2 Web Development eBooks to Give Away!

 

Why the Giveaway?

What is the occasion for such a giveaway you may ask; well it happens that this post will be my 100th post exactly! As well as this it has been pretty much been a year since I started sharing my knowledge with you, my readers!

It has been a hard journey at times, as most of you fellow bloggers can understand. A great deal of effort is put into promoting and writing the best content possible. This blog has evolved from originally having custom programming, to eventually moving to a more scalable WordPress with a ton of features already built-in.

Get to the point, what are we getting?!

Today I have for you two eBooks courtesy of my friends at Packt Publishing. The 2 eBooks you could get your hands on are:

jQuery UI 1.6WordPress Plugin Development: Beginner's Guide

How do you get your hands on a copy?

All you have to do to have a chance at winning is leave a comment below stating which book you would like as well as a quick tip about either WordPress or jQuery. The winners will be announced in a week or two and will be chosen at random.

Note: Please leave a valid email as I will contact you here if you happen to win.

What else can I do?

As always please subscribe to the RSS Feed as this is a measuring tool for the success of this blog.

Thanks to you my loyal readers, and let the winning begin!

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Written by Brenley Dueck

 

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101 Responses to “2 Web Development eBooks to Give Away!”

  1. Marko Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 9:56 am

    I would love to get one jQuery UI 1.6: The User Interface Library for jQuery. Thanks a lot!

  2. Saro Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Yea, me too the jQuery UI 1.6.

    A tip for wordpress is to use search-plugins or a other search engine. Because the one of WordPress isn’t that good.

  3. e.e Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 10:37 am

    jQuery UI 1.6 please…

  4. Steve Robillard Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 10:42 am

    I would love to receive the jQuery UI book

    my tip load the jQuery library from Google’s CDN it will improve performance through caching and serving it from a location closer to your user (in most cases).

  5. Pragnesh Patel Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 10:49 am

    I want JqueryUi please

    Thanks

  6. Mike Dedmon Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 10:51 am

    I’d love the jQuery UI book! Thanks

  7. sven Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:20 am

    for me, the Jquery Ui book please.
    thank you

  8. Kevin May Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Ooo jQuery goodness, would be a nice book to have :P

  9. José Maria Barros Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:20 am

    i would enjoy to get my hands on the jQuery UI book!

    Thank you

  10. NuFuture Media Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:21 am

    I would love a copy. :)

  11. Branden Silva Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:21 am

    jQuery UI 1.6!

    A tip for jQuery would be to compact/compress the file so it takes less bits for your users to download.

  12. Yashh Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Jquery UI 1.6 plzz. THank you

  13. Matt Radel Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Congrats on the 100th post! I’d take a copy of the jQuery book, pretty please… ;)

  14. Tim Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    jQuery please.

  15. adobi Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:23 am

    i would like to get jQuery UI

  16. Rafie Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:23 am

    jQuery book please :)

    Tips:

    1. Load the jQuery library from the Google server :)
    2. Never stop trying something new.

  17. guile Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:25 am

    WordPress would be nice :)

  18. Amir Seibert Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:25 am

    I would like to get the WordPress plugins book.

    My tip is:

    When you start a fresh install, always first open all the menus up, for you to see all the sub menus.

    Amir.

  19. Joel Vardy Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:25 am

    I would love the jQuery book

  20. Rob MacKay Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:26 am

    I would love the jQuery one very much – it would help me endlessly.

    My Tip: Add a Simple “Tweet This” Link

    Add this somewhere within your loop on the single page – normally at the bottom ;)

    I hope this works btw… lol

    <a href="http://twitter.com/home?status=I am reading " title="Tweet This!" target="_blank">Tweet this page!

  21. NuFuture Media Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:26 am

    I would love a copy of jQuery UI book! :) Here’s why:

    I have Jquery on my blog site… and didn’t realized it. :( I want to see what this hoopla is about! How I found out? I used Wappalyzer a Firefox plugin.

    As much as I would love WordPress plug-in book, I would like to know whay JQuery is so powerful.

  22. John McSwain Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:27 am

    I would like the jQuery UI book. Not sure what tip I can leave other than Google Ajax Library API supports loading in the jQuery UI 1.7 version

    john

  23. Sean O Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Shortcut the document.ready jQuery init code:

    $(function(){
    // your code here
    });

    The jQuery UI book would be nice.
    And go get v1.7 – released today:
    http://jqueryui.com/

  24. srilatha Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:29 am

    addClass add a class to the any chosen div element. Pretty useful function. And I would love to have Jquery UI book.

  25. Marcus Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    I´d like to get the jQuery UI eBook! Thank you

  26. James Madson Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:31 am

    I could really use a book to help me with my jQuery!

    jQuery UI 1.6: The User Interface Library for jQuery by Dan Wellman

    Thanks!

  27. Khaled Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:33 am

    WordPress Plugin Development, I really want to learn about WP plugin development in details

  28. Jamie McDonald Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:34 am

    I’d like the JQuery UI book!

    My best jQuery tip is to use it, but since that’s a bit rubbish here’s a nice little jQuery tutorial I wrote which utilizes the flip plugin: http://progtuts.info/241/javascript-jquery-flip/

  29. Webstractions Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:35 am

    I would like a copy of the WP Plugin book.

    My quicktip is an undocumented WP function, wp_reset_query() which can un-bork the conditional tags when using query_posts().

    More info here.

  30. nikki Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Im afraid I don’t have any tips as i have just started reading up on jquery and am very excited at learning a new skill so this book would come in extremely useful.

    thanks

  31. Eric Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:37 am

    I would love the JQuery book! :)

    Tip: Been said above, but can’t be stressed enough: Link to Google’s version of JQuery like this:

  32. Eric Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:38 am

    whoops, code didnt make it:

    script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jqueryui/1.7.0/jquery-ui.min.js”></script

  33. Sascha Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Would love to get WordPress Plugin Development: Beginner’s Guide.
    My tip is for wordpress: Install http://deanjrobinson.com/projects/fluency-admin/ and get a nice clean admin backend.

    Sascha

  34. Nick Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:38 am

    WordPress Plugin Development, I have a few plugin ideas and could really benefit from this book.

    The plugin “flutter” is a great plugin that helps to customize the Post forms for different types of content.

  35. Patrick Simon Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:39 am

    I want to have the Jquery Ebook.

    A Tip for Jquery is using the no Conflict Mode, if you are using another Javascript Library together with JQuery

  36. Nic Brownlee Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:42 am

    jQuery UI 1.6 is the one for me pleeeeeeze !

  37. mdrisser Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:44 am

    I’d love the WordPress book :)

    jQuery/jQuery UI tip: put all of your scripts into one file and use JSMin on it. Speeds page loading dramatically.

  38. Kendomonkey Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:47 am

    jQuery is one of the simplest ways to deploy personalised AJAX applications.

    I’m just learning how to use jQuery, love writing javascript and finding it so much quicker to use this tool!

  39. Dan McGuire Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:47 am

    I’d like the JQuery book.

    Tip: When tagging a post on wordpress try to use tags that will be used again in other posts. Tags are used so users can view similar posts that may interest them. If you’re only going to have one post with that tag then there’s little point in it.

  40. Benjamin Reid Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:49 am

    jQuery book please!

    My WordPress tip is:

    If you are using any template tags that don’t have content that has regular changes, look at the generated source code and replace the template tag with the code it generates to reduce the number of attempts WP uses to get information from the database.

  41. Drew Douglass Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Hiya Brenelz,

    I would love to get my hands on the ‘WordPress Plugin Development: Beginner’s Guide’ seeing as I am somewhat of a WordPress addict. I have recently gotten into developing wp plugins so it would be helpful :)

    Good luck everyone!

    -Drew

  42. TJ Kirchner Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:59 am

    I’d really like the jQuery book :) I want to learn jQuery and this would be a very helpful! But I won’t turn away the WordPress Plugin dev book if I win that instead :D

    My jQuery tip is actually a jQuery plugin that I’ve used in the past and has helped me tremendously. Its called jQuery Lightbox (http://leandrovieira.com/projects/jquery/lightbox/). You can use it to display dynamic pop-ups of images or slideshows of images.

    My WordPress tip is a free service I recently found online called Dial2Do.com Fans of Utterli will love this. You can dial this number and dictate commands and messages to the machine, which will then, in turn, interpret it, type it out and send it to a service or address of your choice. You can dictate emails, IMs, tweets, and (here it is) wordpress blog posts. You can even create your own commands where Dial2Do will read back to you an RSS feed or send your message to a URL you specified.

    Hope these are helpful and that I win the contest :D

  43. Thomas Schaaf Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    I would love the book WordPress Plugin Development: Beginner’s Guide by Vladimir Prelovac the best tip I can give for programming in general is ask questions. And if you want to get qualified answers ask at stackoverflow.com since its a service just for developers. Another tip would be if you are on experts exchange scroll to the bottom!

  44. Roberto Miguez Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    I would love to get one jQuery UI 1.6: The User Interface Library for jQuery. Thanks a lot!

  45. Jeremy Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    I would like them both, but WordPress Plugin might be more applicable for me.

    My tip for WP, avoid hard coding things like search into your theme, use sidebars when possible!

  46. Valentin Bora Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    I would like the jQuery book.
    Quick tip: use progressive enhancement and graceful degradation whenever possible! Improve your user’s experience.

  47. don Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    would love the wordpress book WordPress Plugin Development: Beginner’s Guide by Vladimir Prelovac

  48. shane sponagle Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Both books are making me drool. But if I have to focus on one it is the jQuery UI. I can’t get enough of the UI :)

    Tip: Streamline your UI application by only including the necessary components for the task at hand.

  49. Juarez P. A. Filho Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Hey there,

    WordPress book for me please. Actually I use wordpress a lot.

    Best regards for all.

  50. J Herman Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Hi there, I’d love the WordPress book please. Many many thanks!

  51. Tim Whitacre Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    I could really use the WordPress Book!!

    Tip :: When working with a plugin and needing to access the database, WordPress has created a class for that. All you have to do is to use “global $wpdb;” to access the info.

  52. Meshach Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    I would like the WordPress plugin book please.

    My quick tip for WordPress:

    As a security measure you should change the default admin username to something secret, then use a different username for admin, if your name is ever compromised, you still have the original.

    Make sense? Good.

  53. aldrin Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    hi there, i hope you can send to me this two ebooks.. thanks

  54. Ronny-André Bendiksen Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    I would like the jQuery 1.6 book if I should win!

    My tip is to use links as a sideblog:
    - Link title: Sideblog entry title
    - Link description: Sideblog entry content
    - Link URL: Direct link to the source.

    This way you can have a simple sideblog with one-line comments. You can also use a website thumbnail service, like I have done: http://ronny-andre.no/sideblogg/

  55. Joren Rapini Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    I would love the jquery book as well. My tip is to load the jquery library through Google, so that the chances of it being cached on the user’s computer already is more common!

  56. FayeC Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Both would be very useful :)
    Appreciate the giveaway.

    Thanks,

    FayeC

  57. Crysfel Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    jQuery Please :D

  58. Kelsey Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    I would LOVE either book.. If I had to choose, I’d say the jQuery UI one.

    tip: It’s a good idea to use jQuery to mark all outgoing links with a special symbol.

    thank for this opportunity!! =)

  59. ChuckTrukk Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    To have forms work similar to wufoo (highlighting sections). Wrap your sets of fields in li.

    Then use this code:

    $(document).ready(function() {

    $(‘form li’).click(function(e) {
    $(‘form li’).removeClass(‘highlight’);
    $(this).addClass(‘highlight’);
    e.stopPropagation();
    });

    $(‘body’).click(function() {
    $(‘form li’).removeClass(‘highlight’);
    });

    });

    When you click on an input, it’s section gets focus with a class of highlight. When you click somewhere else in the document, the highlight class is removed.

    I would love the jqueryUI book.

  60. shane sponagle Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    I’m liking all the great tips on this post. Will need to bookmark this one :)

  61. einsteinsboi Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Very nice, I have both books, so just wanted to give a shout out and say great work on the blog and the book giveaway! Some awesome tips here!!

  62. Robert Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Wow, what a tough choice! but if i really have to make a choice I’ll choose the WordPress book.

    Thanks

  63. hernan Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    GOOD!!
    jQuery UI 1.6 please

  64. David Crisler Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    I am jonesing for a copy of the jQuery UI book.

    My tip about jquery is to get to know some of the built in jquery methods like the toggle command.

  65. Craw Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    jQuery Please ! ^^

  66. dev Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    JQuery book

  67. Muhammad Adnan Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    its a good way to promote the blog .
    nice , i need the books !
    thanks

  68. Jafar Says:

    March 7th, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Two days ago I went to buy the WordPress ebook but I didn’t. I really need WordPress plug-in development.

    Thanks for the giveaway

  69. Isaac Van Name Says:

    March 7th, 2009 at 12:04 am

    I’d like to be in the running for the jQuery book. My tip: Use Javascript unless you have something that the robust jQuery include will justify making easier; most things can be done in Javascript relatively painlessly.

  70. Casey McLaughlin Says:

    March 7th, 2009 at 2:04 am

    JQuery please, I’m working on a content management system and would love to add JQuery to the cooking pot and a book will do just the trick :P

  71. mg Says:

    March 7th, 2009 at 7:27 am

    jquery ui

  72. Jay Says:

    March 7th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    I’ll love to have the “WordPress Plugin Development: Beginner’s Guide by Vladimir Prelovac”

  73. Jorge Mudry Says:

    March 7th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I want the “WordPress Plugin Development” book! =).

    In wordpress modifies the way in which the titles are shown to improve seo

  74. Brian Findlay Says:

    March 8th, 2009 at 9:39 am

    I would love a copy of the jQuery UI book.

    As for a tip, I find when writing plugins using the following closure is excellent, especially if you need to run jQuery in compatibility mode. Inside the closure, the $ will always refer to the jQuery object, even if you’re using another JS framework in your application (such as Prototype):

    (function($) {
    //plugin code
    })(jQuery);

  75. Yash Aggarwal Says:

    March 8th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    WordPress Tip – After you install a theme, the first thing you should do is compress the CSS (I find most themes don’t have their css compressed), and change the database queries to static items.
    (e.g. can be changed to – Your Blog Title! )

  76. Martin Vrkljan Says:

    March 8th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Hi! I’d like a copy of the jQuery UI book. :)

  77. ian graham Says:

    March 8th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    I’d like one too please :)

  78. Mika Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 2:57 am

    I would like to get thejQuery UI 1.6: The User Interface Library for jQuery. Thanks.

  79. stygyan Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 11:17 am

    If I don’t learn jQuery in the next month, my boyfriend is going to give me hell. sudo give me the jquery book.

  80. Rob Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 11:36 am

    jQuery Please! Tip: To avoid some headaches, debug in Firefox with Firebug, Firecookie, Web Developer, and Javascript Debugger.

  81. Brian Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 11:45 am

    jQuery Please.

    Tip: Namespace your js code! Makes it easier to read and maintain :)

  82. john gibby Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 11:50 am

    i’d like the jQuery book. my reasoning is the same as my tip:

    *tip*
    Don’t use jQuery if you don’t know it because you will run into problems that you will not be able to fix.

  83. Max Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 11:54 am

    jQuery

    Tip: improve knowledge of javascript

  84. Sam Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    jQuery

    Tip: If you’re in a Microsoft shop, you can get jQuery intellisense by downloading the *.vsdoc.js, located next to the rest of the jQuery downloads.

  85. mt Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    i’m interested in the plugin development book

    quick tip: disable post-revisions in wp-config.php with define(‘WP_POST_REVISIONS’, false );

  86. Zach Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    jQuery, please.

  87. Ajay Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    I’d love to have the jQuery book.

    My tip:

    Install WP-Super-Cache on your blog since it really takes the load of your servers.

    Also, make sure that any plugins you use for tracking statistics, related posts etc are compatible with WP-Super-Cache

  88. JC Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    jQuery, please.

  89. masukomi Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    3 Tips about wordpress:
    1) WordPress.com’s stats suck. Google Analytics are seriously limited, even though people rave about the, Mint ( http://www.haveamint.com/ ) however gives you a really good look at your site, and appears to be easy to extend. The WordPress part of this tip is that there’s a “pepper” (plug-in) for Mint that lets you track the subscriptions to your wordpress feeds as well as the articles people are reading on them. If you’re happy with Feedburner there’s a pepper that’ll let you see those stats alongside your normal stats in mint. Also there’s a pepper (or two) that’ll let you track return visitors by name (once they give it to you in a comment or something).
    2) turn on askimet spam blocking if you haven’t already. It’s excellent.
    3) Install the Raw HTML plugin ( http://w-shadow.com/blog/2007/12/13/raw-html-in-wordpress/ ) because you’re going to need it sooner or later.

    And if I were chosen I’d happily accept the jQuery book.

  90. Julian Young Says:

    March 10th, 2009 at 6:00 am

    OMG yes please! This would be awesome!

  91. Julian Young Says:

    March 10th, 2009 at 6:07 am

    Ahh ok which book and a tip as well eh? I would love to get a copy of Jquery UI! My Jquery tip is this…

    Javascript confirmation boxes don’t quite fit in as easily when using Jquery. Imagine you want to delete something for example. Pop over to http://nadiana.com/jquery-confirm-plugin and download her confirmation plugin to make life easier!

  92. Raj Says:

    March 10th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    It would be great if i could get a copy!

  93. Craig Says:

    March 10th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    I would actually read the book and understand it.

    Thanks!

  94. Alex Says:

    March 10th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Probably the most heard tip but the one that doesn’t get through: use google to host jquery – chances are they already have it cached.

    I would love either book! So if I win, give the other winner their choice! Thank you!

  95. Hassan Says:

    March 11th, 2009 at 9:16 am

    I’m not interested in any of them. Thanks! :)

  96. Sarah Says:

    March 12th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    I’d love the WordPress book! My favorite WP tip is to try to learn a little bit about PHP before you start a custom theme- it’s not absolutely necessary, but it makes things a lot easier!

  97. Nathan Sarlow Says:

    March 12th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    I’ve used jQuery in my site but my only advice would be to get someone to help you who knows what they’re doing.

    I know nothing about WordPress so I can’t give advice, so I’d like WordPress Plugin Development: Beginner’s Guide to help get me going.

    Thanks!

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  99. Gerardo Jaramillo Says:

    March 13th, 2009 at 11:36 am

    WordPress Please!!!!

    I want to start making templates por wordpress

  100. TeresaLea Says:

    March 13th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    I would LOVE the WORDPRESS BOOK!
    I am a baby web designer – every day I learn SO much to make my life easier. Most recently I learned a FABULOUS new tip for wordpress.

    If you are like me and know mostly HTML and CSS – the php involved with wordpress can sometimes be confusing. You look at the source code from the site and have no clue how to make things look like you want in the actual file!

    If you didn’t already know, the php in the file is dynamically generating the html – I know, too complicated for me too… I’m no programmer.

    BUT! If you use your fireftp to see what CSS class or id is controlling the div that the php script is running, you can make any part of that page adapt just the way you know how!

    I know i sound way too excited, but it took me entirely too long to figure this out, there has to be someone else out there as flighty as me :)

    Create a custom.css and work your skillz to make that php page beautimous! The thesis theme does a spectacular job of making this process work to perfection.

    Good luck and happy wordpressing :)

  101. Jimmy Says:

    March 13th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    WordPress Plugin Development Book

    For jQuery or any Javascript files, use the YUI compressor to minify your files for quicker downloading! It works a lot better than other minifiers out there.

 
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