The code itself is well explained, and subjects like pagination are covered from both a client side and server side perspective. The final section provides a brief introduction to the tablesorter and datatables jQuery plugins which introduce sorting, filtering and pagination with the bare minimum of code. Could you pick this stuff up on Google? Sure, but for less that €6.00 at the time of writing this book drops you right into the action with no preamble, and takes you through the important functionality, breaking down the code for you. If you need to know how to manipulate tables with jQuery , and your time is important to you, consider this book.