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April 5 2010 0321700953 978-0321700957 1
JavaScript is an object-oriented scripting language that enables you to modify a document's structure, styling, and content in response to user actions. This handy pocket serves as both a quick introduction to the language and acts a valuable reference. It's packed with tips as well as JavaScript syntax, methods, and properties. Concise and inexpensive, it's exactly the guide many web designers and developers need.

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (April 5 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321700953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321700957
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 14 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #554,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best "little" JavaScript Reference You Can Buy June 3 2010
By Frank Stepanski - Published on
JavaScript over the years has really prgressed into the most used programming language on the web today. Almost every website today uses some form of JavaScript, whether it be used within a server-side programming technology like ASP.NET or a JavaScript library like jQuery or Mootools, or YUI or creating UI components like widgets. JavaScript is everywhere and if you do any sort of web design or development you need to get a hang on it.

There are lots of online resources on JavaScript, and I mean LOTS. But it may take you awhile to go through it all to find what you specifically want. So there are LOTS of books you can get as well on JavaScript, but if you already have a basic understanding of JavaScript, most are way more than you need. When your working on something, you just need a quick and easy way to find a reference on an object or property or technique in JavaScript and this book will be exactly what you need.

This is an excellent book covering all the basics, language syntax, object bascis, DOM properties and methods, Ajax overview and much more. This 'little' book covers more than you could every imagine and also covers more intermeidate-advanced topics such as creating drop-down menus, image slide-shows, Ajax, and much more.

I love this little book and will be the first book I grab for when I need to figure out something in JavaScript. Best money can buy!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My "goto" JavaScript book March 4 2011
By R. Sung - Published on
As a server side developer, I lost touch with the recent advances in JavaScript. This book helped me immensely in getting familiar and getting proficient in JavaScript again. Yes, like the other reviewer mentioned, there are tons of online tutorial and references on the topic. However, majority lack the quality and completeness of a well authored book. Best thing about this book is that it is a 'pocketguide', meaning it's concise and to the you can get back to doing your work (instead of reading a book).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite the reference I was hoping for.. April 4 2014
By Chris Sebrell - Published on
I would expect a little guide on Javascript to include all the language basics. Unfortunately, the author decided to leave some basic Javascript stuff out (like the Date and RegExp objects!) yet include chapters on jQuery, Moo, and YUI.

Want to learn about the Date datatype? Check the index.. ok.. page 264.. Go to page 264.. Oh! A *side bar* message saying "...I haven't discussed the Date datatype yet, but it's one of the built in types like String and Function." .. he then gives 3 trivial examples of creating a date, and (*brushes hands off*, whew!) that's it for dates!

Regular expressions? Maybe a 1/2 page reference of the escape codes and meanings? You know, something you'd find in a pocket guide/reference? Let's check it out.. Index says page 39 and 125.. Page 39? Oh, suprise, another side bar message talking about how complicated regular expressions are and he'll try and explain any that he uses but you should look elsewhere (other books, online) if you want to learn about them.

As a quick reference, this book falls way short. As a beginner guide, yet not covering all the basic Javascript concepts and types, I suppose it's okay. I would have concentrated on the Javascript more and left the jQuery/Moo/YUI out.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Reference May 3 2013
By DigiKiwam - Published on
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Nice to add this to my growing collections of language books. Not a lot of information but just the RIGHT information. If you know Javascript and are looking for a quick and handy reference book for those lesser used features - then this is it.
If you are starting Javascript and have the basics but still need to learn syntax and methods - then this is it.
If you are looking for a complete reference manual for all things Javascript - then this is NOT it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than most full sized books Aug. 24 2012
By Grego - Published on
This book is full of nice, short examples of how to do things. I've used it more than any other reference I have on javascript. Just the right size - not too long, not too short.

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