Javascript: The Definitive Guide, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: June 1998
Pages: 792

JavaScript is a powerful scripting language that can be embedded directly in HTML. It allows you to create dynamic, interactive Web-based applications that run completely within a Web browser; you don't have to do any server-side programming, like writing CGI scripts.

JavaScript is a simpler language than Java. It can be embedded directly in Web pages without compilation, so it is more flexible and easier to use for simple tasks like animation. However, although you can write reasonably robust and complete Web applications using JavaScript alone, JavaScript is not a substitute for Java. In fact, JavaScript is a good client-side complement to Java; using the two together allows you to create more complex applications than are possible with JavaScript alone.

JavaScript: The Definitive Guide provides a thorough description of the core JavaScript language and its client-side framework, complete with sophisticated examples that show you how to handle common tasks, like validating form data and working with cookies. The book also contains a definitive, in-depth reference section that covers every core and client-side JavaScript function, object, method, property, constructor, and event handler. This book is an indispensable reference for all JavaScript programmers, regardless of experience level.

This third edition of JavaScript: The Definitive Guide describes the latest version of the language, JavaScript 1.2, as supported by Netscape Navigator 4 and Internet Explorer 4. The book also covers JavaScript 1.1, which is the first industry-standard version known as ECMAScript. The new features of JavaScript 1.2, which are likely to be embodied in a later ECMAScript standard release, are clearly indicated, so that you can use them as appropriate in your scripts.

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JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, 3rd Edition Review

By Qiang

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As a ten-year experienced programmer, I 'd like to say this book is a must have one and definitely deserve my highly recommendation. However, I may say that it is high welcomed if ALL online examples have a executable version. Sometimes I may think it wastes my time to plug the examples in my frame to see the result of execution.

However, a excellent one, a must have one, a example of technique book. Thank you David and our editors.

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This book contains a lot of information about JavaScript. It is very good book, it useful for, who already have some programming background and wants to know the javascript functionality clearly. In this book the eg. given for opening a new browser window and writing some contents into the window from an applet, is not working properly. In IE it is giving class cast exception. The object returned from method "main_win.eval("self.open(''...........) " is a String object, it is not JSObject. In Netscape it is JSObject only, but it's not writing the data into the newly opened window. If anybody got solution for this please let me know, my email id: [...].

Thank You.

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JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, 3rd Edition Review

By Laszlo Hazy

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An excellent book!

I have been doing JavaScript programming for a few years and learned most of it off the Internet, from Netscape's DevEdge. However, I recently needed some advanced features and there was just no easy way to dig them up from the web. Then I got this book. It is well organized, comprehensive, thorough and it has all the details, tricks, and pitfalls of the language one may need to know in order to write a JavaScript program. Also, the care with which all the features of the language are documented for both IE and Netscape, as well as for the various browser/language versions is truly outstanding. I strongly recommend it as a reference. However, make no error, it is certainly not a beginner's book.

I sometimes wonder how does O'Reilly manage to keep up such a high standard in computer book publishing. They have all my appreciation.

 
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JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, 3rd Edition Review

By Bruce Judd

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My thanks to Mr. Flanagan for a job very well done. This reference has been most helpful as I have started using JS in my internet and intranet pages. Experience with C, PERL, and other languages helps, especially when the author compares JS behavior with these other languages. I also appreciate the repeated notes regarding the differences between JS versions and the different levels of support by NS and IE - very helpful to ensure the resulting pages will work correctly for the maximum number of visitors. It appears the book is written for the reader with a good foundation in programming and HTML - perfect.

The quality of the book and its included JS reference is excellent - on a par with Larry Wall's Perl Reference or M. Strebe's Win NT reference.

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JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, 3rd Edition Review

By Mike

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This book is deceitful: it looks too big to be useful. Yet there

is no other source of information that so concisely addresses

JavaScript language. The comparisons the author frequently

makes to C/C++/Java/Perl are most welcome. After reading this book

I wrote a non-trivial javascript web application that I could not

have imagined writing prior to reading this book.

This book is a unique resource just as JavaScript is a unique

language from the usual mix of C/C++/VB/Java/Perl. This book

describes a language to control both IE and Netscape in ways

that nothing else can.

I highly recommend it.

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Mike

 
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JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, 3rd Edition Review

By Bruno Mairlot

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A MUST HAVE

The title of the book says all ! This is the defenitive one-and-only book to have if you are serious about JavaScript. If you're not, then you should still have it.

It is precise, plainly written, and extremely accurate.

Macromedia use it as their reference for DreamWeaver and UltraDev references.

I have never encountered a problem that wasn't explained or solutioned in this book.

 
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JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, 3rd Edition Review

By Perry Sakkaris

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If you ever want to be a serious JavaScript programmer this is the book that you must read. It has a wealth of information both for the core language and also for the client-side part of the language. It has a lot of examples which are the building blocks for truly understanding a subject. The part that I love most is that the writer compares JavaScript with other languages so when you are through with the book you also have an idea of how Java and C++ work.

The only down side of this book is that it has no excersises (which I think are necessary for truly mastering a language) so if anybody knows where I can find some good exercises please e-mail me at [...].

 
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JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, 3rd Edition Review

By Eli Lato

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Excellent book! We all use it at the office, and I use it at home to teach my son javascript.

It's well-written, useful, and Flanagan's knowledge is awesome. It's one of the few technical books I've seen that has well-written code.

One microscopic criticism: I needed an example of javascript assigning an onSubmit handler, and couldn't find the format of the handler.

A must-buy!

 
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JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, 3rd Edition Review

By Tom Besser

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This book cuts right through the hype surrounding most JavaScript texts and gives you the essential tools to put your own creativity to work. I strongly recommend it.

 
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JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, 3rd Edition Review

By Paul Hirth

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The first half of the book is very readable and well sprinkled with examples. If I had a complaint about the book it would be that the author presumes the reader knows a fair amount about sophisticated javascript techniques in his examples. However, in working through the examples, I have learned quite a bit.

The second half of the book is an excellent reference manual that I find myself consulting when ever I need in depth knowledge of options.

I am a lower level journeyman writer of Javascript, but would recommend this book to beginners, journeymen, and experts.

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