7 jQuery Books for HTML, ASP.NET, PHP Developers and Designers

jQuery is one of the most popular JavaScript frameworks, and for a good reason. When I started learning jQuery, I always wondered how do I get started with it. I am sure this question ponders many! Although the web is full of learning resources, I always rely on buying and reading books to access new knowledge. This collection of jQuery books that I am sharing with you, have good reviews and are amongst the best jQuery books available in the market.  

Note: Some of the jQuery Books listed here target a previous version of jQuery. However except for some API changes, you can still use these books and do development using the latest version of jQuery 1.4.2. The books/ebooks listed here are in no particular order.

jQuery in Action, Second Edition


jQuery in Action, Second Edition is a fast-paced introduction and guide. It shows you how to traverse HTML documents, handle events, perform animations, and add Ajax to your web pages. This second edition includes numerous examples that show the latest best practices developed by the jQuery community. It provides full coverage of jQuery 1.4, along with a deeper look at the ever-expanding world of jQuery plug-ins.

jQuery Cookbook: Solutions & Examples for jQuery Developers


Ideal for newcomers and JavaScript veterans alike, jQuery Cookbook starts with the basics and then moves to practical use cases with tested solutions to common web development hurdles. You also get recipes on advanced topics, such as methods for applying jQuery to large projects. 

51 Recipes using jQuery and ASP.NET Controls


51 Recipes using jQuery and ASP.NET Controls is the first ebook of its kind that shows you how to use jQuery to solve some common and not-so-common client-side programming challenges while dealing with ASP.NET Controls. This EBook is the result of the authors practical experience of using jQuery with ASP.NET controls, all in the pursuit of demonstrating techniques to resolve Client-Side programming challenges, quickly. This ebook is available for only $14.99.

Pro PHP and jQuery


Pro PHP and jQuery is for intermediate programmers interested in building AJAX web applications using jQuery and PHP. Along with teaching some advanced PHP techniques, it will teach you how to take your dynamic applications to the next level by adding a JavaScript layer with jQuery.

Learning jQuery 1.3


Although based on an older version of jQuery, this book teaches you the basics of jQuery for adding interactions and animations to your pages. Even if previous attempts at writing JavaScript have left you baffled, this book will guide you past the pitfalls associated with AJAX, events, effects, and advanced JavaScript language features.

jQuery 1.3 with PHP


jQuery 1.3 with PHP shows you how to use jQuery to enhance your PHP applications, with many examples using jQuery’s user interface library jQuery UI, and other examples using popular jQuery plug-ins. It will help you to add exciting user interface features to liven up your PHP applications without having to become a master of client-side JavaScript. This book is not for novice jQuery Developers.

jQuery Fundamentals 

The purpose of this free ebook is to provide an overview of the jQuery JavaScript library; when you’re done with the book, you should be able to complete basic tasks using jQuery, and have a solid basis from which to continue your learning. This book was designed as material to be used in a classroom setting, but you may find it useful for individual study. This ebook is available for free.

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About the Author: Minal is a freelance web and graphics designer. She specializes in designing Logos, Stationery, Graphics and Icons as well as website templates using graphical tools like Photoshop, Illustrator and Expression Web. Twitter @saffronstroke

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  1. I would recommend Learning jQuery 1.4 instead of 1.3.

    Also this list is missing jQuery Enlightenment ebook by Cody Lindley http://jqueryenlightenment.com It’s one of the best ebooks on jQuery that allows you to click a link and play with the example that is being shown.

    By the way Chapter 3 of the jQuery Cookbook is the best 😉


    • Minal says:

      Thanks Ralph for letting me know about jquery enlightenment. Is Learning jQuery 1.4 out yet. I thought they had released only the 1.4 reference guide.

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  6. Alexander DiMauro says:

    I own the top two on your list, and agree. They are both good books. I’m also a fan of the book jQuery: Novice to Ninja from Sitepoint.

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    Thanks so much for posting this awesome content! Looking forward to reading more blogs.

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