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jQuery, Part 1: Fundamentals

with expert Michael Bibeault

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Release date Release date 6/2/2012
Level Level Beginner
Runtime Runtime 0h 55m
Platform Platform Major browsers on Windows Major browsers on Windows Major browsers on Mac OSX Major browsers on Mac OSX Mobile Devices Mobile Devices
Closed captioning Closed captioning Included
Transcript Transcript Included
eBooks / courseware eBooks / courseware Included
Hands-on labs Hands-on labs N/A
Sample code Sample code Included
Exams Exams Included

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Course description

This course will cover the fundamentals of jQuery starting with why use jQuery. The course will then cover downloading and installing files, adding jQuery to a page, getting and using Plugins, Statements and end with utility functions.


Basic knowledge of computer programming in C++, C#, or Java.

Meet the expert

Michael Bibeault Michael Bibeault has been turning coffee into quality software since 1976 when he starting programming in BASIC on a Control Data Cyber. He is currently an Architect and Technical Lead at a company that manufactures residential gateways and set-top TV boxes. Bear has two Electrical Engineering degrees from the University of Massachusetts and has also taught in the Graduate Computer Engineering Program of that esteemed institution for a decade. Bear has co-authored four books: Ajax in Practice, Prototype and Scriptaculous in Action, jQuery in Action, and jQuery in Action, 2nd edition. He is also currently working on a 5th book with John Resig: Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja.

Course outline

jQuery: Fundamentals

Introduction to jQuery (24:42)
  • Introduction (02:31)
  • The Web has Changed (02:52)
  • Meeting the Challenge (01:39)
  • Why jQuery? (02:59)
  • jQuerys Primary Goals (01:21)
  • Letting JavaScript be JavaScript (00:48)
  • Functional vs Imperative JS (01:14)
  • Unobtrusive JavaScript (03:34)
  • Why jQuery? (again) (00:35)
  • Demo: JavaScript Form (02:29)
  • Ajax, the Hard Way (01:00)
  • Demo: jQuery Form (02:02)
  • Ajax, the Easy Way (00:50)
  • Summary (00:43)
jQuery Syntax and Setup (15:06)
  • Introduction (00:45)
  • jQuery Statement Syntax (03:40)
  • Demo: jQuery Statements (01:45)
  • jQuery Statement Syntax (00:28)
  • jQuery Utility Functions (01:25)
  • Global Namespace Intrusion (01:44)
  • jQuery noConflict() Utility Func (00:59)
  • Getting jQuery (01:48)
  • Loading the Library (01:53)
  • Summary (00:35)
jQuery Document Ready Handler (15:25)
  • Introduction (00:52)
  • Document-ready Handler (05:46)
  • Demo: Ready-Handlers (01:29)
  • Demo: In Action (03:00)
  • Method Chaining (01:31)
  • Extensibility and Plugins (02:18)
  • Summary (00:27)