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.

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