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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 Not really for the beginner March 18 2002
If you really are "beginning JavaScript", then I wouldn't recommend this book. It's a large, dense volume that goes into great detail. But trying to find, for example, how to do rollovers (image swaps) in the index is an exercise in frustration. Nothing under "rollovers", nothing under "image swaps", the references for "onMouseOver" lead to examples that are too complicated. ...
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Instead of defining all the attributes of say "Request.QueryString" into differenct contexts like Javascript <var> and HTML <input value=>, he muddles around with <Server-Side Scripting with ASP> probably the lamest web application environment around.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners Oct. 27 2003
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. The author builds several examples, expanding on them as the book progresses. Each time a large block of code is presented. If you can't figure out what is going on just by inspecting the code, each section is followed by a detailed 'how it works' explanation.
The book was thorough enough to give me a good understanding of just about everything I needed to know to begin developing a rather complex client-side application. I had to go to a more in-depth reference to learn how to assign an event handler with parameters to a control that was being generated by code, but that was about all that I did not find covered in this book.
I would definitely recommend this book to Javascript beginners, particularly those who are willing to read steadily through it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beware: Not the Second Edition! Aug. 15 2003
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. But I WAS WRONG. It is exactly the same as the 2000 edition, covering only NN up to ver 4 and IE up to 5. I had to return it at my own expense.
If you already have a first edition, DON'T BUY this book. You would end up with two copies of the same book. If you don't have a first edition, I would still recommend JavaScript Bible by Danny Goodman or O'Reilly's JavaScript than this book. They are more up-to-date.
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4.0 out of 5 stars old code but covered very well by this book Aug. 8 2003
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.
This book is exception for all those who have lost confidence
and compliments well with my later .net collection of books.
well done.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best if kept on your Desk at all times April 7 2003
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! After buying this book I thought I would upgrade after a few weeks but I was wrong... I still use this manual.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a 9.5 on a 10 scale...! Feb. 23 2003
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...! in true Wrox fashion the chapters are well laid out and very easy to grasp. the chapter on DHTML impressed me most. It presents you with drop-down Menus and hyper-links and other slick things that javascript can do that VisualBasicScript cannot do.. Javascript definitely is a must for any serious web developer and up 'n'coming webmaster. Dreamweaver MX has many of these javascript functionality in its click-drag-n-drop interface however it pays to know how the code also works.
One more Wrox phenomenon has dropped in my mail-box. Gooo- Wrox..!
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