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jQuery jAM, Season 3

jQuery jAM is our virtual self-study group for beginners.  In Season 3 we will go back to basics and learn both JavaScript and jQuery from the ground up.  Come along for the ride and invite your friends and co-workers and to join in the fun.

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

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 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?

  1. Become a member of Boston PHP if you are not already a member.  Simply click: Join us!
  2. Register for jQuery jAM, Season 3. Simply RSVP: Yes
  3. Purchase a book (the only program cost).  Simply visit the Boston PHP store and order JavaScript & jQuery: The Missing Manual in one of two formats.

Full disclosure: Boston PHP Meetup receives a small commission on each sale which helps fund Meetup activities.

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.


How long will the course last?

A: We will cover 15 chapters in the book, so 15 weeks starting Sunday, April 21 and ending Saturday, August 3.  Refer to the jQuery jAM, Season 3 Master Discussion List for specific dates.

Q: Do I have to wait until Sunday, April 21 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: Are there any additional resources I can use?

A: A new jQuery jAM website is being 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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  • Sunday O.

    it was fantastic and it has helped my design skills, I'm no longer limited to flash in animating objects on the web, and I can now use j-query and many jquery plugins to design a navigation bar. I'm really blessed through this virtual group. I'm using this medium to thank our chief percolator Gene Babon for taken time to check our assessments one by one. God bless you, amen.

    1 · September 5, 2013

  • Lori D

    Thank you Gene for the opportunity to further my learning in web development. The text book was easy to follow, some re-reading required, but eventually got there. Also much appreciation for the four overtimes.

    1 · August 31, 2013

  • Ken H.

    Thanks Gene - great work moderating the course progress! The text was good for me - a better overview of JQuery and Javascript than I had in the previous session, I might be ready to go back and complete the JQuery Mobile chapters after this... As usual, the proof of getting something out of this will be in using it, so I'm trying to do that in some other projects now. Looking forward to more learning opportunities, for sure!

    1 · August 22, 2013

  • David P.


    1 · August 22, 2013

  • Leslie G.

    Thanks to Gene Babon for all the hard work he puts in running the class and checking the weekly assignments and for the positive support he provides to each participant. And kudos to Boston PHP for hosting these online classes - what a great opportunity to learn new skills.

    4 · August 11, 2013

  • Elmuiz

    It was great way to learn and keep my discipline in finishing the whole book. the book is a great read, easy and to the point, the exercises where very clear.

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • Mike M.

    Thanks, Boston PHP, and I hope that the group can continue to mount a few of these sessions per year. Gene Babon has been an excellent Event Host: positive, thorough, sympathetic. The book is a good choice. I found that I got a lot out of the tutorials in the companion website you that folks assembled. It added a lot to the small samples shown in the book. Hope to see you all again in the Fall.

    1 · July 17, 2013

  • Gene B.

    @Bing -- Welcome back. I added your name to the weekly e-mail list for jQuery jAM, Season 3. Here is the most recent update ...

    No donations necessary. However, if you wanted to make a small contribution to the Boston community, here is the fund I recommend ...

    Stoneham Marathon Victims Fund

    Thanks ~ Gene

    1 · June 13, 2013

  • Bing M.

    Hi Gene, I know it's already half way through, I was wondering if it is still possible for me to join. I believe I can catch up pretty quickly. I have access to an online version of the text for this class. Are there any other ways to donate to the Group? Thanks.

    1 · June 13, 2013

  • Gene B.

    All jAMmers are invited to a FREE Live Stream entitled "How to Teach Yourself to Code (Online Class)" Thursday, May 23, 2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT. The session is coordinated by General Assembly and features John Resig, creator of jQuery.

    4 · May 20, 2013

  • Vickie C.

    Offer of book to fellow enthusiast has been accepted. See you all in class.

    1 · May 2, 2013

  • Vickie C.

    Hi Everyone!
    Well I'm still hanging around the outskirts of Boston PHP, and I'm ready to get involved with some virtual learning again. As was the case previously, I have the text for this class on Safari Online, so if someone needs the book I would be glad to sponsor one person who is interested in learning jQuery with me and other members of Boston PHP. Send me an email at [masked] and tell me a little about yourself so we can get acquainted, and I'll make arrangements for you to get a textbook for this class. First come first served!



    2 · May 1, 2013

  • Gene B.

    Hi Nancy, the first e-mail went out last Saturday. I double checked and your name did not appear on the registration list. I just added it. Expect the e-mail for Week 2 within the next few days. Here is the e-mail for Week 1 ...

    April 27, 2013

  • Nancy M.

    Hi, Is there anyone who could send me "mini" instructions and intro to the class? I'm trying to get started. My email is ngmcintyre@ Thanks! :-)

    1 · April 27, 2013

  • May T.

    Sebastian, plz send it to me. Khinelay at gmail dot com

    1 · April 22, 2013

  • Sebastian A.


    1 · April 21, 2013

  • Nwosu C.

    I have always wanted to learn javaScript and jquery.Thanks

    2 · April 21, 2013

  • Nancy M.

    Never mind, I'll buy it thru PHP. :-)

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • Nancy M.

    I was wondering if it would be okay if I bought the kindle edition of the book so I could receive it immediately?

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • Nancy M.

    Thanks Sebastian. I think I might invest in bluehost because they have such great customer service and I need all the help I can get. :-)

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • Nancy M.

    Where or how do you post the links to your completed work?

    1 · April 21, 2013

    • Sebastian A.

      let me know if that helps if not send me your email and i can forward you genes "mini" instructions and intro to the class

      2 · April 21, 2013

    • Maureen C.

      Nancy, I got hosting from BlueHost for the last virtual class I took (HTML5). It is not free but they are great at helping you with questions. The person there showed me which which folder to use to upload completed webpage files. I created a subfolder for each lesson and put the html file and all linked files in that subfolder. Then I published the link to my lesson as: website/mainfolder/subfo­lder. People can click on that and go straight to that lesson. Or you can make a table of contents landing page and direct people to that and make links to the various lessons there. Hope any of that helps.

      1 · April 21, 2013

  • Matthew S.

    Not sure about the content yet.

    1 · April 20, 2013

  • Elmuiz

    I want to go back to programming.

    2 · April 20, 2013

  • James B.

    I am using this course as a refresher.

    2 · April 19, 2013

  • May T.

    Ready to learn -

    1 · April 19, 2013

  • Ken H.

    Looking forward to a refresher in JavaScript and more basics in JQuery!

    1 · April 15, 2013

  • Jeanne P.

    I've copied so many jquery effects from other websites, it will be good to finally understand how they work.

    2 · April 15, 2013

  • Gary J.

    thanks for running this

    1 · April 9, 2013

  • Bridget (Fahey) A.

    Looking forward to taking my development experience to the next level.

    1 · April 9, 2013

  • Joel S.

    A Pythonista with some JavaScript experience

    1 · April 9, 2013

  • Sunday O.

    I'm a web developer. I will like to join this group.

    1 · April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    looking forward to this!

    1 · April 9, 2013

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