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  • Paperback: 1096 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 6 edition (May 13 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596805527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596805524
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 6.1 x 23.3 cm
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
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Activate Your Web Pages

About the Author

David Flanagan is a programmer and writer with a website at http://davidflanagan.com. His other O'Reilly books include JavaScript Pocket Reference, The Ruby Programming Language, and Java in a Nutshell. David has a degree in computer science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives with his wife and children in the Pacific Northwest between the cities of Seattle, Washington, and Vancouver, British Columbia.


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Likes:

1. Absolutely an encyclopaedia of javascript, great reference book, covered most of the fundamentals and advanced features of the language.
2. If you are already familiar with the language, need to quickly lookup some thing, this is the book to have.

Dislikes:

1. If you are beginner trying to learn the language, this is not the book to get you a good start. (If you do, it will more feel like learning English using an Oxford dictionary, IMHO)

2. The structure of the book is awkward in many instances, contents about a certain topic are scattered throughout the book, the chapters will refer to each other all over the map, making it hard for readers to easily get the entire picture. For instance, on the topic of "Constructor functions", the content is scattered in chapter 4, chapter 6, chapter 8 and chapter 9, and within each chapter, it is covered in different sections. If you, like me, wants to get a complete picture about this topic, you will be sent to jump back and forth among 4 chapters, 9 sections, not a pleasant learning experience and not effective either.
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I learnt a lot from that book. I think it's the first time I understood what "closure" means! A lot of great tips about OO in javascript. The jQuery coverage is really good too.

Now, what you will not find in that book: even if there is a chapter about server-side Javascript, it's just a short introduction...Don't expect to become an node or Rhino expert.
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Perhaps too large to make it an ideal reference work, it's a wonderful learning guide for an intermediate to senior programmer needing to learn Javascript. Seems to cover all the applications I can imagine using Javascript for.
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By Lewiss on May 20 2012
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When reading this book you will find that in unfamiliar areas the writing is abstruse, lacking in examples, repetitive and strangely for a book this size, short on detail. In areas in which you have knowledge, the writing is clear and provides a good review of the subject. COIK is the applicable acronym: Clear Only If Known.
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