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JavaScript Goodies [Paperback]

Joe Burns , Andree Growney
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Book Description

Oct. 29 2001 0789726122 978-0789726124 2

JavaScript Goodies, Second Edition is based on the most popular JavaScript tutorials at HTMLGoodies.com. It starts with the basics, including JavaScript syntax and common errors readers may encounter. It then continues with detailed lessons covering

  • Enabling mouse events
  • Using variables
  • Working with math operators
  • Writing loops

    Later chapters explain complex add-ons, including clocks and counters, passwords, and animation. The book finishes with a series of useful appendices readers can refer to for a quick reference of basic JavaScript features and commands.


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    A natural outgrowth of Joe Burns's comprehensive tips-orientated Java Goodies and HTML Goodies Web sites, JavaScript Goodies is a delightful combination of tutorials and quick examples to help you make the most of JavaScript in your Web pages.

    Burns provides a quick refresher on JavaScript scripting and the basics of the object model. But what can you actually do with JavaScript? The book illustrates how to produce effects in response to mouse events and perform image gymnastics. The presentation is so immediately rewarding that you may forget you're following a language tutorial.

    This guide is packed with real-world code you can use to spice up your pages. It also covers a wide range of topics that lead to holistic JavaScript knowledge, including arrays, random number generation, timer implementations, and user-interface techniques.

    Burns maintains all of the example code and assignments from the book on his site, as well as a zipped version of all the files for download. As he presents each technique, he discusses the concept, illustrates the code, and pulls it apart to show you how it works. Each discussion also includes assignments that are refreshingly fun. If dry language tutorials put you to sleep, this book will hold your attention. --Stephen W Plain --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

    From the Publisher

    This new edition of the best seller includes new JavaScript tips and additional tutorials by Joe Burns, creator of the popular HTML Goodies Web site. More than 250,000 people have learned JavaScript from Joe Burns and his HTML Goodies Web site. HTMLGoodies.com now serves nearly 2 million page views each week, almost double the views from 1999, when the first edition of JavaScript Goodies was published. This updated edition of the book covers the latest trends and JavaScript techniques, including dozens of new tutorials.

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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction for the complete novice June 26 2004
    Format:Paperback
    This is the JavaScript book for the non-programmer who knows some HTML and wants to learn how to enhance their web site with some JavaScript. The book assumes no knowledge of programming at all so even the complete novice can learn some programming skills. I used this book in my JavaScript class and by the time we got through the book, my students were even able to write some simple games like Blackjack and Craps.
    The book opens with a look at the main objects of a web page that are used in JavaScript and gives some example scripts that are explained in detail. In fact, the book is full of scripts that are used to explain each technique as you learn. The key concept of what an object is and what properties, methods, and events are is explained in some detail. Validating a form is explained. Image flipping and animation are covered. Example scripts will explain how to create scrolling text and a digital clock on your web pages. Basic programming techniques such as if statements, loops, and arrays are covered.
    Examples are really the one thing that make this book worth the investment. Each new subject being discussed is introduced with a script followed by explanations and further examples. Then an assignment is given to help you verify that you have learned the information covered. The solutions to all the assignments are on the author's website.
    The book covers the basics of JavaScript and will provide a good foundation for the novice. After reading this book you won't be an expert JavaScript programmer but you will be ready to move on to more complex programming tasks and more difficult books.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Great for JavaScript Concepts Jan. 24 2002
    By Bronwen
    Format:Paperback
    I discovered Joe Burns, Ph.D. and his online references years ago. Generally I like his stuff a lot, mainly because Joe has a real advantage over most people who write computer books - He is NOT a computer professional! His Ph.D. is in Communications!
    That means Joe excels at explaining the way things work, but he is not always as adept at writing good code.
    I actually tried to use this text for an introductory JavaScript class I teach. Given the organization and structure of the book (there are 55 lessons covered in 9 chapters), I expected few problems. Then we started keying in some of Joe's sample scripts.
    To be blunt, Joe's syntax sucks. He almost never uses closing semicolons at the end of his statements and he often does not use the correct case for reserved words or methods. Since JavaScript is a touchy programming language at best, these seemingly minor errors can drive a beginner (or expert) to distraction.
    In spite of the above comments, if you need a "how to" book to get you started in JavaScript, this is not a bad reference to begin with. The lessons are well organized and introduce beginners to basic programming concepts and theory, in spite of the syntactical errors they contain. I recommend, however, that you get O'Reilly's "JavaScript: The Definitive Guide" as a supplemental reference. The O'Reilly text will give you the CORRECT syntax (syntax is the computer equivalent of grammar, folks) plus lots of other nitty-gritty details that will come in handy as your skill level improves.
    Good luck!
    BKA
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good basics for beginners, but... Dec 23 2001
    Format:Paperback
    If you've ever wanted to try and learn some simple JavaScript, you've likely picked up one of these two types of books: the "for Dummies/Idiots/Simpletons/Morons" books (which I think tend to read as though they were *written* by dummies, etc.), or one of the "JavaScript bible" books that are about as think as your telephone book, and about as interesting reading as that, too.
    Well, hooray for Joe Burns, who, with co-author Andree Growney, have written a book simple enough for absolute beginners, yet not condescending or utterly simplistic. Each section gives you a script, shows screen shots of how it appears in a browser, and then tears it apart line by line, explaining new concepts and building on previously-learned ones. By the end of the book, even those with no previous JavaScript experience will feel confident in going forth and learning more complicated concepts.
    I really wanted to give this book five stars, because I just love Joe Burns' other "Goodies" books and web sites, and I love the concept and planning of this one. But, I had to lop off a star because of [what I suspect is] editorial sloppiness: several URL examples are incorrect, there are some typos in code examples, and that just isn't going to work in a book like this. I hope these will be fixed for future editions, because the rest of the book works well for beginners.
    Recommended for those with little or no JavaScript background (but beware the typos/bad URLs). Not recommended if you have some programming experience under your belt, because there's probably not much new here for you.
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    1.0 out of 5 stars Would be a really good book if.... Sept. 30 2001
    Format:Paperback
    This book would be a lot better if he showed how the code was positioned on a actual web page. The typed up code just doesn't cut it. Then he includes a screenshot of the code in action. NOt enough!!! His attitude is like"oh my codes workin what about yours???" What he has displayed in this book can go anywhere on your webpage. That is what is going to make Javascript very hard to learn. The best way to learn javascript is with a visual quickstart guide That shows you how the code is positioned and how it runs. This book [is bad]. No real world adaptations what so ever. People need to see where the javascript is positioned on the web page. That alone can cause the more complex scripts no to work. They need to know if it goes down in the body or up at the head of the page. All my [money] bought me was a bunch of typed up code with little or no explanation as to where all this stuff is supposed to be positioned. It's Just awful this book could have been a lot better if it was written with more thought.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book by Joe
    Joe Burn's has a unique talent to write technical stuff in a simple and easy to read style. He is an author that writes as if he is talking to you. Read more
    Published on March 16 2004 by Zev Saftlas
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
    I think this is a great book. The examples are right there, and Joe Burns explains the code LINE by LINE, in pretty much non-technical jargon. Read more
    Published on May 2 2003 by G. T. Sosnowski
    5.0 out of 5 stars Ashmith.com Web Developer Review - Great Beginner book !!
    This is the best book I have seen on JavaScript. Joe Burns and Andree Growney have done a great job in explaining and experimenting JavaScript. Read more
    Published on Dec 21 2002 by A. Singh
    3.0 out of 5 stars START HERE!!!!
    Ok, you're not going to be a javascript wizard by reading this book. You may not even close the back cover with a complete understanding of the document object model, or what makes... Read more
    Published on Oct. 21 2002 by ewomack
    1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this book
    Save yourself the time, enegry and money you would have wasted on this book. The author is obviously NOT a programmer, and does not understand basic coding principles. Read more
    Published on Aug. 24 2002
    1.0 out of 5 stars JavaScript Goodies
    This is a Terrible book! I have never seen a more obnoxious book. It is full of code that doesn't work. Even copying and pasting from his web site doesn't work. Read more
    Published on May 29 2002 by Leta Gonzales-Pyryt
    2.0 out of 5 stars No "good" in "goodies"
    As a computer science major already familiar with some object oriented programming, I did not find this book helpful. Read more
    Published on Dec 4 2001
    5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER GOOD BOOK
    If you want to learn java steap by steap by steap buy this book its the best one ive ever read...youll thank yourself
    Published on Oct. 28 2001 by Zach Goodwin
    5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for the beginner or expert
    Java Script Goodies is an excellent follow up to Html goodies.
    Joe Burns has a way of breaking down this seamingly difficult language into plain and understandable english. Read more
    Published on Sept. 19 2001
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