Want to learn jQuery?
Learning jQuery does not have to be difficult as long as you amass the right tools to explain the process in a way that makes it easy for you to understand. Below are ten sites related to teaching jQuery. The reason for ten is because we all learn different ways so one might work better for you than another. Additionally, if you go through each of them you might pick up something from each making for a full-rounded experience. They are listed in the order of their Alexa traffic rating which indicates how popular each is with the public at large. Most are free online lessons and tools which might be the way to start out and then get into a premium, paid course for refinement of your skills later.
Global Alexa Rating: 160
Global Alexa Rating: 577
Global Alexa Rating: 630
This course is designed to make you a jQuery pro in 30 days with just 15 to 30 minutes a day committed to the task. That’s not to say that students can’t go along quicker and even do all 9 to 10 hours at one sitting. All the lessons are shown both in video form and written out so a student can grasp the content in whichever format they prefer. Most students will benefit from both since the video offers a visual example of what is being learned. The course is laid out with the following categories: Introduction, Basics, Effects, Utilities, Custom Events, AJAX, Plugin Development and Exit. The course is taught by Jeffrey Way, a web developer.
Global Alexa Rating: 3,523
Global Alexa Rating: 6,681
Global Alexa Rating: 37,752
This site is set up with a number of tutorials which can be quickly located through a search or filtered by Easy, Medium and Hard. This makes this website an essential tool for those wanting to know a specific task such as fixed floating elements, event delegation, using Ajax to validate forms or image cross fade transition. Probably not the most helpful for the beginner but will become quite a favorite down the road. Each lesson includes a tutorial, demo and view code as well as comments by past students. If you don’t see what you are looking for you can select “Request a tutorial” at the bottom to let them know what you would like to see in the future.
Global Alexa Rating: 140,950
Global Alexa Rating: 231,713
This is a blog with articles going back to 2008 discussing various things to do with jQuery. Though this is not a course per se it can be a great tool. Various keywords are listed along the right side so one can get to blogs they desire whether that is beginner, DOM, CSS, firebug or more. There are tutorials sprinkled through the site. This site currently has over 18,000 twitter followers, over 9,000 Facebook fans and over 4,000 RSS subscribers. They don’t add blogs all that often – just 22 in 2013 for example so once someone has read all the blogs present they can just check back every couple months for new content or follow on google+ Though not the place to learn jQuery from beginning to end, it can be a great resource just the same.
Global Alexa Rating: 258,791
Global Alexa Rating: 512,982
This site is full of individual tutorials with some set up as a 15 day plan of action. The site could stand to be a bit more organized but students can easily use the search feature to locate a specific topic of interest. Best way to utilize the site is to go through the 15 days and then wander around the tutorials from the main page. A nice feature is that students can make comments on the lessons and those comments can often be quite helpful themselves. This site will probably serve more as a tool than a way to initially learn jQuery.
The best way to learn is to get building something so any of these sites can help a student get over that first few moments of intrepedation and pull up their sleeves and get to it. jQuery is rising in popularity so it is an important tool to add to your knowledge base. Use a couple of these sites or use them all – since most will only take a few hours of your time keep going until you feel you have it down.