Free Programming Books

18 Excellent Free Books to Learn JavaScript

10. jQuery Fundamentals by Rebecca Murphey

jQuery FundamentalsjQuery Fundamentals gives an overview of the jQuery JavaScript library. It aims to make you comfortable tackling problems. Example solutions to all exercises are given.

Chapters cover:

  • JavaScript basics – covers the basic concepts of JavaScript, as well as some frequent pitfalls for people who have not used JavaScript before.
  • jQuery basics – selecting elements, choosing selectors, refining & filtering selections, working with selections, CSS and more.
  • jQuery core – utility methods, checking types, data methods, feature & browser detection, and more.
  • Events – jQuery provides simple methods for attaching event handlers to selections.
  • Effects – use the built-in settings, or provide a customized duration. You can also create custom animations of arbitrary CSS properties.
  • Ajax – Asynchronous JavaScript and XML allows for web pages that provide rich, interactive experiences.
  • Plugins – how to create a basic plugin, finding & evaluating plugins, writing plugins, and writing stateful plugins with the jQuery UI widget factory.
  • Performance Best Practices – covers a number of jQuery and JavaScript best practices including selector optimization.
  • Code Organization – looks at various code organization patterns you can use in your jQuery application and explores the RequireJS dependency management and build system.
  • Custom Events – illustrates jQuery’s custom events system to make a simple Twitter search application.

The book is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States license.

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11. Speaking JavaScript by Dr Axel Rauschmayer

Speaking JavaScriptThis book has been written for programmers, by a programmer. So, in order to understand it, you should already know object-oriented programming, for example, via a mainstream programming language such as Java, PHP, C++, Python, Ruby, Objective-C, C#, or Perl.

This book focuses on the JavaScript language proper. For example, you won’t find information on programming web browsers (DOM, asynchronous programming, etc.).

This book teaches ECMAScript 5, the current version of JavaScript that is supported by all modern engines.

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12. Human JavaScript by Henrik Joreteg

Human JavaScriptDiscover a better way of thinking about advanced JavaScript application development.

You’ll gain a strong foundation for building amazing web app experiences in a logical way.

You’ll understand the philosophy behind how to make decisions with your app structure.

No magic frameworks. No monolithic toolkits. You’re going to work with proper, real-life JavaScript in a way you’ll understand, and with explanations that help you learn how to make great choices as you build your apps.

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Next page: Page 5 – JavaScript Bible and more books

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – You Don’t Know JS (book series) and more books
Page 2 – JavaScript Enlightenment and more books
Page 3 – Developing Backbone.js Applications and more books
Page 4 – jQuery Fundamentals and more books
Page 5 – JavaScript Bible and more books
Page 6 – Object-Oriented JavaScript and more books


All books in this series:

Free Programming Books
JavaGeneral-purpose, concurrent, class-based, object-oriented, high-level language
CGeneral-purpose, procedural, portable, high-level language
PythonGeneral-purpose, structured, powerful language
C++General-purpose, portable, free-form, multi-paradigm language
C#Combines the power and flexibility of C++ with the simplicity of Visual Basic
JavaScriptInterpreted, prototype-based, scripting language
PHPPHP has been at the helm of the web for many years
HTMLHyperText Markup Language
SQLAccess and manipulate data held in a relational database management system
RubyGeneral purpose, scripting, structured, flexible, fully object-oriented language
AssemblyAs close to writing machine code without writing in pure hexadecimal
SwiftPowerful and intuitive general-purpose programming language
GroovyPowerful, optionally typed and dynamic language
GoCompiled, statically typed programming language
PascalImperative and procedural language designed in the late 1960s
PerlHigh-level, general-purpose, interpreted, scripting, dynamic language
RDe facto standard among statisticians and data analysts
COBOLCommon Business-Oriented Language
ScalaModern, object-functional, multi-paradigm, Java-based language
FortranThe first high-level language, using the first compiler
ScratchVisual programming language designed for 8-16 year-old children
LuaDesigned as an embeddable scripting language
LogoDialect of Lisp that features interactivity, modularity, extensibility
RustIdeal for systems, embedded, and other performance critical code
LispUnique features - excellent to study programming constructs
AdaALGOL-like programming language, extended from Pascal and other languages
HaskellStandardized, general-purpose, polymorphically, statically typed language
SchemeA general-purpose, functional language descended from Lisp and Algol
PrologA general purpose, declarative, logic programming language
ForthImperative stack-based programming language
ClojureDialect of the Lisp programming language
JuliaHigh-level, high-performance language for technical computing
AwkVersatile language designed for pattern scanning and processing language
CoffeeScriptTranscompiles into JavaScript inspired by Ruby, Python and Haskell
BASICBeginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code
ErlangGeneral-purpose, concurrent, declarative, functional language
VimLPowerful scripting language of the Vim editor
OCamlThe main implementation of the Caml language
ECMAScriptBest known as the language embedded in web browsers
BashShell and command language; popular both as a shell and a scripting language
LaTeXProfessional document preparation system and document markup language
TeXMarkup and programming language - create professional quality typeset text
ArduinoInexpensive, flexible, open source microcontroller platform
TypeScriptStrict syntactical superset of JavaScript adding optional static typing
ElixirRelatively new functional language running on the Erlang virtual machine
F#Uses functional, imperative, and object-oriented programming methods
TclDynamic language based on concepts of Lisp, C, and Unix shells
FactorDynamic stack-based programming language
EiffelObject-oriented language designed by Bertrand Meyer
AgdaDependently typed functional language based on intuitionistic Type Theory
IconWide variety of features for processing and presenting symbolic data
XMLRules for defining semantic tags describing structure ad meaning
ValaObject-oriented language, syntactically similar to C#
Standard MLGeneral-purpose functional language characterized as "Lisp with types"
DGeneral-purpose systems programming language with a C-like syntax
DartClient-optimized language for fast apps on multiple platforms
MarkdownPlain text formatting syntax designed to be easy-to-read and easy-to-write
KotlinMore modern version of Java
Objective-CObject-oriented language that adds Smalltalk-style messaging to C
PureScriptSmall strongly, statically typed language compiling to JavaScript
ClojureScriptCompiler for Clojure that targets JavaScript
VHDLHardware description language used in electronic design automation
JArray programming language based primarily on APL
LabVIEWDesigned to enable domain experts to build power systems quickly
PostScriptInterpreted, stack-based and Turing complete language
RakuMember of the Perl family of programming languages
DylanMulti-paradigm language supporting functional and object-oriented coding
CoqDependently typed language similar to Agda, Idris, F* and others
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