Mr Speaker

Book review: “jQuery: Novice to Ninja”

jQuery: Novice to NinjaI just finished reading "jQuery: Novice to Ninja" by Earle Castledine & Craig Sharkie, and I have to say - it was as delightful as it was disturbing: without a doubt it is this year's must-read sleeper hit. The authors excel in propelling the reader on an epic personal journey that immerses them in the sights, sounds, and smells of jQuery 1.4. Long after the last page has been turned, and the powerful electric sparks of wonder subside... a feeling of gentle tranquility and wisdom remain. And we get $2 a copy.

The book opens with what we might assume to be the present day. A sense of tension and foreboding seeps from the text as we are introduced to the perils and dangers of cross-browser Web development. A likeable and handsome protagonist - the reader - emerges from darkness and attempts to harness the powers of jQuery to overcome these obstacles. By the end of the piece, our hero has changed: the naivety and timidness replaced with a quiet strength - an enchanting energy that knows no boundaries.

At least, that's what I got out of it. If you wanted to ignore the sub-text then I guess you'd just say it was a kick-ass jQuery book.

I'll conclude this review by saying that it is possibly the most important work released in the last 500 years, and leave you with an appropriate quote from Australian television personality, John Safran:

If you're not writing your own reviews, then you don't deserve to be famous.


  1. A gentleman *and* a scholar, my, my!

    Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Permalink
  2. $2 a copy! You must have had a good literary agent.

    Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Permalink
  3. Nah. But if I had of put the REAL amount then that sentence would have lost it’s punchy zing, and just sounded sad.

    Friday, February 26, 2010 at 7:13 am | Permalink
  4. Mr Speaker (Earle)

    Awsome stuff on the book! Also congrats on the engagement :-)

    When you coming back to hicksville WA?

    Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Permalink
  5. Hey Earle

    I want to buy your book but I dont want to wait the 983749729843 days for shipping.

    Can I buy a copy off you personally?

    Friday, March 5, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Permalink
  6. Nice one. One is on it’s way to me now…

    Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 8:37 am | Permalink
  7. I got it of amazon! Looking at it right now!

    Friday, March 12, 2010 at 5:42 am | Permalink
  8. The captcha took the words out of my mouth (it asked me to type ‘lolz’)


    I’m reading it at the moment and I can already feel the change taking place inside. I feel compelled to back-flip out of bed in the morning, and kung-fu schlap the kettle switch, before running through the bathroom wall into the shower (my housemates are getting pretty tired of all this ninja behaviour, but I just corkscrew kick them in the FACE and they tend to pipe down).

    Great book Mr Speaker, thank you sir.


    Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Permalink
  9. Mr Speaker, the book sounds good and im on the verge… but… all the other books on Amazon let me look at their TOC.

    Any chance of doing that or sending me a copy of them?


    Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 4:50 am | Permalink
  10. Im lookin at buying your book, but cant see the TOC on Amazon. Can you send to me?


    Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 4:51 am | Permalink
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