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Beginning JavaScript [Paperback]

Paul Wilton
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Dec 1 2000 Programmer to Programmer
JavaScript is the language of the Web. Used for programming all major browsers, JavaScript gives you the ability to enhance your web site by creating interactive, dynamic and personalized pages. Our focus in this book is on client-side scripting, but JavaScript is also hugely popular as a scripting language in server-side environments, a subject that we cover in later chapters.

Beginning JavaScript assumes no prior knowledge of programming languages, and teaches you all the fundamental concepts that you need as you progress. After covering the core JavaScript language, you'll move on to learn about more advanced techniques, including Dynamic HTML, using cookies, debugging techniques, and server-side scripting with ASP. By the end of this book, you will have mastered the art of using JavaScript to create dynamic and professional-looking web pages.

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Javascript is the only scripting language that runs in all the leading Web browsers, making it an essential part of the Web developer's tool kit. The language itself is not especially difficult to learn, but it becomes more challenging when you include related topics such as HTML forms, dynamic HTML and cross-browser compatibility. Beginning JavaScript, which is suitable for beginning or intermediate programmers, covers all these topics and more to provide a complete Javascript handbook.

Early chapters cover language basics, such as data types, functions, conditions and loops, string handling, and programming with objects. The authors explain how to control the Web browser by programming its object model, and how to combine scripts with forms. There is a guide to debugging with Netscape and Microsoft Internet Explorer, and a chapter on using cookies to store user preferences.

A substantial part of the book is focused on Dynamic HTML and how to write scripts that control the content of the page. There is a clear explanation of the DOM (document object model), as specified by the W3C Web standards group. Finally, there is a look at extending browser capabilities with ActiveX controls or plug-ins, and server-side scripting with Active Server Pages, including database access. Several appendixes offer a language reference and object models for Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator 4.0. Sadly Netscape 6.0 is not covered, but it is not quite as bad as it sounds since Netscape 6.0 closely follows the official DOM. --Tim Anderson

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This book is for anyone who wants to learn JavaScript. You will need a very basic knowledge of HTML, but no prior programming experience is necessary. Whether you want to pick up some programming skills, or want to find out how to transfer your existing programming knowledge to the Web, then this book is for you. All you need is a text editor (like Notepad) and a browser, and you're ready to go!

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3.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough, but needs to get to the point April 15 2003
I bought this book as an amateur web site author trying to learn some new tricks for my site, and hoping to ease my way into some more serious web authoring. The good news is that this book is incredibly thorough and detailed. The bad news is that he takes you through it all at his pace, instead of helping you get what you want out of it. Put another way, I found this book very user-unfriendly.
First of all, I wanted to learn a couple really basic things for my site -- like how to make a pop-up window -- and then move onto more advanced things. But instead of a TOC that reads something like, "How to make a pop-up window" he uses all JavaScript lingo that means nothing to a beginner. The index is the same way, and so I'm forced to go through this book at HIS pace -- trying to learn a whole bunch of stuff I have no interest in --instead of my own, and still don't know how to do the few things I wanted to learn first.
On the good side, this book is extraordinarily thorough and detailed, and he does an excellent job of explaining how the scripts work. However, overall I feel that it will be far more useful as a reference than as a learning book, and now I may have to shell out another $40 for a book because I'm not sure I can suffer through another chapter of this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A big big big big big big big big good book... Jan. 6 2003
By ewomack
It's a big book. It's a very big book. It taught me Javascript to a point where I was writing code from my head. Patience is required, but it will pay off. The author covers everything from beginning programming concepts, to the Javascript Document Object Model (which will help down the road with many aspects of programming), to Dynamic HTML (i.e., making things fly across the screen or making dynamic menus), database programming with Javascript and ASP, and Active X. It's much more than a beginner's book.
Right off the bat the book discusses errors and how to interpret them (an inevitability for any Javascript programmer). That way, as you make mistakes, or mistype something (you will, we all do), you'll know how to handle it instead of flipping through the book screaming for answers.
An added bonus is that you build an application as you go. When you're done with the book you have a working Javascript app that you can easily edit to your own whims and publish on the web.
I can honestly say that, as I read this book, I experienced none of the frustration I usually experience with programming books. The code examples worked, typos were incredibly scarce, and I knew what to do with those "I have to hit something now!!" errors that arise in any programming endeavor.
It's fair to say that this is not only a good beginning Javascript book, it's also a good introduction to programming. You can write code and easily see instant results, which can be gratifying for a beginner.
A good book. Buy and learn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To the point and simple to understand Nov. 21 2002
By A Customer
I needed to refresh myself on JavaScript since I hadn't looked at it for a year or two and really haven't gotten into programming it much. I have read the first 100 pages, word for word and it is just like having a college professor with you only is speaks to you so you can understand it and JavaScript syntax easily.
Also, his examples are excellent. He will start off with a small piece of code and build on it section through section while incorporating new items each time such as arrays, objects, etc. so that you are basically like I said, being taught.
Experience programmers can still use it as a reference because his writing style is to the point so therefore you can find syntax quickly.
He explains items to look out for and common mistakes also that only an experience programmer would go through saving you a lot of hard aches with syntax pointers.
This book would be excellent for a college student in CIS or CS, I wish I had this one while I was in CIS, it would have gone well along with my course book.
If you are a beginner, you better read it like a book or you will keep jumping around confused if you don't know the basics of programming, syntax, functions, and interactions with forms and ASP. Patience to all beginners, don't try to skim this book quickly unless you are using it as a reference.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Quality Oct. 31 2002
This has got to be the best Javascript book for beginners around by far. The book covers every aspect of Javascript i.e. variables, arrays, control structures, conditional statements etc. This has also got to be the first Javascript book I have ever read that actually bothers to point out the difference between the BOM and the DOM. Most books just suggest everything is part of the DOM, but not this one.
The authors writing style is gentle and there are numerous code examples throughout the book to reinforce the theory. This clearly isn't a book for those who only want to learn a few Javascript tricks; this book is for those who have a serious interest and commitment to learning the language, as it is the kind of book that can take a few months to get through.
If I have any criticism of this book it would be the DHTML sections. Although it is nice to see how Javascript interacts with other languages, I feel this book goes overboard with DHTML. It can't teach you DHTML as well, so you'd be happy with a taster, but this taster goes on to long. It also has a basic ASP tutorial, and a tutorial that shows how to connect your web pages to a database. I found these two tutorials very useful.
Although not all properties and methods are covered (most are listed in the Appendix) the book still does what it sets out to do, and that is teach you Javascript, and it does an excellent job of that. Buy it, you won't regret it!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book confuses the issues and doesn't get to the syntax
Instead of defining all the attributes of say "Request.QueryString" into differenct contexts like Javascript <var> and HTML <input value=>, he muddles around... Read more
Published on April 16 2004 by Baiss E. Magnusson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners
I chose this book as my introduction to JavaScript and am quite pleased with it. It pretty well covers all the basics and is worth a straight-through read. Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2003 by Lyman Hale
4.0 out of 5 stars Beware: Not the Second Edition!
I already have a copy of the year 2000 edition of this book and it was a great book. I found this 2003 book and I ordered one because I thought it was the second edition. Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2003 by K. Okada
4.0 out of 5 stars old code but covered very well by this book
I have been using javascript on and off and for a while I
hav stayed away from it due to poor material and bad
presentation on some very bad books. Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2003 by .Net learner
5.0 out of 5 stars Best if kept on your Desk at all times
You won't be ashamed to have this "Beginning" book on display on your desk. It's easy to use and very descriptive. Plenty of examples and they work! Read more
Published on April 7 2003 by P. McDaniel
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a 9.5 on a 10 scale...!
After reading Beginning ASP 3.0 by Chriss Ullman and his gurus last summer . I wanted to know more about javascript. So i got this book. its grrreaat...! Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The best there is
I have read a few Javascript book and this is by far the best. If you are a beginner or have basic knowledge start with this. Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2003 by "ja7000"
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome examples that work.
The biggest problem these days with computer books is that usually the examples don't work when YOU try them? (usually not your fault either). Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2003 by Robert N. Schroeter
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book!
This book starts out a bit slow, but it gets very good! It covers all the major topics including how to parse forms and input/output stuff. Read more
Published on Dec 22 2002 by Rjs32
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