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on May 29, 2010
This book does a good job of explaining "why" things work the way they do in JavaScript.

I really like that it covers (without dwelling upon) various cases where you may have to be careful of Internet Explorer-specific hacks, and gives advice on abstracting them away, so you can focus on problem-solving rather than working around browser incompatibilities. (This is not surprising, given that John Ressig is behind jQuery, which has saved many JavaScript developers from worrying about browser compatibility.)

I wouldn't recommend this book for someone with no prior programming experience. It's assumed through most of it that you can read and understand the (plentiful) code samples without requiring too much explanation. That said, for someone with some experience in JavaScript (or other programming languages), the examples are quite clear and helpful. I feel that I'm writing much better JavaScript than I was before reading this book.

My main gripe with the book involves some grating English errors. Throughout the book, Ressig says "a couple x", rather than "a couple of x". Furthermore, he repeatedly says "the importance of x cannot be understated".
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on December 4, 2012
Probably one of the better javascript books out there. Most of the stuff mentioned in the book should be common knowledge for most seasoned developers so if you have surpassed the point of writing your own javascript framework for web applications than you might be looking for something much more advance but if you have written a lot of javascript like plugins for websites or even if you are new at javascript but have some knowledge on programming, than you will learn a lot from this book. 10/10
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on October 16, 2011
I am reading this book and about to finish it in 2 days.
It is too simple for me. I think it is for developer who has no javascript at all.
And it is old. In Javascript world, ExtJS,dojo,GWT ,there a lot popular frameworks.
They distributed a lot into js world to make it more OO. But this book hardly mention them.
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