JavaScript for PHP Developers
A Concise Guide to Mastering JavaScript
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: April 2013
Pages: 160

If you want to significantly expand your web development skills beyond PHP, this practical, hands-on book teaches you ECMAScript—the core JavaScript language—from the ground up. You’ll discover some similarities between JavaScript and PHP, such as conditions and loops, but the primary focus is on JavaScript’s unique object creation, classes, prototypes, and inheritance.

JavaScript knowledge is essential for working with today’s Web, whether you’re building applications for the client, the server, or for mobile use—and your PHP experience gives you a head start. This book will help you become fluent with JavaScript quickly, and then serve as a handy reference once you start coding.

  • Explore JavaScript syntax, including variables, arrays, loops, and conditions
  • Learn how functions are important in JavaScript—and why they’re actually objects
  • Delve into JavaScript’s object-oriented features, including prototypes, code reuse, and inheritance
  • Examine the built-in API and explore its global functions, properties, and objects
  • Learn about updates in ECMAScript5, the latest version of the standard
  • Use common design patterns to organize your code in large applications
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Concise yet detailed guide to JavaScript

By Mathias Bynens

from Belgium

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


    Best Uses

    • Intermediate
    • Novice
    • Student

    Comments about oreilly JavaScript for PHP Developers:

    This book is aimed at PHP developers: it compares PHP coding patterns with their JavaScript equivalents, and explains the differences in detail. However, the book is written in such a way that it still does a great job of explaining JavaScript, even if you don't know PHP at all. In fact, I learned a few things about PHP while reading this book.

    The book could be titled "JavaScript for developers" instead, and it would still make sense — that's how good it is. Anyone with basic programming experience (in any language) can read this book and will end up with a deep understanding of the JavaScript language syntax, its built-in API, common code design patterns, and more.

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    Good Draft Needs Data Integrat. Coverage

    By Michael

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    Comments about oreilly JavaScript for PHP Developers:

    This is a review of Early Release - Revision 1.

    I have extremely high regard for Stefanov's work and this book is immensely valuable to PHP developers. The early release is still a little rough around the edges and lacks the author's usual depth, but these are to be expected given the book's length and production stage.

    But there is a deal-breaker that I believe must be resolved before the official release. Please add a chapter on integrating JavaScript client-side data with PHP server-side data. I don't necessarily mean HTML5 local storage and Node - those are likely outside this book's scope. I mean tracking the data lifecycle as it relates to a traditional PHP relational database application -- starting from user entry/interaction to saving and retrieving data in MySQL.

    The pattern coverage in the book is excellent as expected, but what's really needed is an accessible walkthrough of how those patterns should coexist with an existing MVC relational database application.

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