5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reading
From the very first sample (Online Test), I knew this book...
Published on June 18 2002 by Scooby Doo
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting either
Published on Dec 6 1999 by chris nott
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book if you're past the fundamentals,
I liked the piece on context-sensitive help files. Nothing is really complex or visually impressive. But it's core functionality that you can implement quickly, it's useful for the end user, and you can build on that technique both in your current and future applications.
The code could be better (as could anyone's). There is a strong focus on using local variables instead of global and the naming conventions make following the logic from one function to the next a little difficult. This, however, does not diminish the value of the concepts presented.
To use the book, you "MUST" download the files. Not only are they a lot easier to read, you can comment them extensively as you go and pick up logic bits.
An inportant suggestion is to not blow through the example application too quickly. If you take the time to take them apart, modify them and reassemble, you will pick up much more than just running them reading the code and moving on.
I bought it, used it and would buy it again...
I bought the book expecting to pick up techniques to accomplish some serious client-side actions. After working through the first chapter, I was pleased with the purchase. This is a no nonsense book that gets right to some usable applications.
Chapter one's search engine is not a lengthy script, but takes a while to digest because so many local variables are used. While this is economical, it makes picking up the logic flow from one function to the next a little more difficult. Having said that, the concepts presented in the code are well worth the effort to work through every line.
Downloading the zip file is the only way to go with this book. the code in the book is, due to format limitations, much more difficult to follow than the code viewed in a good editor. Besides you can comment the code line-by-line if that helps you.
After fully mastering the approach of any one of the samples, you can begin immediately to see ways to either expand or apply the code. That's really what most of us are looking for.
Thanks for writing it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reading,
Right out of the book, there is no need to configure anything except to download the samples. Once you have it saved on your machine, it's time to make things happen. The best thing about the author's walk-through is that he tells you explicitly what is going on, and he offers ways to enhance each application. That's a must when you are looking for ideas from someone with as much knowledge as he has.
I see combining several chapters worth of code into a bigger and better application. For example, using the file I/O techniques used in the Online Test application in conjunction with the Slideshow application, one could create a database of images used and allow users to load and save them. Better yet, why not offer something like a shopping cart for your users to select which image to include in a slideshow. The possibilities are endless from the use of this book. If time permits, incorporate other functions and create a true scripting-library. Use the include directive to bring in what is needed to make your application lean and user-friendly.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good .. at being what it is,
I must say I don't understand some of you saying this book isn't what you hoped for - you certainly didn't know what you were buying. As for being an "application cookbook" this book does what it's supposed to do and does it well.
My impression of the code in the book is that it is clean and hi-qual, it works w/o glitches in 4.x gen browser, which really are what you should be developing for these days.
Only gripe is the price.. a little too much maybe.. but I guess I could live with that after saving alot of work cop.. *cough* .. learning from the code in the book :)
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting either,
Another concern is that there is no mention of the Mozilla project (the long-awaited Netscape 5) or even of Document Object Model support in IE5. The one DHTML application sticks to 4.x functionality.
1.0 out of 5 stars Solutions in Search of Problems,
If you liked O'Reilly's PERL Cookbook, AVOID this book. Instead of helping you to code, this book dishes up complete applications which are better handled using PERL (or any other language) for CGIs.
Somehow, the editor(s) at O'Reilly missed the basic issue:
JS requires enabled and capable browsers, and even then scripts can be problematical between browser versions and browser vendors. If you've worked in JS, you know the frustration when a property or method in one object isn't available in a seemingly similar object. More often calls between programmers mucking about in JS are along the lines of "How do you do 'x' in JS?" and not "How do you develop a website in JS?" (The answer to the later would be "Are you out of your @#!*$ mind! ")
Save your $$ and maybe O'Reilly may soon provide a robust JS cookbook.
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Damn Good,
I found Bradenbaugh's book quite helpful and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in expanding their bag of JS tricks with immediate applicability. (I am currently using the client-side search engine application, and have dog-eared a handful of practical JS functions in Chapter 6). However, to all those reviewers below looking to learn Perl, you might want to first read this book's title before you pick it up.
1.0 out of 5 stars Virtually Useless Text,
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not what I wanted.,
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