About the Authors Jonathan Chaffer is a member

About the Authors Jonathan Chaffer is a member of Rapid Development Group, a web development firm located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His work there includes overseeing and implementing projects in a wide variety of technologies, with an emphasis in PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript. He also leads on-site training seminars on the jQuery framework for web developers. In the open-source community, Jonathan has been very active in the Drupal CMS project, which has adopted jQuery as its JavaScript framework of choice. He is the creator of the Content Construction Kit, a popular module for managing structured content on Drupal sites. He is responsible for major overhauls of Drupal’s menu system and developer API reference. Jonathan lives in Grand Rapids with his wife, Jennifer. I would like to thank Jenny for her tireless enthusiasm and support, Karl for the motivation to continue writing when the spirit is weak, and the Ars Technica community for constant inspiration toward technical excellence. In addition, I’d like to thank Mike Henry and the Twisted Pixel team for producing consistently entertaining distractions in between writing sessions.

How we run the project, and how you

How we run the project, and how you use the code, is fundamentally very different from most open source projects and most JavaScript libraries. The jQuery project and community is incredibly knowledgeable; we understand what makes jQuery a different programming experience and do our best to pass that knowledge on to fellow users. The jQuery community isn’t something that you can read about to understand; it’s something that you actually have to participate in for it to fully sink in. I hope that you’ll have the opportunity to partake in it. Come join us in our forums, mailing lists, and blogs and let us help guide you through the experience of getting to know jQuery better. For me, jQuery is much more than a block of code. It’s the sum total of experiences that have transpired over the years in order to make the library happen. The considerable ups and downs, the struggle of development together with the excitement of seeing it grow and succeed. Growing close with its users and fellow team members, understanding them and trying to grow and adapt. When I first saw this book talk about jQuery and discuss it like a unified tool, as opposed to the experiences that it’s come to encapsulate for me, I was both taken aback and excited. Seeing how others learn, understand, and mold jQuery to fit them is much of what makes the project so exhilarating. I’m not the only one who enjoys jQuery on a level that is far different from a normal tool-user relationship. I don’t know if I can properly encapsulate why this is, but I’ve seen it time and time again the singular moment when a user’s face lights up with the realization of just how much jQuery will help them. There is a specific moment where it just clicks for a jQuery user, when they realize that this tool that they were using was in fact much, much more than just a simple tool all along and suddenly their understanding of how to write dynamic web applications completely shifts. It’s an incredible thing, and absolutely my favorite part of the jQuery project. I hope you’ll have the opportunity to experience this sensation as well. John Resig Creator of jQuery

Foreword I feel honored knowing that Karl Swedberg

Foreword I feel honored knowing that Karl Swedberg and Jonathan Chaffer undertook the task of writing Learning jQuery. As the first book about jQuery, it set the standard that other jQuery and, really, other JavaScript books in general have tried to match. It’s consistently been one of the top selling JavaScript books since its release, in no small part due to its quality and attention to detail. I’m especially pleased that it was Karl and Jonathan who wrote the book as I already knew them so well and knew that they would be perfect for the job. Being part of the core jQuery team, I’ve had the opportunity to come to know Karl quite well over the past couple years, and especially within the context of his book writing effort. Looking at the end result, it’s clear that his skills as both a developer and a former English teacher were perfectly designed for this singular task. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet both of them in person, a rare occurrence in the world of distributed Open Source projects, and they continue to be upstanding members of the jQuery community. The jQuery library is used by so many different people in the jQuery community. The community is full of designers, developers, people who have experience programming, and those who don’t. Even within the jQuery team, we have people from all backgrounds providing their feedback on the direction of the project. There is one thing that is common across all of jQuery’s users, though: We are a community of developers and designers who want JavaScript development to be made simple. It’s almost a clich , at this point, to say that an open source project is community- oriented, or that a project wants to focus on helping new users get started. However, it’s not just an empty gesture for jQuery; it’s the liquid-oxygen fuel for the project. We actually have more people in the jQuery team dedicated to managing the jQuery community, writing documentation, or writing plugins than actually maintaining the core code base. While the health of the library is incredibly important, the community surrounding that code is the difference between a floundering, mediocre project and one that will match and exceed your every need.

Credits Authors Jonathan Chaffer Karl Swedberg Reviewers Kaiser

Credits Authors Jonathan Chaffer Karl Swedberg Reviewers Kaiser Ahmed Kevin Boudloche Carlos Estebes Acquisition Editor Sarah Cullington Development Editor Roger D’souza Technical Editors Llewellyn F. Rozario Azharuddin Sheikh Project Coordinator Srimoyee Ghoshal Proofreader Linda Morris Indexers Tejal Daruwale Rekha Nair Graphics Nilesh Mohite Production Coordinators Aparna Bhagat Prachali Bhiwandkar Cover Work Aparna Bhagat Prachali Bhiwandkar

Learning jQuery Third Edition Copyright 2011 Packt

Learning jQuery Third Edition Copyright 2011 Packt Publishing All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission of the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations embedded in critical articles or reviews. Every effort has been made in the preparation of this book to ensure the accuracy of the information presented. However, the information contained in this book is sold without warranty, either express or implied. Neither the authors, nor Packt Publishing, and its dealers and distributors will be held liable for any damages caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by this book. Packt Publishing has endeavored to provide trademark information about all of the companies and products mentioned in this book by the appropriate use of capitals. However, Packt Publishing cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information. First published: September 2011 Production Reference: 1160911 Published by Packt Publishing Ltd. Livery Place 35 Livery Street Birmingham B3 2PB, UK.. ISBN 978-1-84951-654-9 www.packtpub.com Cover Image by Karl Swedberg (kswedberg@gmail.com)