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JavaScript is the preferred programming language for Web page applications, letting you enhance your sites with interactive, dynamic, and personalized pages. This fully updated guide shows you how to take advantage of JavaScript’s client-side scripting techniques for the newest versions of Netscape® and Internet Explorer®, even if you’ve never programmed before.

You will begin with basic syntax and learn about data types and how to structure code for decision-making. Then you’ll learn to use dates, strings, and other basic objects of JavaScript. Next, you will see how to use JavaScript to manipulate objects provided by the browser, such as forms and windows. From there you will move into advanced topics like using cookies and dynamic HTML.

After you have a solid foundation, you will explore dynamic generation of Web content using server-side scripting and back-end databases. And you’ll practice what you learn by building a sample application as you go.

What you will learn from this book

  • What types of data are used in JavaScript
  • How to identify and correct flaws in your code
  • Techniques for programming the browser
  • How to use Microsoft® Script Debugger and Netscape Script Debugger
  • Ways to manage cross-browser issues
  • How JavaScript interacts with XML and HTML

Who this book is for

This book is for anyone who wants to learn JavaScript programming. You should have some understanding of HTML and how to create static Web pages, but no prior programming experience is necessary.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

About the Author

Paul Wilton. After an initial start as a Visual Basic applications programmer at the Ministry of Defense in the U.K., Paul found himself pulled into the Net. Having joined an Internet development company, he spent the last 5 years helping create Internet solutions and is currently working on an e-commerce website for a major British bank.
Paul’s main skills are in developing web front ends using DHTML, JavaScript, VBScript, and Visual Basic, and back-end solutions with ASP, Visual Basic, and SQL Server. Currently, in between web development projects, he is learning Palm OS programming.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Second edition adds great improvements Aug. 24 2004
By J. Minatel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
All of the reviews of this book from April 2004 and earlier are based on the 1st edition, not this new second edition which didn't publish until the end of April 2004. The second edition adds some new great coverage of dynamic HTML in more recent browser versions and a new chapter on JavaScript and XML. Throughout the book there are many new examples and all of the code is now updated to be sure it works with the latest browser versions.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Beginning JavaScript- a great place to start Jan. 19 2007
By R. Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have experience programming Java, C++, Q-Basic, CSS, HTML, PHP and started to learn JavaScript from free resources on the internet. The problem is that the internet is full of sales pitches and just free code. I wanted to get a good understanding to write my own code. The Beginning JavaScript gave me a great understanding of the basics. The reading was very easy- for someone with programming experience, there was too much of the basic programming info and far too many examples to help understand the basics. If you have NO programming experience, then this book is perfect for you because it will teach you everything you need to get started. After reading this book I was able to do some pretty cool dymanic website stuff on my websites.

I did want to learn more JavaScript though, so I checked out the Professional JavaScript by the same publisher. The Professional JavaScript book is great (especially if you read the Beginning JavaScript or already now programming or a little JavaScript). I was affraid that after reading the Beginning JavaScript book I would see a lot of repeat stuff in the Professional JavaScript book- that is NOT the case. There is a little over lap, but the Professional book does not spend as much time on the easy stuff. To make a long review short... I recommend the Beginning for beginners and I recommend the Professional to those who finished the Beginning book and to those that are already good at programming!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book... March 7 2005
By T. Fitzpatrick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
For years I'd gotten by with learning/copying JavaScript from existing websites, and used "JavaScript for the World Wide Web visual Quickstart guide" as my meager handbook. I finally decided to get serious about it.

Paul Wilton's book is very well-written and easy to follow. Even skimming the stuff I thought I knew I'd find cool new things I'd never heard of.

As a bonus, his section on Regular Expressions, another topic I'd found difficult for years, is a real eye-opener. He goes through the RegExp thought process step by step, gradully revealing more powerful options, with useful examples. I'm finally going to USE Regular Expressions! And I'm not the only one who found this enlightening. Wilton was hired to cover Regular Expressions in a few other books as well.

In short, I doubt I'll ever need another JavaScript book, and this was money well spent.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Thank You, Paul Wilton! Feb. 4 2005
By Jake Burkey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought the first edition of this text five years ago when I was just beginning to learn JavaScript, and I still refer to it on a regular basis despite having several other more advanced texts on Javascript, because the information in this text is so complete and well-explained. I am writing this review today because the book is here on my desktop as I am working on a script, and it occurred to me that I should take a moment to acknowledge what a valuable resource it has been for me.

The first edition is dated, of course, due to browser changes mainly. The transition from Classic ASP to ASP.NET is another area where the technology has changed, but the basic information on the language itself is as relevant as ever. That notwithstanding, I'll have to purchase the 2nd edition now that I'm aware of it's existence.

This book will gently but firmly take you from knowing nothing about Javascript to programming at an advanced beginner to intermediate level, and once you have worked through the entire book, you'll find yourself using it as a reference for the details of syntax or the useful little tricks, as well as the excellent documentation of the Javascript core and the various object models.

If you are looking for information on more advanced techniques, such as object-oriented construction or extension, or very advanced DHTML, you might consider a text such as Danny Goodman's, or the Wrox Professional JavaScript 2nd Ed., or the Javascript Developers Dictionary which is available new for just a few bucks and is not bad at all.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
An excellent book Sept. 17 2005
By Keith Barnett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When this book arrived I thought my gosh what am I in for here, it's got nearly 1000 pages! But then I started to work through and was pleasantly surprised at the effort the author has put into ensuring that the reader understands everything being set forth. It's particularly good that the basics of important material from previous chapters are briefly reiterated when they are being put into practical use in the next chapter.

The only reservation I have is with the exercises at the end of each chapter; it would have been good to have had small exercise sections through each chapter instead of just a broad sweep of a few exercises at the end. A lot of material is covered and I found it hard to absorb except in very small sections. Still, if this were the case, the book would probably be twice the length! It all comes down to what suits different readers. It's great that the code for the various examples can be downloaded from the publisher's site, but I find it's best to type the code in line by line and read the explanatory text with it.

I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone starting out webpage design. It will be money well spent.


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