was a little expensive for me, especially since I was’t 100% sure I wanted to do web development as a career.

Fast forward two years, and I finally got around to snagging it. My only regret was that I didn’t buy it when I was an aspiring web developer. This is a beautiful book that is absolutely packed with must-know web development concepts concerning JavaScript & jQuery. And even though we’ve largely moved past actively developing apps with jQuery in the modern enterprise development realm, it still has its uses (it’s also used a lot in existing enterprise coding projects, so knowledge of it is still important.

Jon Duckett’s JavaScript & jQuery is a must-have book in any web developer’s collection.

In other words, you may not be actively developing in jQuery, but there’s a good chance you’ll encounter a code base that includes it somewhere, whether for animations, DOM manipulation, or for its AJAX methods. You’ll need to understand this library in order to perform maintenance, for example.

From the design, to the layout, to the organization of the material and the information itself — it’s a cut above the rest. But rather than make this article one big editorial on my part, let’s check in with some other devs who have read it.

The comments section on my YouTube channel has always been an insightful place to say the least. Here is what others have said about JavaScript & jQuery:

RunOs mentions how it was a go-to title, but played a little game with the local library:

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Dude, I checked this out from the library like 40 times to save myself the money.

While DL Jones is still enthusiastic about it years later.

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Saw the title and had to comment.

Both the HTML/CSS and [Javascript & jQuery] books are really a must have for new developers, in my opinion.

I was skeptical about getting them because of how old they were, until I stumbled on the website that had the 2011 versions of the books. I immediately went on several sites to see where I could get them cheap and to see if there were newer versions of the books.

These books are excellent foundations, and are wonderful at explaining concepts, showing how to write pretty clean code in vanilla javascript and html and css. I wish that I had had these years ago when I started learning this stuff.

Textbooks can be very intimidating, but these are not. I cannot wait until this author puts out some es6 and beyond stuff.

Finally, as Tim Anon notes, JavaScript & jQuery (in addition to Duckett’s HTML & CSS book) is organized brilliantly.

It’s a great book. So’s the CSS/HTML one. I think there’s a deal where you can get both at very close to the price of one. BTW books are awesome! They’re logically and thematically laid out.

Jon Duckett’s JavaScript & jQuery book is still highly relevant.

With a price that drops every few months, now is as good a time as any to pick this one up. My only regret was that I didn’t buy it sooner!

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