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Evaluating jQuery Learning Material

Addy Osmani
October 29, 2011

Evaluating jQuery Learning Material

There's a lot of great educational content on jQuery out there - some would say enough to get lost in. To help evaluate the good from the bad, I've put together what (in my opinion) are the important factors to consider when selecting your learning material in this talk.

Addy Osmani

October 29, 2011

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  1. Who is this for? • Beginners • Intermediate developers unsure

    of how to evaluate ‘stale’ learning material • Lecturers unsure of how to identify up-to- date resources for students
  2. Factors to consider • Date • jQuery version • Accuracy

    • Popularity • Medium • Credibility
  3. Date • Keep an eye out for author notes pointing

    to newer versions of material • Focus on learning resources that are recent • Avoid posts/screencasts older than 3 years • Favour resources that keep their content up-to-date
  4. Version Number Resources using older versions may not cite newer

    (potentially) better ways of accomplishing same tasks
  5. Version Number • Try sticking to resources using jQuery 1.4.2

    • 1.3.2 resources are fine for basic selection related reference • Ideally use resources citing 1.5.x - this came with a major rewrite of $.ajax() including support for Deferreds
  6. Popularity Anyone can create a top 30 list with a

    gazillion re-tweets. This doesn’t mean a resource is high in quality.
  7. Credibility Is the resource a ‘content-farm’ or there for educational

    purposes? Unique, well-researched content can be favourable.
  8. Credibility • Evaluate content on its merits rather than the

    author’s popularity or name • Be wary of resources that write a lot but say very little • Make sure the authors you rely on for educational content know what they’re talking about