JavaScript Application Cookbook
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: October 1999
Pages: 482

There is a serious information gap for Webmasters learning client-side JavaScript skills and trying to solve common Web-related problems. Knowing the syntax is one thing, being able to build a useful application is another. And while there are dozens of "how- to" JavaScript books available, few literally hand the Webmaster a set of ready-to-go, client-side JavaScript applications with thorough documentation that enable the reader to fully understand and extend those applications. By providing such a set of applications, JavaScript Application Cookbook allows Webmasters to immediately add extra functionality to their Web sites.This book targets readers with two different skill sets. The primary target is JavaScript-knowledgeable Webmasters and designers who can immediately begin constructing their own versions of the applications. The secondary target is those with little or no JavaScript experience. The included applications are ready for immediate use and require little customization.This book explores both the code and the techniques that are centered around core JavaScript functionality, a functionality that will not become incompatible or obsolete. The source file design of most applications and libraries will help modularize reader Web sites and facilitate easier site management and coding practices.Chapters are organized by application. Among the included applications are:

  • A client-side search engine that will show coders how to build their own search engine and get excellent results, all with a client-side tool
  • A drag-and-drop greeting application that lets users custom build and send DHTML email greetings
  • A GUI image rollover tool that generates cross-browser image rollover code for all versions of JavaScript
  • A robust client-side shopping cart application that lets shoppers browse and shop, while the application keeps a tab of the shopper's selections and a running bill, including tax and shipping
  • An online test application that auto-administers, grades, and displays answers to online exams or surveys
An additional value to this book is an online resource (http://www.serve.com/hotsyte/) that discusses the applications and points to other resources. With its focus on providing practical real-world solutions for Webmasters, JavaScript Application Cookbook is destined to become a staple for every JavaScript developer, regardless of experience.
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Inspirational old book; Still very good.

By lorlarz

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Pros

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

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    Best Uses

    • Intermediate

    Comments about oreilly JavaScript Application Cookbook:

    I still occasionally use some of the code examples from this old book. It is a remarkable book (doing object-oriented stuff well before any other). Much of the programs are still good examples of great uses of javascript. This book made me a builder of JS programs that build JS programs, starting 10 years ago and continuing until today.

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    JavaScript Application Cookbook Review

    By Tim O'Reilly

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    Comments about oreilly JavaScript Application Cookbook:

    [...]:I agree that the book is mistitled -- as you can see from the other comments, it's a useful book for some people, but it's true that it's not at all what you'd expect based on the Perl Cookbook. But we realized the mistake, and we do have a book that is probably what you want -- the Javascript and DHTML Cookbook, which was just released. See [@] for details.

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    By Wortwart

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    Comments about oreilly JavaScript Application Cookbook:

    I recommended this one to my colleagues (who are not very crafted in JavaScript) because I expected something like the outstanding Perl Cookbook. That means: I wanted handy pieces of code for the daily hack which cost your daily portion of nerves (you think it should be easy, you think you have done it several times and end up browsing the JavaScript reference). What I did not want are full recipes for 5-course-dishes that bury the original idea with pages full of HTML code. The most useless O'Reilly book I saw by now.

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    JavaScript Application Cookbook Review

    By T. T. Giang

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    Comments about oreilly JavaScript Application Cookbook:

    Anyone interested in serious programming with Javascript should definitely consider "Javascript Application Cookbook" by Jerry Bradembaugh. First and foremost, this book is not for the lighthearted. One should be well versed with programming (Javascript, Java, C, C++) before considering taking on this book.

    From the very first sample (Online Test), I knew this book would be teaching me a lot of new techniques. Having a web-based application running solely (actually, more like 99%) on Javascript is great. Bradenbaugh is very thorough in his writing, explaining, and guiding readers through various sections of each application. His presentations of the processes and variables used are so helpful when walking through the source code.

    Right out of the book, there is no need to configure anything except to download the samples. Once you have it saved on your machine, it's time to make things happen. The best thing about the author's walk-through is that he tells you explicitly what is going on, and he offers ways to enhance each application. That's a must when you are looking for ideas from someone with as much knowledge as he has.

    I see combining several chapters worth of code into a bigger and better application. For example, using the file I/O techniques used in the Online Test application in conjunction with the Slideshow application, one could create a database of images used and allow users to load and save them. Better yet, why not offer something like a shopping cart for your users to select which image to include in a slideshow. The possibilities are endless from the use of this book. If time permits, incorporate other functions and create a true scripting-library. Use the include directive to bring in what is needed to make your application lean and user-friendly.

    There are some sample chapters of the JavaScript Application Cookbook available online: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/jscook/chapter/index.html

     
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    JavaScript Application Cookbook Review

    By Leonard v. K.

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    Comments about oreilly JavaScript Application Cookbook:

    Marvelous! what a style the writer used!

    Even I'm from the Netherlands the book has been to read very easy!

    I've bought the latest print and I'm use as well the zip.files from the

    homesite!

    I'm very glad with this cation for Javascript!

    By the way: (all) the books from O'Reilly.com are very well!

    Go on this way and stay ahead!

     
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    JavaScript Application Cookbook Review

    By Geneva Roth

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    Comments about oreilly JavaScript Application Cookbook:

    When I received my copy of the JavaScript ookbook, I got exactly what I was looking for - a JAVASCRIPT resource. This is a solid piece of work that not only includes practical web ready

    applications & code, but also provides clear and concise explanations each step of the way. I foundmost of these explanations to hold considerable value beyond just the scope of the particular recipe;I had no problem using them to broaden my understanding in the bigger picture of JavaScript.

    I found Bradenbaugh's book quite helpful and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in

    expanding their bag of JS tricks with immediate applicability. (I am currently using the client-sidesearch engine application, and have dog-eared a handful of practical JS functions in Chapter 6).

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
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    JavaScript Application Cookbook Review

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    Comments about oreilly JavaScript Application Cookbook:

    The title is 'JavaScript Application Cookbook'. The author says he aimed to provide complete applications in JavaScript to demonstrate its power and in my opinion, he has done this extremely well.

    If you don't quite have the time to try and build entire applications, or would like to use cross-browser JavaScript to its fullest extent, then this book is highly recommended - kudos to the author. If you're looking for a JScript reference, stick with JavaScript : The Definitive Reference by David Flanagan or the JavaScript Bible by Danny Goodman.

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    By N.M.Seyed Ismail

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    Comments about oreilly JavaScript Application Cookbook:

    This book is very nice to learn and use the JavaScript in Web applications. You can increase the explanations part,thus the newcomer also can refer this book.

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