Speaking JavaScript
An In-Depth Guide for Programmers
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: February 2014
Pages: 460

Like it or not, JavaScript is everywhere these days—from browser to server to mobile—and now you, too, need to learn the language or dive deeper than you have. This concise book guides you into and through JavaScript, written by a veteran programmer who once found himself in the same position.

Speaking JavaScript helps you approach the language with four standalone sections. First, a quick-start guide teaches you just enough of the language to help you be productive right away. More experienced JavaScript programmers will find a complete and easy-to-read reference that covers each language feature in depth. Complete contents include:

  • JavaScript quick start: Familiar with object-oriented programming? This part helps you learn JavaScript quickly and properly.
  • JavaScript in depth: Learn details of ECMAScript 5, from syntax, variables, functions, and object-oriented programming to regular expressions and JSON with lots of examples. Pick a topic and jump in.
  • Background: Understand JavaScript’s history and its relationship with other programming languages.
  • Tips, tools, and libraries: Survey existing style guides, best practices, advanced techniques, module systems, package managers, build tools, and learning resources.
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    5.0

    On par with Crockford's The Good Parts

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      Comments about oreilly Speaking JavaScript:

      Definitive, well structured and thorough content. Useful code examples like caveats for testing for type values like Null and Object inheritance patterns.

      Easily an equivalent follow on from Crockford's JavaScript, The Good Parts. One of the best JavaScript books available.

      The great virtue of this book, is that I could recommend it to JavaScripters of all levels, beginners to pros.

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      5.0

      A worthy buy

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        Comments about oreilly Speaking JavaScript:

        I read the whole thing pretty much. It definitely increased my understanding of Javascript.

        The book reads like the notes you would take yourself as you worked through learning a new language. Noting the mechanics of the language the gotchas etc.

        I've been using Javascript for a few years, but not full time, just dipping in. This ramped me up really quickly, I think. I discovered a lot of new info reading this.

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        5.0

        Great book for every level JS Dev

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          Comments about oreilly Speaking JavaScript:

          Dr. Axel Rauschmayer is great student of programming especially in JavaScript and this book is great example of it. I would highly recommend this book to all JS developers.

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          4.0

          My New Favorite Javascript Reference

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            Comments about oreilly Speaking JavaScript:

            The book covers everything from the basics to super-detailed descriptions of advanced concepts. The first few chapters are great for giving beginners a solid foundation and people can continue to grow their skills with the book over time. Honestly, this book finally helped me to wrap my head around the concept of "this" and why floating point numbers act so weird in JavaScript. It's a great book. I can't recommend it enough. My only knit pick is that the organization of the book could be better.

             
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            Speaking Javascript

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              I have absolutely loved this book. The in depth focus on javascript has given me a new appreciation for the language.

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              4.0

              Well presented with good examples.

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              Increases your skills in JavaScript.

               
              5.0

              Very good book for beginner!

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                I'm very grateful to Axel for the book!
                It's really easy to work with examples, and theory is explained clear enough for the beginner!

                 
                4.0

                The One Javascript technical resource

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                  This is both a must read and shelf resource on PURE javascript.

                  I have been struggling in this environment for some time and this book is finally bringing it all together

                   
                  5.0

                  JS Bible of 2014!

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                    the book is comprehensive and clear

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                    5.0

                    Recommended to everyone I work with

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                      Comments about oreilly Speaking JavaScript:

                      I am a longtime LAMP developer experimenting with node.js and have been looking for study material that would sharpen my JavaScript skills. In particular, I wanted to gain a foothold on fundamentals.

                      This book has been a real page turner and one I've recommended to friends and people I work with who want to become stronger JavaScriot developers.

                      Bravo!

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