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HTML5 Programming with JavaScript For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

John Paul Mueller
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Book Description

Web designers and programmers, add JavaScript to your HTML5 development toolkit without fear

Modern websites are complex, and some of the most exciting features - things like geolocation, canvas, portability to mobile and more - require JavaScript to leverage what HTML5 can create. Don't know JavaScript? That's where HTML5 Programming with JavaScript For Dummies comes in. Rather than walking you through JavaScript as a programming language, it approaches JavaScript as a tool to help you enhance web pages.

  • Helps web designers and programmers tap the full power of HTML5 by leveraging JavaScript, even if they have no prior knowledge of JavaScript
  • Enables readers to produce modern websites with today's technology essentials: portability to mobile devices, animation, the use of Libraries, the Canvas component, and more
  • Emphasizes practical uses and offers many short examples for illustration

Discover basic to complex ways to use JavaScript programming syntax to harness the full power of HTML5 and CSS3.

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Learn to:

  • Build dynamic pages using JavaScript with HTML
  • Create websites with greater interactivity
  • Use animation, libraries, the canvas element, and more
  • Harness the power of HTML5

Learn to use today's top tools

and create cross-platform

applications for all devices!

Get the inside track on creating cool applications that work on almost any browser and device! Here's how to use HTML5 and JavaScript to bring your ideas to life, with all examples tested on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Learn to "speak" JavaScript, use libraries and templates, and take advantage of every trick that smart developers use to make life easier.

  • Meet the players — discover what JavaScript is, how it works, and how JavaScript and HTML5 complement each other
  • Everything's an object — understand the objects and variables used by JavaScript and learn to use standard objects
  • Essential functions — organize tasks, perform them, and manage repetitive tasks with JavaScript functions
  • You and your user — make your application interactive using the Document Object Model, handle events, and build enhanced HTML5 forms
  • The next step — create even more robust applications by extending JavaScript with XML and AJAX

Open the book and find:

  • Why JavaScript is not Java's cousin
  • Information about web hosting
  • Tips on working with text and arrays
  • The standard JavaScript objects
  • How JavaScript makes decisions
  • Ways to handle errors
  • Reasons for using CSS with your applications
  • How iQuery and jQuery UI can make JavaScript easier

About the Author

John Paul Mueller has written both certification and programming books covering C#, Java, Windows programming, and VBA. He is also a skilled technical editor and has contributed articles to periodicals including Visual Basic Developer and SQL Server Professional. You can reach him at

Product Details

  • File Size: 4669 KB
  • Print Length: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (April 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #704,533 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I'm learning JavaScript without much prior knowledge of computer programming or design - I've completed the JavaScript/HTML/CSS courses on Codecademy and was looking for a more thorough overview of how all the pieces fit together. I would recommend this book for HTML5, but probably another book for Javascript.

This first couple of chapters in the book was exactly what I was looking for - it has really great explanations of how JavaScript is actually used. Text editors? Difference in browsers? Web Hosting? Apache? It includes all the relevant "beginner" information that other resources don't really delve into, and it was extremely helpful in furthering my knowledge about the language and how it interacts with all different types of programs. I felt much more informed about JavaScript and programming, even though I didn't necessarily yet know how to "code."

In the Javascript section, the codes were not really properly explained and I was consistently confused. I do have a very simple understanding of JavaScript from Codecademy, so even though I didn't know exactly what was happening, I could piece the code together. After chapter 6, I realized I didn't know what I was doing anymore or why we were trying to do it. I was also using stackoverflow way more than I had anticipated. The biggest red flag to me was when I discovered that the language attribute for the script tag used throughout the book (<script language="JavaScript">) had been depreciated. I found this on a blog dating back to 2004. This was extremely disappointing as I thought this was a brand new release with the most up-to-date information, and if I didn't trust the script language used in the book, then it was difficult for me to gain confidence on other parts of the code.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT for Dummies September 1, 2013
Regardless the book's title and what the author says about the book, HTML5 Programming with JavaScript Is NOT For Dummies. It includes a lot of "what," but little to no "why." If you already know the fundamentals of JavaScript and want a refresher or to see what is new, then this book is for you. If you are trying to learn JavaScript from scratch, then this book is NOT for you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not real good February 12, 2014
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Some what opaque and not up to the standards of the old MicroSoft Quick Basic Manual. Is neither an overview or a reference.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bought for my 79 year old father July 6, 2013
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Bought for someone else did not retain the info needed He Needed.
Too bad you can't do a search for whats inside.
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John Mueller is a freelance author and technical editor. He has writing in his blood, having produced 90 books and over 300 articles to date. The topics range from networking to artificial intelligence and from database management to heads down programming. His most recent book is "Start Here! Learn Microsoft Visual C# 2010." His technical editing skills have helped over 67 authors refine the content of their manuscripts. You can reach John on the Internet at and his Web site at:


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