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  • Paperback: 1040 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Canada, Ltd. (January 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861004060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861004062
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.3 x 5.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews
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Javascript is the only scripting language that runs in all the leading Web browsers, making it an essential part of the Web developer's tool kit. The language itself is not especially difficult to learn, but it becomes more challenging when you include related topics such as HTML forms, dynamic HTML and cross-browser compatibility. Beginning JavaScript, which is suitable for beginning or intermediate programmers, covers all these topics and more to provide a complete Javascript handbook.

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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This book is for anyone who wants to learn JavaScript. You will need a very basic knowledge of HTML, but no prior programming experience is necessary. Whether you want to pick up some programming skills, or want to find out how to transfer your existing programming knowledge to the Web, then this book is for you. All you need is a text editor (like Notepad) and a browser, and you're ready to go!

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Format: Paperback
I chose this book as my introduction to JavaScript and am quite pleased with it. It pretty well covers all the basics and is worth a straight-through read. The author builds several examples, expanding on them as the book progresses. Each time a large block of code is presented. If you can't figure out what is going on just by inspecting the code, each section is followed by a detailed 'how it works' explanation.
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.
I would definitely recommend this book to Javascript beginners, particularly those who are willing to read steadily through it.
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I already have a copy of the year 2000 edition of this book and it was a great book. I found this 2003 book and I ordered one because I thought it was the second edition. But I WAS WRONG. It is exactly the same as the 2000 edition, covering only NN up to ver 4 and IE up to 5. I had to return it at my own expense.
If you already have a first edition, DON'T BUY this book. You would end up with two copies of the same book. If you don't have a first edition, I would still recommend JavaScript Bible by Danny Goodman or O'Reilly's JavaScript than this book. They are more up-to-date.
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I bought this book as an amateur web site author trying to learn some new tricks for my site, and hoping to ease my way into some more serious web authoring. The good news is that this book is incredibly thorough and detailed. The bad news is that he takes you through it all at his pace, instead of helping you get what you want out of it. Put another way, I found this book very user-unfriendly.
First of all, I wanted to learn a couple really basic things for my site -- like how to make a pop-up window -- and then move onto more advanced things. But instead of a TOC that reads something like, "How to make a pop-up window" he uses all JavaScript lingo that means nothing to a beginner. The index is the same way, and so I'm forced to go through this book at HIS pace -- trying to learn a whole bunch of stuff I have no interest in --instead of my own, and still don't know how to do the few things I wanted to learn first.
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.
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It's a big book. It's a very big book. It taught me Javascript to a point where I was writing code from my head. Patience is required, but it will pay off. The author covers everything from beginning programming concepts, to the Javascript Document Object Model (which will help down the road with many aspects of programming), to Dynamic HTML (i.e., making things fly across the screen or making dynamic menus), database programming with Javascript and ASP, and Active X. It's much more than a beginner's book.
Right off the bat the book discusses errors and how to interpret them (an inevitability for any Javascript programmer). That way, as you make mistakes, or mistype something (you will, we all do), you'll know how to handle it instead of flipping through the book screaming for answers.
An added bonus is that you build an application as you go. When you're done with the book you have a working Javascript app that you can easily edit to your own whims and publish on the web.
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.
It's fair to say that this is not only a good beginning Javascript book, it's also a good introduction to programming. You can write code and easily see instant results, which can be gratifying for a beginner.
A good book. Buy and learn.
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I needed to refresh myself on JavaScript since I hadn't looked at it for a year or two and really haven't gotten into programming it much. I have read the first 100 pages, word for word and it is just like having a college professor with you only is speaks to you so you can understand it and JavaScript syntax easily.
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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