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This book attains the usual high standards of O'Reilly books with clear,entertaining writing and a good presentation. -- Robert Judd, Front Range Unix Users Group, 11 March 2002See all Product Description
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I liked the piece on context-sensitive help files. Nothing is really complex or visually impressive. But it's core functionality that you can implement quickly, it's useful for the end user, and you can build on that technique both in your current and future applications.
The code could be better (as could anyone's). There is a strong focus on using local variables instead of global and the naming conventions make following the logic from one function to the next a little difficult. This, however, does not diminish the value of the concepts presented.
To use the book, you "MUST" download the files. Not only are they a lot easier to read, you can comment them extensively as you go and pick up logic bits.
An inportant suggestion is to not blow through the example application too quickly. If you take the time to take them apart, modify them and reassemble, you will pick up much more than just running them reading the code and moving on.
I bought it, used it and would buy it again...
Chapter one's search engine is not a lengthy script, but takes a while to digest because so many local variables are used. While this is economical, it makes picking up the logic flow from one function to the next a little more difficult. Having said that, the concepts presented in the code are well worth the effort to work through every line.
Downloading the zip file is the only way to go with this book. the code in the book is, due to format limitations, much more difficult to follow than the code viewed in a good editor. Besides you can comment the code line-by-line if that helps you.
After fully mastering the approach of any one of the samples, you can begin immediately to see ways to either expand or apply the code. That's really what most of us are looking for.
Thanks for writing it.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
The text is focused on providing ready built constructs that can be applied to any website. In summary this book contains 11 application constructs. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2003
Not a cookbook, not well-organized, not very helpful.
He recommends syntax that is harder to read and understand because it saves a few bytes of memory--he may have experience... Read more
I bought this book about 3 weeks ago to help with my newest assignment at work. WOW! IT works wonders with all good browsers (sorry, Netscape isn't in this section). Read morePublished on April 4 2001 by kiwi19808
I purchased this book and downloaded the sample code from O'reilly. I then applied the errata from the o'reilly site. Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2000
I definately stress that you have some experience with Java script before diving into this book but it is by far one of the best intros I've read. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2000 by Brian Donnelly
I must say I don't understand some of you saying this book isn't what you hoped for - you certainly didn't know what you were buying. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2000
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