Learning JavaScript, 2nd Edition
Add Sparkle and Life to Your Web Pages
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2008
Pages: 398

If you're new to JavaScript, or an experienced web developer looking to improve your skills, Learning JavaScript provides you with complete, no-nonsense coverage of this quirky yet essential language for web development. You'll learn everything from primitive data types to complex features, including JavaScript elements involved with Ajax and dynamic page effects. By the end of the book, you'll be able to work with even the most sophisticated libraries and web applications.

Complete with best practices and examples of JavaScript use, this new edition shows you how to integrate the language with the browser environment, and how to practice proper coding techniques for standards-compliant websites. This book will help you:

  • Learn the JavaScript application structure, including basic statements and control structures
  • Identify JavaScript objects—String, Number, Boolean, Function, and more
  • Use browser debugging tools and troubleshooting techniques
  • Understand event handling, form events, and JavaScript applications with forms
  • Develop with the Browser Object Model, the Document Object Model, and custom objects you create
  • Learn about browser cookies and more modern client-side storage techniques
  • Get details for using XML or JSON with Ajax applications
Learning JavaScript follows proven learning principles to help you absorb the concepts at an easy pace, so you'll learn how to create powerful and responsive applications in any browser.

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Aged, unorganized, thin

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The book was published in 2008, and it shows. The progression of chapters doesn't make sense. And there are a lot of wholes concerning modern uses for javascript.

I would not recommend this book.

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Solid, well-written book

By Larry

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Comments about oreilly Learning JavaScript, 2nd Edition:

At 300 pages this book isn't a quick read, but it's certainly smaller than the typical several-hundred page tech book. And that's important if you're trying to come up to speed on a new technology but still have a life to live. And, let's face it, learning new technologies is never "factored into the schedule", so a concise, clear, and well-written book is a good find.

Shelley does a good job covering the basics of the language and pointing out the ever-present bane of web developers: browser incompatibility. (Especially due to Internet Explorer, which has probably elicited more swearing than any other product since Microsoft Word.)

The good thing is she doesn't leave you high and dry, rather she provides clear, reusable helper functions which you can use in your own code to deal with the differences.

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