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Book Review: JQuery & ASP.NET Controls – 51 Tips, Tricks and Recipes

My copy of JQuery & ASP.NET Controls – 51 Tips, Tricks and Recipes (published by DotnetCurry fame (and my friend and ASP.NET Architecture MVP) Suprotim Agarwal) arrived some time back.

I paid some serious attention to the book over the last couple of weekends, when I was playing around with JQuery a bit to implement some desired user experience. I should say I’m pretty impressed with the book – mainly for it’s practical value, and about the way it is organized.

The whole book has ten sections, with multiple recipes under each section, detailing specific tasks. In short, you’ll be able to quickly find how to implement a specific functionality in JQuery, just by looking at the index.

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I feel that the practical value of the book is immense. The examples and explanation are clear and concise – you don’t find any useless crap there. Each recipe has a problem statement (challenge), solution (the actual code),  Explanation of the code, A link to a live demo, a note on Browsers supported,  and a set of useful links on this problem. Great.

For my scenario, I was actually trying for implementing a Google reader like feature using JQuery – to high light multiple rows of the Grid view, so that the user can perform an operation with the high lighted rows. Wow, and I got pleasantly surprised when I saw this.

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I think the book, along with the sample code, can really fasten up the development time of web applications. For a developer, with out doubt, this e-book will serve as a travelling compass in the world of ASP.NET and JQuery, and is definitely recommended for anyone who is interested to build great user experiences with JQuery.    

You may read 5 sample chapters of the book here for free. And if you are serious about learning JQuery, don’t waste time, Go and buy it for $14.99 – The book comes with

  • 51 Tips, Tricks and Recipes with jQuery and ASP.Controls EBook (PDF)
  • Entire Source Code of the EBook
  • Cross Browser Scripts - tested on IE 7, IE 8, Firefox 3, Chrome 2, Safari 4
  • Common code that runs on ASP.NET Page, Master Pages, and in most cases, HTML pages too.

Again, congratulations to Suprotim for his great effort.

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