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Product Details

  • Series: Beginner's Guide
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 3 edition (October 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071632956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071632959
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 7.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Pollock runs two Web sites devoted to Web development technology, PageResource.com and JavaScript City.


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Many sentences don't make any sense at all.
Gabriel
The book is very well written, the examples work in your browser, and the explanations offered are logical and coherent.
Tintinnabulator
I highly recommend this book for those designers out there who haven't had any coding experience like me.
Bookworm

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By J. Howard on October 26, 2009
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I bought this book based on other reviews. I needed to get a sound understanding of Javascript quickly. I read the entire book, all 16 chapters. I did all the exercises and the tests at the end of each chapter. I found only a couple of very minor typos in the whole book. All of the exercises worked as entered. Although I did some on Safari and some on Firefox. None on Explorer. So, I can't say that every exercise works on every browser but the author does try and point of the things that may present problems on different browsers (that is, IE).

I did say it is a great BASIC book. If you are looking for all the bells and whistles this is not the book for you. This book will provide a great foundation to go on to other things. There are lots of references in this book to more difficult material. As well as two web sites that the author presides over with more material.

My only regret is that the author has not written a second more advanced book. I liked his style.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on November 7, 2009
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After struggling to find a good beginner's book on javascript (JS), and after suffering through the Headfirst Javascript book, I've finally found the one that is helping me move along. As the previous reviewer said, it really is a beginner's book. It starts you off with the basics, and moves you along to slightly advanced scripting.

Compared to other JS books out there, this one really holds your hand, and the examples the author gives should give you a good understanding of what the scripts do, before moving on to other codes. Towards the end of each chapter, he gives you review questions to answer. They aren't very difficult, but for someone who has little JS coding, it really does refresh what you just read. All of the answers are provided in the back too.

It's too bad this book wasn't chosen for my JS class, even though it's probably too basic for the instructor to guide the class towards more advanced codes.

I highly recommend this book for those designers out there who haven't had any coding experience like me. Eventually, after reading this book, you should be able to get a good grasp on JS and move on to more advanced books.

So far, I've only used the codes in firefox and IE. Each exercise is pretty basic so that you'll know what the codes do. I haven't found any errors yet, since I'm still digging near the middle of the book.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By D. Madi on February 6, 2010
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I have a library of web development books...some are helpful, some are not. I'm currently learning JavaScript in school, so I've been adding JavaScript books to my collection.

I have this book and "JavaScript: The Definitive Guide".

"JavaScript: The Definitive Guide" can be too complex at times, failing to provide clear, simple examples of how to apply the code.

"JavaScript: A Beginner's Guide", on the other hand, does a very nice job of illustrating examples and explaining concepts in layman's terms. While not as extensively complete as "JavaScript: The Definitive Guide", "JavaScript: A Beginner's Guide" ranks high in accessibility and ease of use. The two books compliment each other very well.

I highly recommend any beginner coder add this book to his/her library...it won't give you all of the answers, but at least it will provide valuable guidance in the practical application of JavaScript.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mark Wuilleumier on July 5, 2010
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This was an all-in-all, good book. I have a pretty good technical background with my MS in computer science, but pretty new to Web technologies. Therefore, I was looking for a rather simplistic approach to JavaScript since I have NO background in that area. I always shy away from the "...For Dummies" books since I should at least be beyond that stage in technology, but this book is probably below the Dummies books. No programming background would be needed and not even much technical ability. Although I am biased, I have a hard time thinking how anybody would have trouble understanding this book or doing the exercises. A lot of the examples are overly simplistic and silly, but this could suit a non-programmer type well. As for me, ideally I would have liked a book that talked to programmer types more and was a little deeper. But my objectives were reached with this book: understand JavaScript code I run into, and be able to write little scripts to accomplish things I need to on my site. Before the book was finished I actually implemented some of what I learned to actually solve a problem on my site. That is pretty impressive.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Inspiredmac on July 12, 2011
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If you're an absolute beginner, like me, you'll find a lot to like about this book. The fact that its pace is slow and methodical helps to avoid the kind of mystique many other authors incorporate into their books. While other books have you manipulating arrays by page 60, this book holds off on more difficult concepts until your fully understand the basics. Arrays, for example, aren't discussed until page 291.

There are two problems you'll encounter: One is that the javascript forum advertised by the author in the book's introduction doesn't exist. In fact, I can't confirm the author exists since I've tried numerous times to contact John Pollock at the two websites he runs. If there's an errata page out there on the web, I'll it seems I'll never know. The second problem is understanding the Step by Step exercises at the end of the chapters. The instructions are vague and hard to follow. Unfortunately, the books does not have a supporting CD with sample code to refer to for solutions, but after Googling for some time, I was able to locate the sample code at McGraw Hill's web site. You may never find it on your own (and McGraw Hill isn't going to help you), so, if Amazon will permit it, I've included the URL here for your reference to the source code:[...]

The book is good. In fact it's better than other "beginner" books I own. Buy it. You won't be disappointed. But beware that this book is a bare bones product and you'll have to be persistent to tease out the education it offers.
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