By now you've gotten the point that the WordPress theme essentially contains the HTML and CSS that wrap and style your WordPress content. Thus, it's usually the first place you'll start when incorporating jQuery into a site. Most of the time, this is a good approach. Understanding a bit more about how themes work can only make your jQuery development go a little smoother. Let's take a look at how themes are structured and best practices for editing them.
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This title focuses on what you most need to know to work with jQuery in WordPress. If you're interested in WordPress theme development I highly recommend April Hodge Silver and Hasin Hayer's WordPress 2.7 Complete. Along with covering the complete core competencies for managing a WordPress site, Chapter 6, WordPress and jQuery's UI has an overview on editing and creating standard themes for WordPress.
If you want to really dig deep into theme design, my title WordPress 2.8 Theme Design will walk you through creating a working HTML and CSS design mockup and coding it up from scratch.
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