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JavaScript and JQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development

By Jon Duckett

~450 reviews

This full-color book will show you how to make your websites more interactive and your interfaces more interesting and intuitive.

This book covers:

  1. Basic programming concepts - assuming no prior knowledge of programming beyond an ability to create a web page using HTML & CSS
  2. Core elements of the JavaScript language - so you can learn how to write your own scripts from scratch
  3. jQuery - which will allow you to simplify the process of writing scripts (this is introduced half-way through the book once you have a solid understanding of JavaScript)
  4. How to recreate techniques you will have seen on other web sites such as sliders, content filters, form validation, updating content using Ajax, and much more (these examples demonstrate writing your own scripts from scratch and how the theory you have learned is put into practice).

As with our first book (the best-selling HTML & CSS: Design and Build Websites), each chapter:

  • Breaks subjects down into bite-sized chunks with a new topic on each page
  • Contains clear descriptions of syntax, each one demonstrated with inspiring code samples
  • Uses diagrams and photography to explain complex concepts in a visual way

By the end of the book, not only will you be able to use the thousands of scripts, JavaScript APIs, and jQuery plugins that are freely available on the web, and be able to customize them - you will also be able to create your own scripts from scratch.

If you're looking to create more enriching web experiences, then this is the book for you.


  • Easy to understand illustartion and samples
  • Reads like a magazine than a book
  • Excellent reference material


  • (Physical book only) Poor binding along spine of book, pages easily fall off
  • Sample code/example too basic for intermediate and above developers
  • Minor coding errors in examples

Top Tech Book Review

This book has great presentation layout along with excellent illustrations for each chapters. Visually stimulating to read. The book reads more like a magazine than a traditional book so you don't fall asleep mid-way into a topic.

The author breaks down every topic to its individual atomic component so reader can easily digest the chapter materials. In addition, the author keeps the content focus and concise, no fluff added!

If you are someone who is just starting out in JavaScript with no prior programming experience, then this book is for you. This book will be a great reference material as you journey in your JavaScript career.