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Early chapters cover language basics, such as data types, functions, conditions and loops, string handling, and programming with objects. The authors explain how to control the Web browser by programming its object model, and how to combine scripts with forms. There is a guide to debugging with Netscape and Microsoft Internet Explorer, and a chapter on using cookies to store user preferences.
A substantial part of the book is focused on Dynamic HTML and how to write scripts that control the content of the page. There is a clear explanation of the DOM (document object model), as specified by the W3C Web standards group. Finally, there is a look at extending browser capabilities with ActiveX controls or plug-ins, and server-side scripting with Active Server Pages, including database access. Several appendixes offer a language reference and object models for Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator 4.0. Sadly Netscape 6.0 is not covered, but it is not quite as bad as it sounds since Netscape 6.0 closely follows the official DOM. --Tim Anderson
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The book was thorough enough to give me a good understanding of just about everything I needed to know to begin developing a rather complex client-side application. I had to go to a more in-depth reference to learn how to assign an event handler with parameters to a control that was being generated by code, but that was about all that I did not find covered in this book.
On the good side, this book is extraordinarily thorough and detailed, and he does an excellent job of explaining how the scripts work. However, overall I feel that it will be far more useful as a reference than as a learning book, and now I may have to shell out another $40 for a book because I'm not sure I can suffer through another chapter of this one.
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.
Also, his examples are excellent. He will start off with a small piece of code and build on it section through section while incorporating new items each time such as arrays, objects, etc. so that you are basically like I said, being taught.
Experience programmers can still use it as a reference because his writing style is to the point so therefore you can find syntax quickly.
He explains items to look out for and common mistakes also that only an experience programmer would go through saving you a lot of hard aches with syntax pointers.
This book would be excellent for a college student in CIS or CS, I wish I had this one while I was in CIS, it would have gone well along with my course book.
If you are a beginner, you better read it like a book or you will keep jumping around confused if you don't know the basics of programming, syntax, functions, and interactions with forms and ASP. Patience to all beginners, don't try to skim this book quickly unless you are using it as a reference.
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You won't be ashamed to have this "Beginning" book on display on your desk. It's easy to use and very descriptive. Plenty of examples and they work! Read morePublished on April 7 2003 by P. McDaniel
The biggest problem these days with computer books is that usually the examples don't work when YOU try them? (usually not your fault either). Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2003 by Robert N. Schroeter
This book starts out a bit slow, but it gets very good! It covers all the major topics including how to parse forms and input/output stuff. Read morePublished on Dec 22 2002 by Rjs32
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