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From the Back Cover
Develop a scripting strategy and select the right tools
Master closures, generators, and iterators
Harness the power of the Document Object Model
Launch Web 2.0 applications using Ajax, E4X/XML, and JSON
Perform data entry validation and enhance security
outine libraries, and more!
What's on the CD-ROM?
Also on the CD:
300+ ready-to-run scripts
All the code in the book
System Requirements: See the CD-ROM appendix for details and complete system requirements.
29 bonus chapters
300+ ready-to-run scripts
Make your web site interactive
Create dynamic content for today's browsers
Master Document Object Model concepts
About the Author
Michael Morrison is a writer, developer, toy inventor, and author of a variety of books covering topics such as Java, C++, Web scripting, XML, game development, and mobile devices. Some of Michael’s notable writing projects include Faster Smarter HTML and XML, Teach Yourself HTML & CSS in 24 Hours, and Beginning Game Programming. Michael is also the founder of Stalefish Labs (www.stalefishlabs.com), an entertainment company specializing in unusual games, toys, and interactive products.
Paul Novitski has been writing software as a freelance programmer since 1981. He once taught himself BASIC in order to write a machine language disassembler so that he could lovingly hack Wang’s OIS microcode. He has focused on internet programming since the late ’90s. His company, Juniper Webcraft, produces HTML-strict websites featuring accessible, semantic markup, separation of development layers, and intuitive user interfaces. He knows the righteousness of elegant code, the poignancy of living on the bleeding edge of wilderness, the sweet melancholy of mbira music, and the scorching joy of raising twin boys.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
In addition to the lack of style guidelines, much of the book is poorly organized(although, the section on DOM is excellent). XMLHttprequest(the technology behind Ajax) is relegated to a ebook on the attached CDRom, while many pages are wasted discussing antiquated browser compatibility issues(IE 5, really?).It's clear that the authors have been too lazy to keep each revision up to date with the most relevant information, and instead just kept on piling crap on top of crap by overflowing large portions of the book onto a CDRom(If you look at the contents, roughly 600 pages of the book are on CDRom). I bought a book so I could have information on paper!
As reference guide, it lacks in useability--it's hard to dig through the detailed references to get to the meat of things. There's a DVD that's equally unfriendly as the authors' obsession with copyright protection prevents you from getting to the information unless you use their menus to get to protected pdf documents. They even encrypt the documents so you can't convert them to a more useable format. I actually get more out of a free JS app for my Kindle.
I would not buy this book again. I guess it depends upon what you want, a history book or an easy-to-use reference guide. You don't get both with this offering.
disk is helpful in starting out.