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Zeroes in on new and emerging APIs such as the Selectors API, Web Workers, and Cross-Document Messaging
Shows how to implement drag and drop file upload with Ajax and the File API
Highlights the new core language features introduced in ECMAScript5
Explains how to work with data formats such as XML and JSON
Looks at what's coming in ECMAScript Harmony
Walks you through creating offline-capable web applications
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This is quite a thick book. It goes into a lot of JS history, and gives you a better understanding of the JS standard, evolution, current state, and compatibility. Spending so much time under the hood, this book is more suited towards professionals and programmers who understand the technical value of a well rounded exposition.
There are some technical mistakes, none threatening. There is also a lot of repetition. The author's prose is rather unique and his propensity to refresh your from the previous chapters might get on some nerves. For that reason, it lost one star.
There are many JS books out there. Some are for web hobbyists and some are for aspiring pros who want to be taught the ropes by a real pro. If you are looking to dig into JS libraries like ember, node, etc... and try out asynchronous techniques, you will be well prepared to do so after going through this book. I looked at some other JS books and none are as comprehensive and well organized as this one.
If you liked the style of other Wrox books, and want to learn JS the proper way, you will like this book.
The book also gives a suitable introduction to HTML5 APIs, though seriously learning some of those APIs is best done with a book more dedicated to that topic with Canvas coming to mind as the worst offender here (chapter 15 dedicates 35 pages to it, but there are entire books written about it).Read more ›
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