A reader recently requested an update of this article, originally published in March 2010. Have to agree that it was about time! I just replaced most of the books and hope it provides more timely advice now. Please let me know in a comment, if a good book was left out.
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by David Sawyer McFarland
3. jQuery Pocket Reference (2011)
by David Flanagan
David Flanagan is a popular and very active author on various programming languages and typically you’ll get a good read. The jQuery Pocket Reference may sound like a simple reference, but in fact it is a good book jQuery beginners to understand the framework and get started with some hands-on examples. For experienced programmers it is also a good chance to really understand the potential and internal workings of jQuery. Problem with jQuery is that it is so easy to use that many skilled programmers start using it and the many great plugins without really diving into the details.
4. Learning jQuery, Third Edition (2011)
by Jonathan Chaffer
by Douglas Crockford
by Stoyan Stefanov