If you’re looking for a plethora of plugins, scripts, shims to add responsiveness this book is for you, but be prepared to figure out the differences yourself. The book is written more like a reference book with short examples and brief explanation of many jQuery plugins.
I read the title several times after reading the content and can say that it is not the best fit. My initial thinking led me to believe this would be more about coding with jQuery, however this is not the case. The book is geared more for web designers that do not code with jQuery. Most of the examples include jQuery with little explanation so you can get similar information available in the documentation of the individual plugins. Possibly the worst part is that the author rarely distinguishes pros and cons of individual plugins doing nearly identical tasks. There’s a lack of diagrams and screenshots so you have to implement the examples to see how they work. On the other hand the author also lists many tools available via websites for wire-framing, placeholder creation, pixel conversions, and grid systems.
I would recommend this book for web designers that know html, css, jquery syntax and want to make their static designs responsive, elastic, or fluid with high browser compatibility. Without knowledge of jQuery basics it’s difficult to customize the plugins made for responsive design. Near the end of the book there is mention of performance and ideally you want the minimum amount of http GETS to load your scripts. However with all the plugins available your design will easily accumulate 7+ js files.
You won’t become an expert in “responsive design” nor will you know how the plugins really work behind the scenes, but it’s a good place to start.