The Joy of jQuery
When you're building the next great web application you basically need two things:
1) a back end to store and process the work that your application performs (for this I recommend PHP and mySQL -- and my first Kickstarter project 'The Joy of PHP') and
2) a front end that sizzles. (The "front end" is the part of the application that the users see. )
Looks matter. It's not enough that your web application do cool things, it also has to look great. It has to look great on a desktop browser and on a mobile device too.
User expectations for how great a web application needs to look are rising, but don't let this put you off. One great way to build coolness into your application is to stand on the shoulders of giants.
For this I recommend jQuery...
What is jQuery?
jQuery is easy enough to learn, and this book will make learning it fun.
Why this project?
I've been a professional programmer for over 20 years, and I have a knack for making dry topics (of which this certainly qualifies) fun and interesting. I will make learning jQuery a joy.
I'll present the concepts of jQuery in a context that makes them relevant. Instead of a book of boring syntax, you'll get a story you can relate to.
I'll invent a case study and tell a story as we transform a bland web application into one that looks great. You'll be learning 'just enough' jQuery as we go to fit into the story, but before you realize it you'll know more jQuery than you thought you could. It's the story that will keep you from setting the book down and it will also make the concepts fit into your brain easily. Before we are done, you'll know more than enough jQuery to transform your own web application into one that sizzles.
If we hit $7,500 then every chapter will have an accompanying video that demonstrate the techniques covered in that chapter.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk is, of course, that good writing is hard. My last project 'Joy of PHP' took me far longer than I expected. Part of the reason was that once I had so many backers I felt a responsibility to them to deliver the best book I could. I will feel the same way to all of you but I will try to deliver on time.
With my last project I thought I could deliver a great book but now I KNOW I can. I've done it before, and it is something I enjoy. I won't be off watching TV or doing something else when I should be writing because I love to write. I've set a more realistic timeline on this project, and I am confident I can deliver. The risks are minimal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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