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From the Back Cover
Escorts you through selecting a single character from a string, converting character codes to a string, and copying string parts
Shows you how to join arrays, copy parts of an array, sort arrays, and reverse an array's order
Offers an in-depth look at Ajax
Reviews common mistakes, debugging, and error handling
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About the Author
Jeremy McPeak is a self-taught programmer who began his career by tinkering with web sites in 1998. He is the coauthor of Professional Ajax, 2nd Edition and several online articles covering topics such as XSLT, ASP.NET Web Forms, and C#. He is currently employed at an energy-based company building in-house conventional and web applications.
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I found this was taught as articulately as a good college professor. It concentrates on the important parts. But really, not 5-stars because it tends to ramble at the beginning on the little stuff like variables & conication.
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I can honestly say that, as I read this book, I experienced none of the frustration I usually experience with programming books. The code examples worked, typos were incredibly scarce, and I knew what to do with those "I have to hit something now!!" errors that arise in any programming endeavor.
A good book. Buy and learn.
Just about everything that you could want to do with js in regards to the world wide web is covered in here. JS is not the be-all end-all solution but the language picks up where a lot of scripting languages like perl, PHP leave off.
If you have enjoyed the power of js with web development and want to get more from it you have to take a look at this book, anybody at any experience level will enjoy it.
A great reference and an excellent companion.
Although, I did not purchase this title from Amazon, I felt compelled to write this review so that others can benefit from my experience.
Let me say that I'm an old hand at JS, and an even older hand at writing books and programming. JS is one of those languages (like most of them) where I sat down and started programming out of necessity. And when I do that, I like to go back to square one when I have a chance and see if I've overlooked any basics. This is the book I chose to use for that, based largely on the reviews of the top JS books on Amazon.
And, the thing is, I really like this book. I can see that the original author, Wilton, put a lot of care into it. He wrote his code clearly, and described it in easy-to-follow chunks. He takes small steps and gives just enough repetition. It's not a lightning introduction: It walks you through it.
Now, what happens with coding books is that the book gets written, and if it sells well, the publisher wants it updated for the next version. So the author (or someone new) comes in and goes to see what's valid and what's not, adds a few notes, a few caveats, and maybe a couple of chapters at the end. The publisher wrings a few more sales out of this and it's probably sufficient. At least for a second edition, if things haven't changed too much.
This, however, is the fourth edition of a book that was originally written in 2000! For WEB technology! Wilton focuses smartly on the nuts-and-bolts of JS, so that stuff holds up, but if your mission is to get stuff done on a modern website with JS, this book is going to feel really stale.
The book starts off by having you write stuff to the status bar. What's that? You don't know what a status bar is? That's because they haven't been used in browsers much for years.
Browsers: There's a lot of emphasis on IE6 compatibility issues even though IE6 is down to about 2% of the market. Chrome (with about 20%+ market share) is included as an after-thought, and sometimes not at all. Forget about Safari or mobile devices.
There's a discussion on frames that's completely innocent of the debate over whether they should be used at all.
All of chapter 13 is devoted to ActiveX, reflecting a year 2000 sensibility, when you could just program for IE.
The Ajax chapter was added in the third edition by McPeak, who presumably also updated this edition, and it starts with a link to Google Suggest which is no longer valid (because Google Suggest was incorporated into regular Google the year before the fourth edition was released.)
I still give it three stars, which is high praise for an eleven year old tech book.
The Kindle version gets only two stars, however: Wrox didn't format any of the code, so it's all left-indented. That was hard for ME to read, and it'd be torture for a JS initiate.