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jQuery jAM, Season 4

jQuery jAM is our virtual self-study group for beginners. In Season 4 we will continue with the basics and learn both JavaScript and jQuery from the ground up. Come along for the ride and invite your friends and co-workers to join in the fun.

NOTE: Tentative plans are to offer an advanced Season 5 in the fall of 2014 focusing on a JavaScript framework (Backbone,js, Angular.js, Knockout.js, Ember.js, etc.).  See BAKE: Four JavaScript Frameworks for additional information.

The format of a virtual self-study group is as follows:

• Each participant purchases the same textbook: jQuery and JavaScript in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself  (available in the Boston PHP Store).

• Each participant commits to reading one to two chapters per week, completing the exercises and posting links to your completed work.

• Each participant obtains assistance by posting questions to a discussion area set up on the Message Board for each chapter.

• Each participant who completes the book is recognized on the Self-Study Group | Wall of Accomplishment.

Note: There is no classroom instruction. There are no webcasts. There are no scheduled appointments of any kind. Once you have the book, you simply proceed at a pace that best fits into your current work/life schedule.  You will receive weekly e-mail updates.  You also have the option to meet informally at the beginning of each Boston PHP Meetup or even set up a real life self-study group with others in your neighborhood.

How do I get started?

• Become a member of Boston PHP if you are not already a member. Simply click: Join us!

• Register for jQuery jAM, Season 4. Simply RSVP: Yes

• Purchase a book (the only program cost). Simply visit the Boston PHP Store and order jQuery and JavaScript in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself  in softcover format.

Full disclosure: Boston PHP Meetup receives a small commission on each sale which helps fund Meetup activities.  You are not required to purchase the book through our bookstore.

When your book arrives, start your virtual learning by reading one chapter at a time, completing the exercises and posting a link to your completed work.


Q: How long will the course last?

A: We will cover all 24 chapters in the book.  The chapters are relatively short, so we will target two chapters per week starting Sunday, February 9 and ending Saturday, May 3. Refer to the jQuery jAM, Season 4 -- Master Discussion List for specific dates.

Q: Two chapters per week sounds ambitious.  Can I work at a slower pace?

A: The beauty of our self-study group model is that you can work at whatever pace makes sense for your current work/life situation.  Targeting one chapter per week will mean working into the summer months of June and July and we will support your efforts throughout the next 24 weeks.

Q: Do I have to wait until Sunday, February 9 to begin?

A: No need to wait! Feel free to begin by reading the Introduction once you obtain a copy of your book. Then, proceed at a pace that best fits your current work/life schedule.

Q: Do I have to live in Boston to participate?

A: Not at all.  This program is virtual.  We have successful graduates from many states and even have graduates from countries in Europe and Africa.

Q: Are there any additional resources I can use?

A: A jQuery jAM website has been developed by members of Boston PHP Meetup to provide additional resources. Twitter and Facebook pages have also been set up to offer value-added content.

Q: What if I have additional questions?

A: Simply post a reply below and you will receive a response.

Let's start jAMmin'!

Gene Babon
Chief Percolator

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  • Gene B.

    As mentioned in my final update for Season 4 ...

    ... I would like to offer a JavaScript Framework for our Season 5 virtual self study group (probably Backbone). If you are curious about these Frameworks consider joining the Boston Front End Developers Meetup and signing up for ...

    JavaScript Framework Potpourri

    The following four frameworks will be reviewed: Backbone, Ember, Angular, and React

    See you there.

    June 4, 2014

  • Ken H.

    This is probably going to be a good review, if it's basic, but I always need reviews!

    1 · February 7, 2014

    • Ken H.

      I was just looking at this comment I made - it is somewhat of a review, but many new things were covered. And the structure of the book (plus my own "extras" that I'm adding to the exercises) have made it very interesting! Just getting into Hour 21 - of course, it's been a lot more than 20 hours overall. Wish I kept track of the time that I put into this!

      1 · April 30, 2014

  • Sunday O.

    I really I enjoyed this Jquery Jam season 4. I want to appreciate the most high God for given me the opportunity to participate in this group, my heartfelt gratitude also go to our chief organizer Gene Babon for taken time to read through our work, may God bless you richly.Amen.

    4 · April 30, 2014

  • David P.

    Thumbing through Effortless E-Commerce by Larry Ullman....Deep Detailed TextBook....

    1 · March 5, 2014

  • albert m.

    Just getting started. I've been hunting around but can't determine where I can download files/images...
    E.g. (images/air.png).

    1 · February 12, 2014

    • David P.


      2 · February 12, 2014

  • Nwosu C.

    Gene just ordered mine couldn't oder the kindle version amazon said is not available for Africa. I ordered the paper back version and will take 2-3 weeks to get here.

    1 · February 4, 2014

    • Gene B.

      @Nwosu -- We have plenty of time -- 12 to 24 weeks depending on how much time you are willing to commit. So, you will only be a week or two behind once we get started. Hang in there. You can get caught up.

      February 4, 2014

  • Betsy M.

    I have the book. Now, what happens at noon on Sunday, Feb 9?

    1 · February 1, 2014

    • Gene B.

      Nothing happens at noon on February 9. February 9 begins at 12:00 am. You can begin on February 9 -- at any time -- if you like. Some jammers have already stated posting their work. Once you read the intro, post a message in the Introduction area. You can find a Master List of all discussions here ...­

      February 1, 2014

  • Betsy M.

    Still waiting for my book! Looking forward to this class.

    1 · January 30, 2014

  • Gene B.

    @Sunday -- Once added to the Boston PHP store the book will cost $25.28 for paperback and $15.39 for Kindle Edition. I expect to receive a preview copy this week so that I can make a decision on the effectiveness of this book for our class format.

    PHP Percolate! Season 7 (Effortless E-Commerce) will need a leader. I will begin actively recruiting members who have successfully completed at least one virtual self-study group to identify a Boston PHP member wiling to lead the next season.

    1 · January 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Here's the web site:

      1 · January 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Here's the web site: http://www.informit.c...­

      2 · January 30, 2014

  • Jim C.

    Got my book today! Really looking forward to digging into this next week.

    1 · January 30, 2014

  • David P.

    Well I ordered Effortless E-Commerce last week before this began ...Guess I need to order another book NOW()....

    1 · January 15, 2014

    • David P.

      Effortless E_Commerce Book finally arrived a few days ago.....thumbing through it...looks very cool!

      1 · January 30, 2014

  • Charles R.

    I just got my book today and will be starting tonight. Can't wait!

    1 · January 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you for your invitation Gene! I ordered the book online and received it last night, so I'm planning to use­ to post my progress. Please let me know if there are better ways that others are using to submit their work.

    1 · January 28, 2014

    • Gene B.

      @Juancarlo -- Most folks simply create space on their server and design a web page around the exercises. Ray's example ...


      Here's a chance to show off your design skills. You can even make your page responsive. However, you can give jsfiddle a try and we'll see how it goes. Welcome aboard! ~ Gene

      January 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    By the way, page 31 - Listing 1.7 - Line 11 is missing a semicolon(;) to end the statement.

    1 · January 28, 2014

  • Shreyas (.

    Would there be any interest in the community for a weekly online-only Google Hangouts session to discuss jQuery topics for that week or ask questions or just network? I had done something similar for the Introduction to PHP self-study sessions (locally in Cambridge), and that seemed to help folks.

    2 · January 24, 2014

  • Carol Lieb Content D.

    This is inspiring!

    1 · January 22, 2014

  • David S.

    Sign me up! I need better JS and JQ skills for my job.

    I'd also like to put in a bid for Node.js in the fall.

    2 · January 8, 2014

    • Peter P.

      Funny. My ex-CTO was just telling me to pursue Node in the future too.

      1 · January 16, 2014

  • Peter P.

    Can never have too many tech books. So much to learn and so little time.

    2 · January 16, 2014

  • Charles R.

    Been looking for more ways to try to learn JavaScript and jQuery. Have been using a couple of online resources but still seem to struggle a little. I will get the book ordered this week. Looking forward to this

    1 · January 15, 2014

  • Mike M.

    I have the book, completed chap 1 in about 2 hours. 24 weeks is a l-o-n-g time. Consider two chapters per week?

    1 · January 13, 2014

    • Rochelle

      I am not a fan of 3 chapters a week, not sure what others are doing, but i work full time. I'm not looking to be stressed out @ the end of the day or on the weekends. I'd like to have some time to enjoy life...

      1 · January 13, 2014

    • Gene B.

      My latest thinking is that we target two chapters per week (total of 12 weeks). If folks want to proceed at a one-chapter-per-week pace I will be highly supportive. This simply means that a 24-week course will run into July. My previous experience is that fewer folks are inclined to participate in June and July. I, for one, will be motivated to complete the course prior to Memorial Day so that I can enjoy the summer.

      1 · January 13, 2014

  • David P.

    My vote==2 chp/wk...How did mike get the book?

    1 · January 13, 2014

    • Gene B.

      The book is in stores now. It arrived last week. I looked at one over the weekend. Decided not to buy it since I am waiting for a preview copy from the publisher which should arrive either today or tomorrow. I will place the book in the Boston PHP Bookstore on either Tuesday or Wednesday before officially announcing this virtual self-study group to all members.

      January 13, 2014

  • Peter P.

    It says learn the subject in 24 hours. If we pull an all-nighter, we can do it in one day. ha ha.

    The book is available at Amazon, but I was going to wait for confirmation from @Gene!

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Gene, I can't resist RSVP'ing. In Feb. I may have just a bit of downtime and may be able to get started. I'll see as you evaluate the book.

    1 · January 12, 2014

    • Gene B.

      I expect the pace of this offering to be more relaxed than that of PHP Percolate! Season 6. The chapters are shorter; there are simply more of them!

      January 12, 2014

  • Peter P.

    Hey @Gene:

    I am a drop out of the last JQ course and would like to take a second shot too. Keep us posted and it looks like you will get more than a few participants.

    1 · January 8, 2014

  • Sunday O.

    I will like to join the JQuery jam season 4. Please let us know how much e-book is going to cost? but sir, are we not studying effortless e-commerce again?

    1 · January 6, 2014

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