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JavaScript and Ajax for the Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (7th Edition) Paperback – October 24, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0321564085 ISBN-10: 0321564081 Edition: 7th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 7 edition (October 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321564081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321564085
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,036,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tom Negrino is the author of dozens of books including Visual QuickStart Guides covering Macromedia Contribute and Keynote, and Visual QuickProject Guides on upgrading to Mac OS X Tiger, Keynote, and PowerPoint.

Dori Smith is the author of Java for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, publisher of the Wise-Women’s Web community, and a member of the Web Standards Project. Together they’ve written the best-selling Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide, authored numerous print and online articles, and maintain the Backup Brain weblog. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Layout: The book has a good concept but doesn't execute it well.
This book is great for beginner programmers who have little experience in javascript or any other scripting language.
B. Walter
It's just very slow and frustrating, because you waste half your time on ancilliary matters.
R. M. Barge

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Christopher L. Simons on December 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
The audience for this book is beginning/novice web developers with a knowledge of HTML but not of JavaScript. The book begins with an introduction to basic JavaScript language features and then proceeds to work through a number of examples according to category (images, frames, browser windows, forms, regular expressions and strings, user events, and cookies). After, there are two chapters on AJAX fundamentals.

The book does not claim to be an in-depth resource. The general purpose of the QuickStart series of books is to provide an overview of the main concepts and practices in use by web developers today. It is meant to be a STARTING POINT to introduce novices to technologies, not an in-depth reference. The authors of this and other QuickStart books point this out continually, yet still get bad reviews from people who have not taken the time to read about the purposes of various series from technical publishers. This is unfortunate for the public as well as unfair to the authors.

A previous reviewer mentioned what he took to be atrocious coverage of Ajax. The book contains two chapters exclusively covering Ajax. The first covers the fundamental techniques used to take advantage of this combination of technologies. The second chapter explores some of the popular Ajax toolkits currently available. This is consistent with the purpose of the book. Some readers may be interested in heading down the development path, yet others may be more interested in design and in using pre-existing tools. This book caters to both and has no intention of deceiving either reader.

The following quote is a good example of this. It is an excerpt from the title page of Chapter 16, which follows the introductory chapter (basic XMLHttpRequest usage, etc.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Frank Stepanski on January 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is the sixth editing of the Visual QuickStart Guide to this book and it is the best so far. It finally focuses on some of the WSC standard DOM practices that all the other new JavaScript books have been showing the past year. It also has some a great chapter on one of the most popular JavaScript library/toolkits: Yahoo! UI. This library by Yahoo! has tons of ways to help you create quickly a JavaScript and/or Ajax widget/application for your own site.

This book is a great beginner book for people trying to get into coding or programming since all you need is a web browser and no fancy compiler or other costly program. The book goes though the basics of JavaScript with creating variables and where to put your scripts. The author shows you some simple examples to get you started. It then focuses on more language basics such as loops, if statements, creating custom functions, and arrays. It gives a simple examples for each topic and then builds a small application with each new topic covered to show the reader how they all can be put together. I really like how the author does this because it shows the reader what can be done with JavaScript instead of just explaining each topic and moving on.

The book then covers manipulating images with JavaScript since doing image-rollovers is what got JavaScript noticed years ago. Then the bigger chapters focus on handling forms which the other big use of JavaScript for years. Being able to manipulate data in forms as well as validate that data is crucial for understanding some of the power of JavaScript. The book also has a good section in Chapter 8, with forms and regular expressions.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By K. Thrasher on February 12, 2009
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I was required to purchase this book for a class on JavaScript and Ajax. Now that we're a few weeks into the semester, pretty much everyone in my class--including my professor--agrees that this book is more or less useless.

This book does not teach JavaScript. Rather, it teaches you how to complete the examples in each chapter. It doesn't explain the script it wants you to use, and it doesn't really go over any of the basics of JavaScript. My experience with this book has been entirely negative. I have no previous JS experience, and this book isn't helping me to learn anything. At all.

I would not recommend this book to anybody who knows nothing about JavaScript--which of course are the people who could really benefit from a teaching manual (like me). Unfortunately I cannot think of any other text to suggest, but I'm hoping that will change in the near future once I have acquired a different book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John C. Welch on November 17, 2006
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While this is not the book to use if you've never even attempted programming, if you have at least moderate experience, Dori and Tom's latest revision will get you moving in the JS/Ajax world quite quickly. As a sysadmin running everything but AS/400s at the moment, I am more than a little appreciative that they tested out the book's code on as many browsers and platforms as they did.

It's not the Ultimate Tome Of Javascript Knowledge, but it's not supposed to be. Nor is it going to tell you how to do everything. But what it will do, and by design, is get you pointed in the right direction , and give you the basic skills and knowledge you need to get down to business quickly.

I will agree that some of the pagination is suboptimal, but that's Peachpit's problem, and at least to me, didn't detract, and doesn't detract from the book's ability to get me from 0 to 60 in a short amount of time.
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