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  • Paperback: 1200 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 6 edition (April 9 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470069163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470069165
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 5.7 x 23.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
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"exhaustive update to the Bible series." (.net, August 2007)

From the Back Cover

A major new edition of the definitive guide to JavaScript!

Make your Web pages stand out above the noise with JavaScript and the expert instruction in this much-anticipated update to the bestselling JavaScript Bible. With renowned JavaScript expert Danny Goodman at your side, you'll get a thorough grounding in JavaScript basics, see how it fits with current Web browsers, and find all the soup-to-nuts detail you'll need, whether you're a veteran programmer or just starting out. This is the JavaScript book Web developers turn to again and again.

  • Master JavaScript fundamentals and write your first practical script
  • 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

  • Apply the latest JavaScript exception handling and custom object techniques

  • 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:

  • The Evaluator, an interactive workbench and JavaScript Bible exclusive that lets you try out an object model or language feature and see instant results
  • 10 full-fledged JavaScript real-world applications

  • 300 ready-to-run scripts

  • Entire book in PDF

See the CD appendix for details and complete system requirements.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa2c2e9d8) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
63 of 69 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa28ca468) out of 5 stars This book is not up to date June 29 2007
By Mark Yieh - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have a few javascript books already, but they are out of date. I bought this book, which claims to be published in 2007, to learn to be more DOM and W3C compliant. However, from reading this book so far, I find that the material in it are as outdated as my older books. For example, the book still encourages the use of the "innerHTML" method, which is neither a W3C recommendation, nor is it encouraged anymore. Furthermore, the book shows you to convert a "number" type to a string by doing this:

var num = 100;
num = "" + num;

That's just silly. What happened to the toString() method? How about doing this?

var num = 100;
num = num.toString();

Also the book doesn't encourage separation of structure from functionality. The book's examples have javascript all mixed together with the markup. This is clearly not the modern, correct, and recommended way to script a web page.

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.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa24d6498) out of 5 stars The best javascript book available Nov. 27 2007
By Mike - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
books on changing technologies are always out of date by 6 months to a year (a book this size is probably closer to a year). i Google when i need the latest info, just like the rest of the planet apparently.

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).

inevitably a little dated but still the most comprehensive javascript book available.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa24c4f54) out of 5 stars Excellent Book April 16 2007
By Kevin - Published on
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The content of this book is Excellent, the wait was worth it. I'm glad someone finally consolidated all the JavaScript information into a publication, which brings me to a criticism, not about the content. The print is too small. I believe it would have been better to turn this into a two book publication and make the print bigger (and blacker), the paper could also be whiter for better contrast and a heavier weight. Yes it would have been more expensive, but you wouldn't go blind trying to read it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa24b8624) out of 5 stars Javascript Bible Nov. 1 2008
By Mr. Robert V. Darling - Published on
Format: Paperback
I seldom extol the virtues of computer technology books but I have to say that this book because of its clarity and content has been and continues to be, a delight to work with.

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.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa24bbc00) out of 5 stars Gets 4 stars when I get usable "Bonus Chapters" Sept. 8 2008
By red slider - Published on
Format: Paperback
I'm very new to javascript (though a long time programmer in other languages) and agree that there is some additional reference material and tutorials on common tasks that might have been included. If you're already quite familiar with object languages, this will probably not be a drawback. If you're not, you will still have to struggle with many of the scripts to figure out the precise nature of its syntax and how/why object concepts and methods are rendered as they are. It might also have included a little more line-by-line explanation of exactly what some of the code syntax is doing and why it is rendered as it is. That would have helped us beginners (and probably not bothered more advanced users- they could have just skipped that material.)

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.