Tackling jQuery

One of my goals for 2012 is to teach myself jQuery. To be brutally honest, I’m a total noob at writing jQuery. I’m a classic copy-and-paster. The depth of my skills with it is integrating something that’s already been written for me into WordPress, most commonly sliders and the like.

It’s time for me to start understanding what I’m working with. I’m feeling too much lately that my jQuery noobism is holding me back in my development. For some reason though, just looking at it doesn’t make sense to me the way HTML, CSS, and even PHP do. However, I’ve really never looked at it either.

The good news is I’ve collected a lot of resources on the subject, and I hear it’s pretty easy to get going. I’m not even going to attempt pure JavaScript though. Not for a while at least.

So I write this just to say that I’m going to learn. Maybe saying so here will help keep me accountable. I’m going to take some time to teach myself the fundamentals of jQuery just like I’ve done with WordPress and other things in the past.

Cheers to learning!

Below are some of the resources I’ve run across, and plan to use, that seem quite valuable. If you’ve got other recommendations, please do share them in the comments.

  • jQuery Fundamentals – a free ebook I continue to see pop up and is very computer friendly. This will be my primary resource.
  • jQuery for Designers – I’m not a designer, but this seems a like a nice collection of tutorials to go through, sorted ‘Easy’, ‘Medium’, and ‘Hard’.
  • A smashing list of jQuery tools and plugins – I’m not sure how useful this will be, but it’s a pretty big list of (mostly) jQuery powered stuff.
  • Codrops jQuery tutorials – This is one of my favorite sites to see jQuery in action. I’ll hopefully be able to use it as a resource of examples and walkthrough guides after I get my feet wet.
  • jQuery cheatsheet – Nice looking little cheatsheet to help me jump to the appropriate documentation.
  • The popular Learning jQuery site – conviently sorted by beginner level tutorials, oldest first.
  • jQuery API – Of course I’ll probably spend most of my time in the official documentation.
So who’s in my boat and wants to learn with me?

4 thoughts on “Tackling jQuery

  1. I’ve begun the same journey. I “enrolled” for the jQury class at http://www.codeschool.com/and can’t say enough good things about they way they go about their teaching. The quality, humor, and content of the video tutorials is the best I’ve seen. They way they create problems and you write the code in an editor, submit, and get points is awesome.

    With that said, I think you may need to know the very basics of jQuery. You can always give it a shot though. Good luck with your learnings!

    1. Codeschool looks really interesting. I’ve never seen that before. I noticed on their site they have a free introduction to jQuery course, so I’ll probably add that to my list. Thanks, Luke!

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