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JavaScript: The Definitive Guide: Activate Your Web Pages [Paperback]

David Flanagan
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May 13 2011 0596805527 978-0596805524 Sixth Edition

Since 1996, JavaScript: The Definitive Guide has been the bible for JavaScript programmers—a programmer's guide and comprehensive reference to the core language and to the client-side JavaScript APIs defined by web browsers.

The 6th edition covers HTML5 and ECMAScript 5. Many chapters have been completely rewritten to bring them in line with today's best web development practices. New chapters in this edition document jQuery and server side JavaScript. It's recommended for experienced programmers who want to learn the programming language of the Web, and for current JavaScript programmers who want to master it.

"A must-have reference for expert JavaScript programmers...well-organized and detailed."
—Brendan Eich, creator of JavaScript, CTO of Mozilla

"I made a career of what I learned from JavaScript: The Definitive Guide.”
—Andrew Hedges, Tapulous

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About the Author

David Flanagan is a programmer and writer with a website at 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Y. Lu
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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.


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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What can you say? It's definitive. July 11 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book June 3 2011
By Saad
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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3.0 out of 5 stars COIK May 20 2012
By Lewiss
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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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