For those who have read my WordPress and Ajax book, you’ll know that I get pretty involved with jQuery throughout. I have a basic chapter on jQuery, but for those who want to know more, I recommend jQuery Fundamentals (a free resource).

From their site:

jQuery is fast becoming a must-have skill for front-end developers. The purpose of this book 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.

Source: jQuery Fundamentals

6 Responses to “jQuery Fundamentals”

  1. Ash June 11, 2011 at 12:19 am #

    I think its great you want to give back to the community, but I think its very unfair and unethical of you to have not informed those of us who purchased the book that what we were doing was financing a reputation building charity for you.

    We should have been told upfront that your intention was to sell the book to break even and then give it away. You should have given us the choice as to whether or not we wanted to fund this charity event.

    Here you are getting all this great rep but those of us who financed this reputation building charity of yours did so unknowingly and without our permission and we get an anonymous thank you at best? I feel very taken advantage of right now.

    I am leaving this comment here because every other method I have tried to reach you has resulted in a bounced back email or going to a 3rd party like wp-questions instead of a direct connection to you – the guy that I paid.

  2. Ronald Huereca June 11, 2011 at 12:43 am #

    Ash,

    I’m sorry you feel that way. I have refunded your purchase amount.

    It was never my intention from the start to give this away. If that were the case, I would have never even wrote it.

    The book, in all honesty, hasn’t sold as much as I would’ve hoped. It just broke even a few months ago. Rather than let it stagnate and not be read, I decided to release it.

    Had the book not broke even, there would have been a very likely chance I would’ve just shelved the book altogether (ie., take the site down).

    Releasing the book publicly is the lesser of two evils.

  3. Ash June 11, 2011 at 1:19 am #

    A refund isn’t necessary. I love the book and have actually purchased a couple of copies for myself and for staff. I don’t regret my purchases.

    But if your going to give something away that we financed, something that will do wonders for your rep and something that your listing 4 big players names on:

    VG Universe Design
    WebDesign.com
    WebDevStudios
    WPCandy

    All of whom get the associated traffic and rep bump that provides

    You could at least take the time to generate a list of names of all of the rest of us who financed the thing – doesn’t even have to be a link! Rather than a blanket, impersonal thank you.

    I mean basically we all just financed the open sourcing of the book. Some form of acknowledgement that we financed this would have been nice. After all with Open Source credit is currency.

    Regarding the lack of sales. Did you spend any money on marketing the book? I haven’t seen many ads around for it. What about affiliates? Maybe there are still some options you can explore before you throw in the towel?

    • Ronald June 11, 2011 at 1:25 am #

      Thanks Ash,

      There’s privacy concerns with that approach, so it’ll have to be opt-in.

      I’ll send out a newsletter tomorrow and ask who would like to be listed. Great idea.

  4. Ash June 11, 2011 at 1:26 am #

    I didn’t think about the privacy issue, but yes, your right. Opt-in is a good idea.

  5. Dave October 16, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    I have no beef at all with you making the book free. I got my money’s worth inside the 10 minutes reading it.

    But I do wish you would have answered any of the several emails I sent you. I believe I could have sold at least a few more for you.

    Personally, having sold an ebook or two myself, I believe this is a longevity game. If you were so inclined to update the book for Edition 2, I’d seriously consider promoting it as a direct sale.