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I really love O'Reilly pocket reference books. They're on my 1st shelve :-P
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From the preface:
1. You travel
2. You'd rather flip through 288 pages rather than 1000 pages
If you don't own the definitive guide, buy this and save yourself $25.
I reviewed this book as an ePub on the iPad for O'Reilly's Blogger Review Program.
I am an owner of the 2nd edition, which is just wonderful, and I was very much looking forward to the 3rd edition, which supposedly would expand to include the new technologies that have emerged.
It does indeed include the new technologies, but the entire book is no longer a "quick reference", but instead a mini version of a regular old technology chapter book.
The 2nd edition was perfect for this. I could quickly flip through the book to find (for example) the methods of the Date object.
If I want to do that with this 3rd edition -- wait a minute, I just tried finding even the basic info about the Date object in the Index, and it's not even there! So I was about to say I could no longer find it by quickly scanning the top of the pages, but now I have to change that to say that there is no place in the book that includes the various methods of the Date object.
Want to know what properties and methods exist in the Regular Expression (RegExp) object? You can read a few paragraphs of text under the heading, "RegExp Properties and Methods", but there is no table of properties and methods. If you even want to track down this info in the book, you need to check the Index, or else be really good at scanning text as you flip pages.
Bewildering and disappointing, especially after a really good 2nd edition.
I really like the 2nd edition and use it a lot, and was hoping to get the *same* book, just updated to the latest version of the language.
As a pocket guide, by quickly browsing the book, it looks like it deserves at least 4 stars, but this review is for the pocket reference.
Disappointing. It does have some of what I was looking for, but it's not easy to find, and it's not as in depth about the requirements and usages of the functions as I was hoping for. Shopping now for a real pocket reference! Disappointing considering the quality I have come to expect from O'Reilly.
If you're OK with that, you'll appreciate this book. If you want a Cliff's Notes version of a very large technical book, then you are in luck.
I wanted a pocket reference that was a reorganization of the data in concise, compact units. I felt the small format deserved a comprehensive remodeling of the book structure, but they just shrunk the bigger book down instead. I wanted a comprehensive index, but got a very limited selection of keywords because very little is discussed, although that little bit gets discussed at length. I really wanted to see API references for commonly used classes and libraries.
AFAIK, no book would match my expectations, but maybe this one will meet yours.