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  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 3 edition (Jan. 18 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118026691
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118026694
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.5 x 4.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Magnitus on Nov. 25 2013
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This book is great. I used it to better learn JavaScript some time ago and now I come back to it every so often as a reference, because it is extremely thorough for the most part.

For the JavaScript student, chapter 1 to 7 cover JavaScript itself and are a must read. The material in those chapters is painstakingly detailed and will cover everything you need to know about JavaScript, short of writing a JavaScript interpreter. Also, not only is the material thorough, but very well explained as well.

However, it is worth noting that the book is heavily biased toward browser development and includes a lot of browser specific details that developers writing JavaScript strictly for another environment (notably, Node.js) won't need. As such, such users might be better served by another JavaScript book.

If you do intend to write JavaScript in the browser though, this book is your holy grail. In addition to the chapters mentioned above (plus chapters 17, 22 and 24), the other chapters cover various application specific JavaScript APIs for the browser. Those chapters are best left to be read later once you need them and can be read independently from each other once your JavaScript base is solid. For example, chapters 9 to 13 are unlikely to be of much use to you if you use jQuery (or other libraries) for feature detection, event handling or DOM manipulation unless you really want to know what is happening under the hood in more details than you'll likely need.

The book also gives a suitable introduction to HTML5 APIs, though seriously learning some of those APIs is best done with a book more dedicated to that topic with Canvas coming to mind as the worst offender here (chapter 15 dedicates 35 pages to it, but there are entire books written about it).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By elginblatherford on June 28 2013
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This is a decent book. I needed to learn JavaScript. I have several other languages under my belt. You can always depend on the Wrox books to provide a comprehensive reference for a programming language. This book balances an easy reading style with a comprehensive coverage of JS and related scripts. The DOM levels are covered rather well. JSON and AJAX are introduced, as well, relevant HTML 5 features are judiciously referenced.

This is quite a thick book. It goes into a lot of JS history, and gives you a better understanding of the JS standard, evolution, current state, and compatibility. Spending so much time under the hood, this book is more suited towards professionals and programmers who understand the technical value of a well rounded exposition.

There are some technical mistakes, none threatening. There is also a lot of repetition. The author's prose is rather unique and his propensity to refresh your from the previous chapters might get on some nerves. For that reason, it lost one star.

There are many JS books out there. Some are for web hobbyists and some are for aspiring pros who want to be taught the ropes by a real pro. If you are looking to dig into JS libraries like ember, node, etc... and try out asynchronous techniques, you will be well prepared to do so after going through this book. I looked at some other JS books and none are as comprehensive and well organized as this one.

If you liked the style of other Wrox books, and want to learn JS the proper way, you will like this book.
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It gets into a lot of details, read it from cover to cover I feel as though I have great understanding of JavaScript and the enviorment in which I am working.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 13 2014
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Exactly what I was looking for - a well written JavaScript book geared to experienced web developers. It is clearly written with adequate detail and explanation.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tandy Sean Arnold on Feb. 6 2014
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This is a great book on JavaScript and a great reference that you can draw on throughout your career. I really loved this book.
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