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Book Review: Instant jQuery UI Starter

Books in the PacktPub Instant series aim to provide "short, fast, focused guide delivering immediate results". I found the last two jQuery-related "Instant" books I read very useful as they covered the essentials in less than 50 pages. When I received a review copy of the book Instant jQuery UI Starter by Jesse Boyer, I expected it to be in the same league as the earlier books but it fell short.

jQuery UI, built on top of the jQuery JavaScript Library, simplifies the life of web developers. The elements of the jQuery UI Library are divided into four sections - Interactions, Utilities, Widgets, Effects.

This book provides a casual introduction to jQuery UI which is a vast, continuously evolving topic.

Unlike the other two "Instant" mini-books, I found the content of this to be fluffy and too verbose. Call it nit-picking but the author's choice of words was a little odd at some places ("Let's unpackage the file","unminified file", ".NET driven website"). There could have been more screen-shots to make it easier to follow along.

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