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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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on April 21, 2016
Many developers praise this book, but in my opinion it did not live up to what the author claimed. It's very negative documentation of JavaScript, by someone who is making a point of telling you he's an expert. There are many, many occurrences of paragraphs, pages, or maybe even most of a chapter, where it really should be called JavaScript: The Hot&Steaming Pile. He may be an expert in JavaScript but sometimes the arrogance in the book is hard to just accept and move on past. And the negativity in spite of the title... also difficult. I didn't buy this book to learn all the things I shouldn't learn. I bought it to learn the *good* parts. And in fairness, the good parts are covered, eventually. Although, they seemed to me to come with a bit too much opinion on subjective aspects. Perhaps that is why this review also includes too much opinion on subjective aspects. ;) In spite of this, it is one of the standard books all JavaScript developers should probably read.

It's just that I think it needs an editor to go through and slash and burn some of The Bad Parts sections. Some discussion of that is needed, but I suspect the author used his expert status to intimidate his editor into making poor choices on what to cut.
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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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