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About the Author

Raffaele Cecco is a veteran software developer from the European video games industry. He served as Technical Director at London-based software studio King of the Jungle Ltd, where he created software for clients such as Hasbro and Virgin. He has also worked with web technologies and retail e-commerce systems.


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Fun read for the intermediate JavaScript developer Aug. 22 2011
By Jeroen Oliemans - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I like that the book begins with a DHTML example, this makes the reader really understand the fact that building the web is possible with many tools and that each tool has its cons and pros. The newest toys ( canvas, webgl etc ) aren't necessarily the best or the fastest to build a proper user experience. In the beginning of the book the reader get acquainted with; the browser landscape, sprites, framerates and best practices for working with the DOM which is a pain for performance. The code examples are clear and luckily without excessive comments, which makes the example easy to read for the more experienced developers which are books target group.

The next chapters concern page enhancing techniques like scrolling effects, ui-libraries and shows the best way to create user interface elements form scratch. Al these chapters are a fine introduction for the more performance hungry subjects of games.

The second part of the book dicusses games, staring with a DHTML version of space invaders. This game example incorporates a lot previeous learned techniques en demonstrates the power and performance of well used DHTML.
Of course the power of the newer toys are easy to see with the examples in the book for example the ( recursive ) tree example is a brilliant example of the performance of the canvas element. The bigger part of this book emphasizes on the canvas element. The book clearly demonstrates the posibillities and raw power of the element.
The following chapters cover mobile javascript graphics, phonegap and the Google Charts API.

At first the mix of topics seemed strange to me, however the chapter were really fun to read and I will definitilly use Google Charts in upcoming projects if needed. jQuery Mobile is equally interesting, though personally I would probably take a more responsive way in the future with embedding the touch events into a global library for websites.

Bottom line

this book definitely is a fun read supported by excellent examples for medior to advanced javascript developers who develop applications at his moment, the author makes use of contemporary, but proven libraries and API's . Which is a plus these days with swift innovation cycles.

Supercharged JavaScript Graphics

Disclaimer: I was provided access by O'Reilly Publishing to an electronic copy of this book for review purposes.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A great book that provides straightforward insight Oct. 20 2011
By Leslie Harback - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
These days there are a ton of Javascript books out there. So many that it becomes difficult to sift through them all to find the one that's appropriate to your knowledge level and style of learning. Fortunately, Raffaele Cecco's Supercharged Javascript Graphics fills that role admirably.

The book runs the gamut of Javascript graphical effects, all explained in a way that's somewhere between a super dry omnibus tome that attempts to describe the language and its entire use and a 'cookbook' style super-topical volume that maybe doesn't go into as much detail as you'd like. I was delighted to find relatively in-depth approaches to things that I've never attempted, but that I still found fascinating to read about: 3D Carousels, multiple methods of scrolling, tilemaps, and animations, to name just a few. Again, these are things that, on starting this book, I had not really thought of using, but now that's I've read about them, I'm sure I'll have to work them into some Web design work.

I could discuss any number of sections of the book in detail, but as a game programmer, it only seems appropriate that I would gravitate that section of the book; in Chapter 5, the author begins the process of recreating a variation on a personal favorite game of mine, Space Invaders, called Orbit Assault. This alone is worth the price of this book, for me at least. While the game code itself is not especially complex (nor is the game itself, for that matter) stepping the reader through the entire process of creating sprites, importing game assets, and setting up the engine and user input is nicely self-contained and useful. I've personally not attempted to make a Javascript game, but after reading this, I suspect I'll give it a go, after seeing the ease with which it can be accomplished.

I've wracked my brain to think of a shortcoming of the book. Certainly Cecco's writing style is pleasant and accessible, the examples given are straightforward, useful, and never esoteric, and it's even organized nicely, flowing from one related subject to the next. I guess if I had to identify one issue, it's that at 280 pages it's a little too short. In the future I'd love to see more from the author on the same subject.

The bottom line? As with a lot of O'Reilly books, you're getting a great value, a solidly constructed book, and a well written one at that. If you're a Javascript developer, a game programmer who has interest in browser-level game creation, or if you're just interested in learning about these thing, go get yourself a copy. I doubt you'll regret it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
supercharge your skills Sept. 27 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Suppercharged graphics brings a fairly broad topic into a condensed format that the beginer can learn from, the intermediate can expand their knowledge and the advanced can reference. The ouline discribes very well what the book covers. One note for beginers, not to scare them off, you do need to develope a good grasp of quasi classes (javascipt doesnt have classes like other C type languages), callbacks and patterns. Great utility book.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A fun way to deepen your knowledge of JavaScript Oct. 7 2011
By Ricardo Bánffy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I loved reviewing this book. Not only I learned a lot of new, cool tricks, the methods, tools and techniques I learned, from JavaScript code optimization to proper usage of jQuery Mobile and PhoneGap, were well worth the time invested in reading the book. The text flows well and the examples are easy to follow, understand and apply to your projects. When there is more ground to be covered, the book will point you in the right direction to continue playing with the technologies introduced.

Fair warning: JavaScript can be very alien to people who come from other languages and you have to be reasonably proficient with JavaScript to make full use of this book.

Disclosure: This book was provided by O'Reilly Media as part of their blogger review program
Great Intermediate book March 5 2014
By Kenneth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great book for intermediates who have coding knowledge but may be just starting to experiment with the fun stuff. Enjoy.


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