JavaScript Pocket Reference, 3rd Edition
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Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: April 2012
Pages: 280

JavaScript is the ubiquitous programming language of the Web, and for more than 15 years, JavaScript: The Definitive Guide has been the bible of JavaScript programmers around the world. Ideal for JavaScript developers at any level, this book is an all-new excerpt of The Definitive Guide, collecting the essential parts of that hefty volume into this slim yet dense pocket reference.

The first 9 chapters document the latest version (ECMAScript 5) of the core JavaScript language, covering:

  • Types, values, and variables
  • Operators, expressions, and statements
  • Objects and arrays
  • Functions and classes

The next 5 chapters document the fundamental APIs for using JavaScript with HTML5 and explain how to:

  • Interact with web browser windows
  • Script HTML documents and document elements
  • Modify and apply CSS styles and classes
  • Respond to user input events
  • Communicate with web servers
  • Store data locally on the user's computer

This book is a perfect companion to jQuery Pocket Reference.

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      1.0

      Not a guide

      By Daryl Van Humbeck

      from BC, Canada

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      Pros

        Cons

        • Not A Reference
        • Not comprehensive enough
        • Too basic

        Best Uses

        • Novice

        Comments about oreilly JavaScript Pocket Reference, 3rd Edition:

        I've used my copy of the Second Edition quite a lot over the ten years I've had it, finding it an invaluable reference tool in my collection of Pocket Reference books.

        This third edition, however, is totally useless in the same environment.
        It is the API *reference* that I found so useful from the Second Edition, and to find that it has been removed and replaced with a *guide* to how to use JavaScript in HTML pages.

        Note the phrasing there.
        The Second Edition was a *reference*, while the third edition is a *guide*.
        Not even worth the title of "Pocket Reference".

         
        2.0

        not a reference

        By peter

        from netherlands

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        Comments about oreilly JavaScript Pocket Reference, 3rd Edition:

        the most useful section of previous edition was the api reference. This has been removed

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        No longer a pocket reference

        By Doug Domeny

        from Manchester, NH

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        Pros

        • Concise

        Cons

        • Not A Reference
        • Not comprehensive enough
        • Too basic

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        • Novice

        Comments about oreilly JavaScript Pocket Reference, 3rd Edition:

        Previous editions are a pocket reference. I refer to the 2nd edition frequently to lookup details like the arguments to String.substr and String.substring. I was about to upgrade to 3rd edition to get handy access to all the new methods, but then read this in the preface, "Similarly, there is no room in the book for an API reference section. Again, I refer you to JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, or to online JavaScript references", page viii. This edition is much more an introduction to JS than a reference. This is a big step backward for my beloved pocket references. I'll stay with 2nd edition.

         
        5.0

        Solid book

        By Jaood

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        Comments about oreilly JavaScript Pocket Reference, 3rd Edition:

        Solid book to get started with Javascript, it has all the fundamentals and basics you need to start learning the language and client-side JS.

        After reading this book you will be ready to learn more APIs/libraries from the web.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good, But a Step Away

        By SunshineGrrrl

        from Redmon, WA

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        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Helpful examples

        Cons

        • Unlike previous edition

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        Comments about oreilly JavaScript Pocket Reference, 3rd Edition:

        Javascript has adapted a lot as a language in the past couple of years. Well, mostly, people have adapted to javascript in a lot of different ways. This book is great as a reference for the language in general, but the uses of javascript have pushed away from dealing with the dom to a much more general use scripting language and this book reflects that move. If you are a fan of the 2nd edition and it's listing of what works for what browser in the DOM, then this update may not be your cup of tea.

        As a reference, I find this much more indepth than I'm used to in the pocket reference series. I really expect, and kind of want, a more superficial listing of the DOM that's easy to search through, but the organization of the 3rd edition is more in the "essay of topics with a useful tables towards the front of each chapter" vein. It still has a place in my library of pocket references but I doubt I will use it for anything near what I'd used the 2nd edition for and the second edition will stay in my library for now until a javascript DOM object pocket reference becomes available.

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        5.0

        Very Good Book

        By James

        from GB

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        • Accurate
        • Easy to understand
        • Helpful examples
        • Well-written

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          This JavaScript Pocket Reference, 3rd Edition
          Book is the very good book for learning and
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