And know that if you ever get in over your head, you can always refer back to the official jQuery documentation to help get your bearings and clear up anything you are having an issue getting a grip on.
Getting Started With jQuery: The Tutorials
jQuery for Absolute Beginners is a wonderful series of 15 video tutorials that teach you exactly how to use the jQuery library starting with downloading the library and eventually working up to creating an AJAX style-switcher.
jQuery for Complete Beginners is a series of text tutorials aimed at teaching the jQuery library from scratch. This is a currently ongoing series with 4 parts already complete.
Simple Guide: How to Get Started with jQuery is a simple beginners guide that covers what jQuery is, some of the benefits of the library and takes you through writing your first simple script.
Introduction to jQuery is one of Chris Coyier’s outstanding screencasts providing a very basic introduction to including jQuery on your web page and getting started writing a few functions.
Marc Grabanski’s jQuery Essentials Slideshow is an extremely helpful, illustrated slideshow that will have you understanding the basics of jQuery in no time.
How jQuery Beginners can Test and Improve their Code offers some tips for optimizing your code by making small changes to significantly improve its readability and/or performance .
The Official jQuery Blog will keep you up to date on all things jQuery including details on new releases and how they improve the library.
The Learning jQuery blog offers jQuery tips, techniques and tutorials divided up into beginner, intermediate, and advanced categories. Though not a blog that updates frequently, it’s already a very large and useful resource.
jQuery for Designers is another site that publishes jQuery tutorials in every experience level. Only this site focuses specifically on applying web interactions using jQuery.
Visual jQuery is an interactive jQuery cheat sheet that provides a variety of sorting options with an in depth description for each element, many with examples.
jQuery HowTo is a blog with a collection of code snippets, tutorials, tips, and performance observations. This is another blog that doesn’t update often but has a vast backlog and quality content.
The jQuery Quick API Reference is a color coded and searchable jQuery cheat sheet that links directly to the official jQuery documentation for each element.
jQuery Tools : The Missing UI Library for the Web is a collection of the most important user-interface components for modern websites.
jQuery UI is an open source library of interface components built according to jQuery’s event-driven architecture (find something, manipulate it) and is themeable, making it easy for developers of any skill level to integrate and extend into their own code.
jQuery Plugins is a collection of just that, pretty much any kind of jQuery plugin you could hope to find. Complete with a forum for on the spot help when you need it.
jQuery: Novice to Ninja is an easy to follow guide that will teach you to master all of the major tricks and techniques that jQuery offers. And while their claims that you can learn it all within hours may seem a bit ambitious, it’s still a great read for beginners.
jQuery Fundamentals is a creative commons (ie free) online book that features an in depth lesson on jQuery as well as an extensive collection of examples.
jQuery in Action is a highly lauded book where you will learn how to traverse HTML documents, handle events, perform animations, and add Ajax to your web pages. This comprehensive guide also teaches you how jQuery interacts with other tools and frameworks and how to build jQuery plugins.
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