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"exhaustive update to the Bible series." (.net, August 2007)
From the Back Cover
Develop code for both single- and cross-platform audiences and evolving standards
Get the essentials of document object models and HTML element objects
Write scripts that dynamically modify Web pages in response to user actions
Learn the power of new Ajax technologies to create efficient Web page user interfaces
Create interactivity with sites like Google Maps
Featured on the CD-ROM
You'll find a gold mine of extras on the CD-ROM, including 23 bonus chapters on dynamic HTML, data validation, techniques for developing and debugging professional Web-based applications, and much more. Also on the CD:
300 ready-to-run scripts
Entire book in PDF
See the CD appendix for details and complete system requirements.See all Product Description
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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So far, these are the gripes I have about this book... and I'm only on chapter 6. It makes me feel like I don't want to finish this book, because I might adopt these outdated methods of scripting.
I do not recommend this book.
i understand other reviewer gripes about this book, but it is still the best printed resource available. the book weighs in at a hefty 35 chapters and 5 Appendices in about 1200 pages (and yes the print is small). i found the information well organized, with a decent layout and a useable contents and index. this book tries to serve both the novice and the professional, and frankly does a pretty good job. a book this size obviously has errors, but nothing i would categorize as lethal (it's not a cookbook but has some decent template scripts to get you going). no one could write a book this size and comprehensive from scratch, this book is clearly an evolution and uses "revised" content from previous editions. i got the feeling reading this book that the authors write real code for real world apps. i thought about docking a star because it is has so much information. i seem to have got conditioned over the years to have a slight sense of dread when i have to open a large book to look something up. However, IMHO, the real value is searchable CD version of the book, hence back to 5 stars. this has 23 Bonus chapters! yes that's 23 bonus chapters which add over 500 pages. a nice touch was having references to the CD version (marked with a BC prefix) in the index of the print edition.
from a purist point of view some of the recommendations are wrong, but from a pragmatic point of view no one is going to be impressed with your W3C compliant script that runs 10-20x slower than the non-compliant one (and that's not just in IE).
I am what you might call an 'old hand' in the industry and needed to adapt my skills to embrace browser based technology for the first time.
This book explains clearly how the DOM components work together and the relationship bwtween those components and the scripting language.
I will certainly be looking out for any other books that may have been written by the author.
So, why did I give it only 1 star? Because the main drawback is entirely unnecessary and very frustrating. There are 23 "Bonus Chapters" that do not appear in the book, but only on the e-book pdf. The e-book is great for searching specific topics and items - and for usable samples in the first 31 chapters. But it is UNPRINTABLE and CANNOT BE COPIED. This is especially troublesome for the 23 bonus chapters which do not appear in the book. Indeed, most of the practical applications are demonstrated in these chapters. The pdf permissions don't allow printing/copying even though the text contains some complex instructions and explanations and much other useful material. Without being able to have some of that material at hand in hardcopy it loses much of its value. Even the debugging tools in chapter 45 have complicated (for the novice) use instructions that are almost worthless unless you can print them and have them in front of you while you install and learn to use it.
This is just frustrating and thoughtless from the customer's point of view (and probably of no use in preventing piracy to a determined hacker - which I presume is the reason the locked permissions were done). I've written Wiley to request a printable/copyable version of at least the 23 bonus chapters. If they send it to me, I'll revise my opinion to three-stars, and if they make those chapters available to all customers who purchased the book (cd holders), in a printable version, I'll go to four or maybe even five stars. Till then, I'm stickin' to my opinion.