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on October 26, 2009
If you are new to JavaScript read this one first. Sure you will need to get another general JavaScript, book however at least you will be coding the way JavaScript should be written.

Coming from a C+/C#/VB background I always found JavaScript hard work. I know this is because the debugger etc in Visual Studio hides a lot of complexity and makes it easier for me. However that's the way it should be, I should not have to spend hours or days trying to debug two lines of code.

That aside this book took my OO knowledge and dragged me into the world of classless coding and made it understandable and interesting. Prior to reading this book I found a lot of JavaScript to be confusing and down right dumb. It's still confusing and downright dumb but at least I know why and can attempt to not make the same mistakes.

Please Note. This will NOT teach you how to solve particular problems in JavaScript. What it does is show you the direction you should take to resolve it.

Highly recommended particularly for people new to JavaScript with OO development background.
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on September 2, 2011
As a Java web developer, I've used JavaScript quite a bit over the years, but never really liked it. Reading this book has changed my entire perception of JavaScript. It has given me a new appreciation of the language. Instead of mechanically explaining the syntax of the language, this book actually explains what is good about JavaScript, how to use it so that it will be a trusty friend (by focusing on its good parts) rather than a troublemaking backstabber (by avoiding the bad, ugly, and awful parts).

I have great respect for the author and appreciate his taking the time to write this book. It was a pleasure to read and got me excited about JavaScript because it was a tremendous help in learning how to use the language properly. Perhaps it is not a book for beginners, but if you know the basics but are tired of "programming by coincidence" and want to learn how to really effectively use the language, and actually have an easier time doing it because you will focus on a few very good parts (and flush out the bad parts from your memory), I highly recommend this book.
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on May 31, 2013
This book pulls no punches. The author tears the language apart and rebuilds it with only the "good parts", showing how to create well-designed, maintainable, and secure programs in Javascript. The core language is not significantly different today than it was when this book was written so it has lost none of its relevance. Highly recommended for experienced programmers who want to lean how to use Javascript properly.
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on September 16, 2011
The book distills good taste, which is not surprising coming from such author.
Moreover, I don't remember having seen Javascript's inner workings explained so clearly and elegantly.
Last but not least: it's short ... "little is beautiful".
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on April 21, 2016
Many developers praise this book, but in my opinion it did not live up to what the author claimed. It's very negative documentation of JavaScript, by someone who is making a point of telling you he's an expert. There are many, many occurrences of paragraphs, pages, or maybe even most of a chapter, where it really should be called JavaScript: The Hot&Steaming Pile. He may be an expert in JavaScript but sometimes the arrogance in the book is hard to just accept and move on past. And the negativity in spite of the title... also difficult. I didn't buy this book to learn all the things I shouldn't learn. I bought it to learn the *good* parts. And in fairness, the good parts are covered, eventually. Although, they seemed to me to come with a bit too much opinion on subjective aspects. Perhaps that is why this review also includes too much opinion on subjective aspects. ;) In spite of this, it is one of the standard books all JavaScript developers should probably read.

It's just that I think it needs an editor to go through and slash and burn some of The Bad Parts sections. Some discussion of that is needed, but I suspect the author used his expert status to intimidate his editor into making poor choices on what to cut.
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on April 18, 2016
I would not forgive myself if I did not write a review for this book. This is one of the best books I have ever read in my entire life. It does not only help me grasp and love Javascript, but also greatly improved my understanding the way of how to do better programming. As a programmer, if you have not read this book, you missed a very good part. So, if you want to learn Javascript, this is definitely the right book to read.

Like the author said, This book is small, but it is dense. It is very hard to understand some pages in the first read. I read every pages at least 3 times, some pages more than 10 times to get the idea fully. But the effort definitely got rewarded.
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on May 9, 2014
If you are use to big programming books, this book is nothing like it. The information is concise and to the point. Great read, and enlightening. Having some JavaScript knowledge is helpful, but not necessary.
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on May 26, 2015
I was a bit pessimistic about this book. I really didn't want another beginners how to programming book, after all I have been programming in other languages for a few years. This book surprised me though, I really learned a lot about how JavaScript works, and the misconceptions people normally have when they are coming from other classical object oriented languages. I definitely recommend this to anyone who is wanting to learn JavaScript or even those who are just exploring JavaScript frameworks for the first time.
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on April 19, 2015
One of the best JavaScript books for any level to cover all the important aspects (and faults of JavaScript).

Book is great for beginners as it covers the basics and fundamentals of programming, but is good for people who are already experienced programmers who have never programmed in JavaScript.
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on April 4, 2016
I find programming texts tough to get through, so I appreciated how short the book is. It certainly isn't comprehensive, but that isn't its purpose. A great read for anyone new to JavaScript, or someone who wants a refresher on some best practices and pitfalls.
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