JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook
Solutions and Example for Web Programmers
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: April 2003
Pages: 544

On numerous online forums for JavaScript and DHTML, the majority of questions begin with "How do I...?" This new Cookbook provides the answers. After reading thousands of forum threads over the years, author and scripting pioneer Danny Goodman has compiled a list of problems that frequently vex scripters of various experience levels. He has now applied state-of-the-art ECMA and W3C DOM standards and used best practices to create this extensive collection of practical recipes that can bring your web pages to life.The JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook is all about adding value to the content of a web page. The book focuses on practical and sensible applications of scripting, rather than flying images and gratuitous color changes. For every problem Goodman addresses, there's a solution or "recipe"--a focused piece of code that web developers can insert directly into their applications. Yet, rather than just cut-and-paste code, you also get explanations of how and why the code works, so you can learn to adapt the problem-solving techniques to your designs.The recipes range from simple tasks, such as manipulating strings and validating dates in JavaScript, to entire libraries that demonstrate complex tasks, such as cross-browser positioning of HTML elements and sorting tables. This book contains over 150 recipes on the following topics:

  • Working with interactive forms and style sheets
  • Presenting user-friendly page navigation
  • Creating dynamic content
  • Producing visual effects for stationary content
  • Positioning HTML elements
  • Managing browser windows and multiple frames
This book is the ideal companion to O'Reilly's JavaScript: The Definitive Guide and Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference. If you own either of these books, the JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook is a must.
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JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook Review

By Robert Bannon from the Columbia Java Users Group

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Comments about oreilly JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook:

The JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook is about using javascript and css to create dynamic user

interfaces for your web application. Each "recipe" starts with a statement of the problem. This is

followed by the solution, which includes the code to make it run. After the solution section, a

discussion section follows. The discussion section includes explanations of why the code works and

various alternatives.

The book is broken up into chapters and each chapter consists of recipes that relate to the main

topic of the chapter. For every chapter, there is an introduction, which is a very good summary of

the DHTML topic. Just reading the chapter introductions would give a high level overview of


The recipes are practical solutions for problems that a developer could actually encounter. There

are not flashy recipes that are useless. The recipes consist of simple solutions to complex

solutions to application problems. The book could be used as a reference to solve a particular problem

that you have or the book could be read, especially the discussion sections, to understand how to

solve problems with DHTML. The only drawback to using the code for a recipe is that some recipe

built on top on other recipes and you need to find the previous recipe.

In summary, I would recommend this book for any client-side web developer.


JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook Review

By Nick

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Comments about oreilly JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook:

I got this book a week and it's already been very useful to me.

As the author says in his introduction, these are examples of how to solve real world problems.

The presentation of the examples is very clear and the downloadable examples very useful.

If you are developing using JavaScript and DHTML this is a ‘must buy'.

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