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Mike McGrath
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Book Sept. 29 2011
I purchased this book because it was part of the required text reading for the Beginners JavaScript course I was taking. Not only is it horribly written for anybody who's not used to this kind of jargon, it's riddled with errors. If it wasn't for the example files available for download, a person would be pulling their hair out trying to figure out why the exercises in the book are not working. As a new person to JavaScript, I shouldn't have to be concerned about whether the author/editor got it's act together and printed the book accurately.

After my course is finished, I will be putting this book in the recycling bin, and buying something better for reference material.
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I purchased this book because it was specified as the textbook to be used for an introductory Javascript course I will be taking. When trying out the examples mentioned in this book I immediately noticed that there are quite a few areas where the code is not correct or is missing entirely. Some examples include showing a "=" in place of "+=" and missing function definitions.

This will only serve to confuse students who are new to programming with Javascript.

The example data that can be downloaded from the publishers website is correct, however. Perhaps they noticed the problems and fixed these (but forgot to fix the contents of the books).
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2.0 out of 5 stars My review of Javascript: In Easy Steps May 13 2005
By K. Kochi - Published on
I am not a programmer. I am a person who designs web pages. Since this book was only ten bucks, I thought I would give it a try. This book does an ok job of teaching JavaScript. It will clearly walk you though each of the basic JavaScript functions and give you one example of how it works. You can download all the examples used in the book from their web site. However, this book does not teach you how to use functions together to build applications. I wish the book had exercises using combinations of JavaScript functions. It teaches you about the pieces but not how to put them together to build a simple application. I thought that teaching you how to build simple JavaScript applications would give you a greater understanding of how the functions work. Overall, this book is worth the ten dollars I paid for it. However, I will probably look for another JavaScript book with more practical applications.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good basic overview for people with some coding experience Jan. 23 2013
By Alex - Published on
I just completed this book and enjoyed the read. I am a college student in undergrad and have about a year's worth of experience in Java. I wanted to pick up a quick read to understand some of the basics of JavaScripting and found this book quite helpful. If you have no experience with programming or HTML this may be a difficult read. If you have some experience coding and know little about HTML(like me, for example) you will have to google a fair amount to get caught up. The author does not go into detail about much of anything, this is a simple, do-it-yourself type book that is right to the point and gets you on your feet. I have not tried actually JavaScripting on a website yet, but as far as a knowledge of the basics of the language and how the webpage is set up, I think this book does a fine job.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great, needs more explanation Nov. 30 2013
By Rob - Published on
Not very useful. I have several of his other books, which are pretty good. The one on Java was fine, for example. This one was not as clearly written as the other ones.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Rather Deceitful Title May 30 2005
By Rachelskirts - Published on
Though the title of this book would lead one to believe that the contents would be presented in "easy steps," I found this to be untrue. I read the book without having any experience working with JavaScript but with many years of experience with HTML. The starting tag presented in the very first chapter does not validate in xHTML, and I ran into several other complications throughout the following pages. The book makes a decent reference tool for simple codes, but, as was mentioned in a previous review, the author does not do a good job showing the reader how to combine steps. I had to do some creative programming on the side to figure out simple things like getting a pop-up window to open after a link has been clicked. Many times, I found myself wishing that the author had elaborated just a little further on the purpose for, effect of, and limitations on one command or another.

This book did not prove to be useful to me, and I'm sure it would prove troublesome for those with little or no experience with internet coding. All in all, I think there are better books on JavaScript out there for beginners.
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