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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2013
Likes:

1. Absolutely an encyclopaedia of javascript, great reference book, covered most of the fundamentals and advanced features of the language.
2. If you are already familiar with the language, need to quickly lookup some thing, this is the book to have.

Dislikes:

1. If you are beginner trying to learn the language, this is not the book to get you a good start. (If you do, it will more feel like learning English using an Oxford dictionary, IMHO)

2. The structure of the book is awkward in many instances, contents about a certain topic are scattered throughout the book, the chapters will refer to each other all over the map, making it hard for readers to easily get the entire picture. For instance, on the topic of "Constructor functions", the content is scattered in chapter 4, chapter 6, chapter 8 and chapter 9, and within each chapter, it is covered in different sections. If you, like me, wants to get a complete picture about this topic, you will be sent to jump back and forth among 4 chapters, 9 sections, not a pleasant learning experience and not effective either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2011
I learnt a lot from that book. I think it's the first time I understood what "closure" means! A lot of great tips about OO in javascript. The jQuery coverage is really good too.

Now, what you will not find in that book: even if there is a chapter about server-side Javascript, it's just a short introduction...Don't expect to become an node or Rhino expert.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2011
Perhaps too large to make it an ideal reference work, it's a wonderful learning guide for an intermediate to senior programmer needing to learn Javascript. Seems to cover all the applications I can imagine using Javascript for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2012
When reading this book you will find that in unfamiliar areas the writing is abstruse, lacking in examples, repetitive and strangely for a book this size, short on detail. In areas in which you have knowledge, the writing is clear and provides a good review of the subject. COIK is the applicable acronym: Clear Only If Known.
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on August 13, 2015
The best example source of the Javascript Language. Awesome book
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on October 5, 2014
The most comprehensive book on JavaScript ever produced.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2013
I continue to hold this book in high esteem, and the Sixth Edition is a huge improvement over the old edition that I had
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2012
This book which is the only one that Douglas Crockford reccomends is awesome, complete and concise. I recommend this book to either the beginner or the javascript afficionnado.
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