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Which books we recommend for learning how to add JavaScript, jQuery, and Ajax to ASP.NET applications.

  1. JavaScript: The Good Parts

    by Douglas Crockford. Most programming languages contain good and bad parts, but JavaScript has more than its share of the bad, having been developed and released in a hurry before it could be refined. This authoritative book scrapes away these bad features to reveal a subset of JavaScript that's more reliable, readable, and maintainable than the language as a whole-a subset you can use to create truly extensible and efficient code.

  2. jQuery: Novice to Ninja

    by Earle Castledine. jQuery: Novice to Ninja will show you how to unleash the amazing power of jQuery. In this easy-to-follow guide, you’ll master all the major tricks and techniques that jQuery offers—within hours.

  3. jQuery for ASP.NET Developers

    by Joe Brinkman. This Wrox Blox teaches you how to use jQuery with your ASP.NET-based websites. jQuery greatly simplifies JavaScript development and allows you to create highly interactive and responsive websites using the latest JavaScript and AJAX techniques. The author walks you through the jQuery API using a simple ASP.NET MVC application to highlight major topics, and shows how you can apply jQuery to your own applications. After learning the basics of using jQuery, you’ll discover how easy it is to use within your own ASP.NET projects. Whether you are using WebForms or the MVC framework, jQuery will greatly simplify your code. As you will quickly find out, jQuery really is the “write less, do more” framework.

  4. jQuery In Action, Second Edition

    jQuery in Action, Second Edition is a fast-paced introduction and guide. It shows you how to traverse HTML documents, handle events, perform animations, and add Ajax to your web pages.

ASP.NET MVC Books

Microsoft's Jon Galloway recommends these books for learning ASP.NET MVC:

Pro ASP.NET MVC 4

Pro ASP.NET MVC 4

by Adam Freeman

Professional ASP.NET MVC 4

Professional ASP.NET MVC 4

by Jon Galloway, Phil Haack, Brad Wilson, K. Scott Allen