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JavaScript: The Good Parts
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2009
If you are new to JavaScript read this one first. Sure you will need to get another general JavaScript, book however at least you will be coding the way JavaScript should be written.

Coming from a C+/C#/VB background I always found JavaScript hard work. I know this is because the debugger etc in Visual Studio hides a lot of complexity and makes it easier for me. However that's the way it should be, I should not have to spend hours or days trying to debug two lines of code.

That aside this book took my OO knowledge and dragged me into the world of classless coding and made it understandable and interesting. Prior to reading this book I found a lot of JavaScript to be confusing and down right dumb. It's still confusing and downright dumb but at least I know why and can attempt to not make the same mistakes.

Please Note. This will NOT teach you how to solve particular problems in JavaScript. What it does is show you the direction you should take to resolve it.

Highly recommended particularly for people new to JavaScript with OO development background.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2011
As a Java web developer, I've used JavaScript quite a bit over the years, but never really liked it. Reading this book has changed my entire perception of JavaScript. It has given me a new appreciation of the language. Instead of mechanically explaining the syntax of the language, this book actually explains what is good about JavaScript, how to use it so that it will be a trusty friend (by focusing on its good parts) rather than a troublemaking backstabber (by avoiding the bad, ugly, and awful parts).

I have great respect for the author and appreciate his taking the time to write this book. It was a pleasure to read and got me excited about JavaScript because it was a tremendous help in learning how to use the language properly. Perhaps it is not a book for beginners, but if you know the basics but are tired of "programming by coincidence" and want to learn how to really effectively use the language, and actually have an easier time doing it because you will focus on a few very good parts (and flush out the bad parts from your memory), I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2013
This book pulls no punches. The author tears the language apart and rebuilds it with only the "good parts", showing how to create well-designed, maintainable, and secure programs in Javascript. The core language is not significantly different today than it was when this book was written so it has lost none of its relevance. Highly recommended for experienced programmers who want to lean how to use Javascript properly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2011
The book distills good taste, which is not surprising coming from such author.
Moreover, I don't remember having seen Javascript's inner workings explained so clearly and elegantly.
Last but not least: it's short ... "little is beautiful".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2014
If you are use to big programming books, this book is nothing like it. The information is concise and to the point. Great read, and enlightening. Having some JavaScript knowledge is helpful, but not necessary.
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I was a bit pessimistic about this book. I really didn't want another beginners how to programming book, after all I have been programming in other languages for a few years. This book surprised me though, I really learned a lot about how JavaScript works, and the misconceptions people normally have when they are coming from other classical object oriented languages. I definitely recommend this to anyone who is wanting to learn JavaScript or even those who are just exploring JavaScript frameworks for the first time.
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on November 14, 2014
Dense, clear and concise. Very opinionated, which is a good thing. The breakdowns of code structure are really useful, but sometimes they are hard to follow, but this is a great book overall.
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on February 14, 2011
This book is just as enjoyable as everyone says it is. Douglas Crockford makes JavaScript make sense. Explains best practices and useful patterns.. It helps make [...] even more fun.
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on December 4, 2014
Absolutely fantastic. Douglas has put together a great book on JavaScript and its many pitfalls and good parts.

His coverage of closures and objects is incredible.
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on March 16, 2012
This book is a MUST for any javascript programmer.
Douglas Crockford goes over all the important topics in javascript giving clear definitions with complete examples
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