JavaScript Cookbook

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ISBN-13: 978-0471181453
ISBN-10: 0471181455
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JavaScript Cookbook offers a conversational and painless introduction to JavaScript, the scripting language supported by Netscape's Navigator browser and Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Suited for novice programmers who want to add basic interactivity to their Web pages, JavaScript Cookbook also includes complete references to JavaScript objects, methods, and events and can be used as a handy reference. The final section of the book shows JavaScript in action, showing how to build a form and how to confirm the validity of a user's entries.

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This cookbook is written for Webmasters with no JavaScript programming experience, showing them the fundamentals of JavaScript programming and providing 38 of the most popular JavaScript applications they can immediately add to their Web site. CD-ROM includes code for all applications in the book, a user interface that makes it easy for readers to find applications on the CD, and links to other Web resources.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 683 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (April 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471181455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471181453
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,864,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
It is incredible how a book with so many lack of content could have been acclaimed with so many stars. The only strong point of this book, is its clarity of exposition of a considerable amount of vanilla code snippets, making it an ideal reference for introductory elementar courses, or a Dummie's introduction to JavaScript, in direct oposition to the expressed author expectation, of a book suited for a much wider audience. Following is a list of some of its crucial missing content (usually available on many of the alternative references presented at the end of this review). No treatment of debugging techniques specially suited for common JavaScript error depuration. No sections on solution to common problems or frequently asked questions. No treatment of compatibility issues, nor comparative charts between distinct JavaScript versions or manufacturer implementations. No treatment of JavaScript security issues. No script content on useful actual applications like: remote window controls, multiple frame comparative search engine output, appointment calendars, advanced calculators, multimedia playing control interfaces, frame window customization, automated templates for html code generation. No treatment of Server-side JavaScript. Completely outdated Web-Resources appendix, with a inexepressive bunch of links, mostly of knowledge to anyone with a minimal interest on JavaScript. No external collection of scripts or real world applications on CD-ROM, except for the trivial code snippets examples presented on the book. So, to anyone with a bit more than superficial interest on JavaScript, a list of much more valuable references is presented below, in clear contrast to some of the content deficiencies ineherent to the reviewed book.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 1999
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Sometimes I have to wonder if the guys writing these reviews are not related to the author in some way. While I don't know Mr. Cohen, I think his book is very good. He covers all the topics with great detail and the codes examples actually work! However, if you are a new to the concepts of object-oriented programming, then this book can be a tough read. You should really know your HTML before you tackle this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 2004
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This book was published in 1997 and unfortunately has aged badly. A newer revision would be required to bring it up to date with more modern standards and web browsers. Chapter 6 is a nice example of the problem: "What's New Since Navigator 2.0".
I highly recommend the O'Reilly "Javascript & DHTML Cookbook" instead. The O'Reilly book was published in 2003 and is much more relevant to the current world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David LaGrone on January 27, 1998
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The first edition of this book suffers from a number of typos that can cause the JavaScript beginner a LOT of headaches! While there are many cross-references within the text, there is no list of tables, list of figures or list of listings with page numbers. I still recommend the book; but would like to see a better job of technical editing done.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GoodGuysWin on October 16, 1997
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JavaScript Cookbook helped me learn JavsScript in only two days. The book not only leads you through the paces of JavaScript, but has an example on nearly every other page. The book is also full of reference material. After Mr. Cohen teaches you the basics, he puts every object, property and method of JavaScript and Web Pages in Reference form.

I not only use this book now for JavaScript programming, but for reference on all objects of a Web Page. I purchased and Active Server Pages book and a VB Script book when I purchased this. I use this book to compliment what the others left out concerning Web Page objects.

One minor issue, there are a lot of grammatical errors and misspellings in the book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
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After buying a "quickie" book and learning nothing, but spending hours slogging through examples well above my level of understanding, I knew it was time for a different text. JS cookbook is a great way to learn the language, with lots of examples and a total reference to the language. The typos in some of the scripts are a bit of a pain. I looked through a lot of JS books, and this was clearly the best available, in my opinion. Great for someone new to the language who needs to develop applications in a hurry.
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