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Top Jobs: jQuery (and JavaScript too!)

By  Jul 22, 2013

Topics: Programming, Web Development

In this series, I'll be talking about the top job skills from Indeed.com and how InformIT can help strengthen your resume and portfolio for the most requested job requirements.

Skipping down a bit lower on Indeed.com's list, the next topic for discussion is jQuery. The good folks here at InformIT have quite a bit of resources available for those of you interested in learning how to learn jQuery. Take a gander at some of our latest offerings below.

For those of you who are beginners and want to know all about what the jQuery Javascript library is all about, I can heartily recommend Sams Teach Yourself JavaScript in 24 Hours, 5th Edition by Phil Ballard and Michael Moncur. These two will give you the tools you need to learn the essentials of JavaScript, which forms the basis for understanding how to leverage the jQuery library properly. You can read a sample chapter about using functions in JavaScript here. Or, if you'd rather read a free article by one of the authors, you can go here.

For those of you who already have experience with JavaScript, you might want to check out Learning jQuery: A Hands-on Guide to Building Rich Interactive Web Front Ends by Ralph Steyer. Ralph will help you to uncover what you can do with jQuery and how you can expand its capabilities with plug-ins. This is a code-rich tutorial designed to appeal to working developers, so if you are ready to bolster your resume, then this is the book for you! You can read a sample chapter if you're interested in getting started with jQuery. If you have a subscription with Safari Books Online, or you want one), you can check the book out here.

I know that some of you are more interested in our video LiveLessons. Well, I've got good news! Phil Dutson has produced jQuery Fundamentals LiveLessons (Video Training). These are DRM-free video downloads that give you an overview of the core jQuery library. Each LiveLesson is focused on a particular portion of the jQuery library, and by the end of the series you should be proficient in using jQuery.

What if you are simply looking for a handy reference guide to over 100 jQuery recipes? Well, I've got what you're looking for! jQuery, jQuery UI, and jQuery Mobile: Recipes and Examples is a fantastic collection of robust, realistic, and easy-to-use solutions to make the most of jQuery. Written by Phil Dutson and Adriaan de Jonge, this book is sure to provide you with all of the code you need along with explanations of how it works and how to adapt it to your needs. You can read a sample chapter if you want a taste of what the book offers, or you can read the whole thing on Safari Books Online, if you have an account there.

Alright guys, this is it for now! We've got only one more entry left in this series: Social Media! So be sure to check in next week to see the grand finale of this Top Jobs blog. Now get out there and go learn something new!

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