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JavaScript Bible [Paperback]

Danny Goodman , Michael Morrison , Paul Novitski , Tia Gustaff Rayl

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Book Description

Nov. 9 2010 0470526912 978-0470526910 7
The bestselling JavaScript reference, now updated to reflect changes in technology and best practices

As the most comprehensive book on the market, the JavaScript Bible is a classic bestseller that keeps you up to date on the latest changes in JavaScript, the leading technology for incorporating interactivity into Web pages. Part tutorial, part reference, this book serves as both a learning tool for building new JavaScript skills as well as a detailed reference for the more experienced JavaScript user.

You'll get up-to-date coverage on the latest JavaScript practices that have been implemented since the previous edition, as well as the most updated code listings that reflect new concepts. Plus, you'll learn how to apply the latest JavaScript exception handling and custom object techniques.

Coverage includes: 

  • JavaScript's Role in the World Wide Web and Beyond
  • Developing a Scripting Strategy
  • Selecting and Using Your Tools
  • JavaScript Essentials
  • Your First JavaScript Script
  • Browser and Document Objects
  • Scripts and HTML Documents
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Window and Document Objects
  • Forms and Form Elements
  • Strings, Math, and Dates
  • Scripting Frames and Multiple Windows
  • Images and Dynamic HTML
  • The String Object
  • The Math, Number, and Boolean Objects
  • The Date Object
  • The Array Object
  • JSON - Native JavaScript Object Notation
  • E4X - Native XML Processing
  • Control Structures and Exception Handling
  • JavaScript Operators
  • Function Objects and Custom Objects
  • Global Functions and Statements
  • Document Object Model Essentials
  • Generic HTML Element Objects
  • Window and Frame Objects
  • Location and History Objects
  • Document and Body Objects
  • Link and Anchor Objects
  • Image, Area, Map, and Canvas Objects
  • Event Objects

Practical examples of working code round out this new edition and contribute to helping you learn JavaScript quickly yet thoroughly.

 


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From the Back Cover

Get interactive with this definitive guide to JavaScript

Do you want to add interactivity to your web pages or gain more control over how browsers display your content? This bestselling guide shows you how to use JavaScript to give your site visitors a more engaging experience. Packed with sample code and ready-to-use scripts, it helps you quickly master JavaScript fundamentals and deploy strategies that best suit your web goals. You'll be on your way to writing scripts for rollover effects, taking advantage of Web 2.0, using JavaScript subr

  • Explore the latest advances in JavaScript programming

  • Develop a scripting strategy and select the right tools

  • Master closures, generators, and iterators

  • Apply the latest JavaScript exception handling and custom object techniques

  • Harness the power of the Document Object Model

  • Launch Web 2.0 applications using Ajax, E4X/XML, and JSON

  • Perform data entry validation and enhance security

  • outine libraries, and more!

What's on the CD-ROM?

You'll find a large collection of extras on the CD-ROM, including a searchable e-version of the book with additional reference details, and 29 bonus JavaScript chapters on advanced topics such as data-entry validation, debugging scripts, cross-browser dynamic HTML issues, and more.

Also on the CD:

  • 10 full-fledged JavaScript applications

  • 300+ ready-to-run scripts

  • All the code in the book

System Requirements: See the CD-ROM appendix for details and complete system requirements.

CD-ROM Included!

  • 29 bonus chapters

  • 300+ ready-to-run scripts

  • 10 real-world JavaScript applications

Make your web site interactive

Create dynamic content for today's browsers

Master Document Object Model concepts

About the Author

Danny Goodman is the author of numerous critically acclaimed and best-selling books, including The Complete HyperCard Handbook, Danny Goodman’s AppleScript Handbook, Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference, and JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook. He is a renowned authority on and expert teacher of computer scripting languages. His writing style and pedagogy continue to earn praise from readers and teachers around the world.

Michael Morrison is a writer, developer, toy inventor, and author of a variety of books covering topics such as Java, C++, Web scripting, XML, game development, and mobile devices. Some of Michael’s notable writing projects include Faster Smarter HTML and XML, Teach Yourself HTML & CSS in 24 Hours, and Beginning Game Programming. Michael is also the founder of Stalefish Labs (www.stalefishlabs.com), an entertainment company specializing in unusual games, toys, and interactive products.

Paul Novitski has been writing software as a freelance programmer since 1981. He once taught himself BASIC in order to write a machine language disassembler so that he could lovingly hack Wang’s OIS microcode. He has focused on internet programming since the late ’90s. His company, Juniper Webcraft, produces HTML-strict websites featuring accessible, semantic markup, separation of development layers, and intuitive user interfaces. He knows the righteousness of elegant code, the poignancy of living on the bleeding edge of wilderness, the sweet melancholy of mbira music, and the scorching joy of raising twin boys.

Tia Gustaff Rayl is a consultant who does development and training in database and Web technologies. Most recently she has published courseware for XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, and SQL. It comes as no surprise to those who know her that she began her software career with degrees in English and Education from the University of Florida. As is usual for most newcomers to the field, her introduction to computing was maintaining software. She went on to a long-standing career in the software industry in full life cycle system, application, and database development; project management; and training for PC and mainframe environments. In the mid-nineties she worked on early Web-enabled database applications, adding JavaScript to her repertoire. She continues to take on development projects to maintain her code-slinging skills. If she had any spare time (and money) she would go on an around-the-world cruise with her husband and two dogs.


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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good buy Jan. 6 2011
By L. Xue - Published on Amazon.com
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If you have to buy one book on javascript, don't buy this one, buy "Javascript: The Definitive Guide" instead. If you have to buy two books, three books, four books...then buy this one(but not before "Pro Javascript Techniques" and "Javascript: The Good Parts".

Those books will teach you the correct way to design and implement javascript programs, something that I am not sure Javascript Bible quite accomplishes. To be sure, Javascript Bible contains the most factual content out of any of the books I just mentioned, but you can get that factual content by searching "mozilla javascript <whatever it is you don't understand/DOM/Canvas/Events>" in Google. For all the facts in Javascript Bible, there's very little opinion about what constitutes a good program. I believe this is a crucial gap: just as there is good English style, there is good Javascript style, and a good introduction to the Javascript language ought to include good style guidelines.

In addition to the lack of style guidelines, much of the book is poorly organized(although, the section on DOM is excellent). XMLHttprequest(the technology behind Ajax) is relegated to a ebook on the attached CDRom, while many pages are wasted discussing antiquated browser compatibility issues(IE 5, really?).It's clear that the authors have been too lazy to keep each revision up to date with the most relevant information, and instead just kept on piling crap on top of crap by overflowing large portions of the book onto a CDRom(If you look at the contents, roughly 600 pages of the book are on CDRom). I bought a book so I could have information on paper!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb reference, excellent companion to "Beginning JavaScript" June 27 2011
By Piixel Pusher - Published on Amazon.com
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I picked up this book while I was working my way through Beginning JavaScript precisely because I wanted an encyclopedic reference at my fingertips. It's not a textbook or a learn-by-building-a-project guide. But if you have to develop on a corporate intranet with 2700 IE 6 users, this book can be a lifesaver - it tells you what will work where, as well as syntactical differences when writing for different BOMs & DOMs.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Black boxed" fatally flawed, avoid this book Jan. 5 2012
By Jose Demarko - Published on Amazon.com
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Me have 200 computer books, paperback, and e. Make my living on computers.
Got the JavaScript Bible, in addition to a few others, as need to use javascript for database web applications and most of my reference material for this is over 4 years old. Even have the JavaScript Bilbe 6th edition. While the book is detailed on the topics, and the explinations are good, the code is useless for all practical purposes.

There are two reasons for this:
1.The authors think it is more important that you code to professional standards ( a good goal) so they have a link to all scripts. That is instead of using a block of code in the sample, they have an html page and then a js page. Now in production they are 100% right. For learning javascript, they couldn't be further out in left field. It just complicates everything for a beginner.
2. Even worse, is that nearly all/most of the javascript code, at least up to page 217, which is as far as I have read at the moment, requires their javascript library, which is not even printed but referred to as being on the cd, nor even briefly described as far as functions it contains, etc. You are just supposed to load it into your root directory, that is if you know enough to do that, and blindly follow their code as they give you the function calls and the parameters to use, again with no explanation. Er, uh, that is in their own words from pg 138
" NOTE:
The property assignment even-handling technique employed throughout the code in this chapter, and much of the book, is addEvent(), a cross browser event handler explained in detail in chapter 32 [ chapter 32 starts on page 1043 ], "Event Objects".

The addEvent () function is part of the script file jsb-global.js, located on the accompanying CD-ROM in the content folder where it is accessible to all chapter scripts."

Which I have "WEAK" penned in with an arrow to, in the margin of the book. This is ridiculous. It is like taking a painting course, like for portraits, and the instructor tells you that you need to use their "robo arm" that paints for you. WHAT?? So how is one supposed to take the concepts and use them in their own code if the code for these concepts doesn't work without the jsb-global.js file? Further, if you need to learn to use a library, why not start with the king of javascript libraries, jQuery?

This book is tragic. The explanations are top notch. The detail is a thing of beauty. It is minutely accurate from what I've read so far, a veritable work of art. And the code is useless with practical application near zero.

To the good is that by having multiple books on Javascript, the theory in the JavaScript Bible 7th ed is useful, because practical examples and code that one can play with for hands on experience, as in "Built it from scratch by myself" is available elsewhere.

Forced to give it only two stars as it is of less than average good to a beginner and requires hundreds of pages of reading, chapter 32 for instance, to understand what you are doing on page 138 and from what I can tell by skimming and taking their word for it, most of the rest of the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars JavaScript Bible Rocks!!! March 22 2014
By Margaret Rosa King - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent. JavaScript is an excellent method to supplement active pages. I recommend this book as a reference for all web developers
3.0 out of 5 stars A WEIGHTY TOME Dec 30 2013
By Krauthammer Wannabe - Published on Amazon.com
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The completeness of this tome hinders its usefulness. As a historical reference to Java Script, it is the most thorough I've seen. It provides many examples of coding for ancient browsers so your app is bullet proof. That's fine, but unnecessary like bringing a buggy whip on your road trips.

As reference guide, it lacks in useability--it's hard to dig through the detailed references to get to the meat of things. There's a DVD that's equally unfriendly as the authors' obsession with copyright protection prevents you from getting to the information unless you use their menus to get to protected pdf documents. They even encrypt the documents so you can't convert them to a more useable format. I actually get more out of a free JS app for my Kindle.

I would not buy this book again. I guess it depends upon what you want, a history book or an easy-to-use reference guide. You don't get both with this offering.

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