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JavaScript for Dummies, 2nd Edition Paperback – July 28, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0764502231 ISBN-10: 0764502239 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: IDG Books Worldwide; 2nd edition (July 28, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764502239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764502231
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,073,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

JavaScript For Dummies, 3rd edition:

Explains JavaScript and how it differs from java, HTML, and other Web programming tools

Describes what users can do with JavaScript that they can't do with HTML

Outlines how JavaScript, the platform-independent scripting language, works with the latest versions of Netscape Navigator 5 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5

Includes an important overview of Object-Oriented Concepts and the JavaScript language

Shows users how to "team up" JavaScript with Java, C++, OpenDoc, and Common Gateway Interface (CGI) to create powerful multimedia applications

Describes how to build a quickie Web page using HTML tags

Shows users how to create a Java applet and run the applet from the Web page

Covers JavaScript's forms so users can easily enter data and receive feedback

Guides users as they write and debug their own JavaScript programs

BONUS CD-ROM INCLUDES:

Hot utility and sample programs, including Dreamweaver demo version, SurfMap JavaScript, Joust, NetObjects ScriptBuilder 3 trial version, Allaire HomeSite 4.5 trial version, Ant Tools Demo 3, ArtBeats Web Tools, BBEdit 4.5.1, HTML WebWeaver Lite, Paint Shop Pro 5 demo, and more! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Now with more about JavaScript for Internet Explorer

Here's the secret to building dynamic Web pages that get your visitors involved

Want the script for cool Web pages? With this handy guide by your side, it's easy to follow! Completely revised, this edition gives you all the JavaScript basics as well as step-by-step instructions for getting your scripts onto the Web. Before you know it, you could be building interactive Web sites for fun — or profit!

Discover how to

  • Write, test, and debug JavaScript scripts
  • Detect a user's browser
  • Format and display times and dates
  • Store information with cookies
  • Create hot buttons, clickable images, mouse rollovers, and more

All this on the bonus CD-ROM

  • All sample code listings covered in the book
  • Trial versions of Web Weaver®, and Dreamweaver® MX 2004, including HomeSite®
  • SmartMenus DHTML, plus other scripts and examples you can use

Please see the CD-ROM appendix for details and complete system requirements. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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So, if you want a beginner's guide to JavaScript, avoid this book.
D. F. Utz
Now, I am no dummy when it comes to technical learning, as I am an engineer and work in a mechanical field, yet I just could not get this book.
RichTans
I agree with the folks who say this isn't really a bad book, but it is misleadingly titled.
RJMacReady

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
I, as well was not too impressed with the book. Fortunately, I know some Java so that JS was not too difficult. But, if you are a total novice and know nothing about object-oriented or object-based programming, then you are going to be totally lost. I think that the author dives into functions and object methods way too early. There are some useful scripts in the book, especially for client-side form validation. But, if you are not familiar with Javascript you're going to be lost. My suggestion to the author is that she also have exercises to test the reader's knowledge - you can only learn this stuff by doing. If any novice is reading this review, my suggestion would be to first visit Joe Burns' javagoodies ([...] and go through the 30 javascript primers that are there. The best thing about them is that they're free! Also, if Joe's new book on Javascript (Javascript Goodies) is anything like his web tutorials or his HTML Goodies book, then I would save your money and wait for that one to come out.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By D. F. Utz on March 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
I tried to get through this book several times and kept giving up. I couldn't figure out why I was having such a hard time with learning JavaScript. I've learned other languages on my own. Therefore, why was it so hard to get a handle on the concepts of Javascript? I mean, this book is supposed to be for dummies like me, right? However, after my latest attempt to read this book and after reading some of the reviews on this site, I realize it's not me, it's the book. First off, the author fails to provide a context for JavaScript. She just launches into coding. There's no answer to the question "why?" A better approach would be to show a sample web page that uses JavaScript and then explain how the JavaScript accomplishes the end result. Then, explain the advantages of JavaScript over other possible solutions. Also, the author tries much to hard to make cutesy little jokes and puns and they get really annoying really fast. I don't think it's much of an exaggeration to say that she tries to make a joke in every other paragraph. I believe another review on this site recommends Thau's "Book of JavaScript." And, I agree with that recommendation. His book is just about everything this one isn't. It provides sample and context for the explanation of JavaScript. There is a light-hearted tone to the writing, which makes the reading of a technical topic easier. But, he doesn't go overboard with the cutesy puns and quips. So, if you want a beginner's guide to JavaScript, avoid this book. Try "Book of JavaScript" by Thau instead.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
Ok. I may not be a techno geek, but I am not an idiot either. After reading this book, I was still in the "fog" about JavaScript. This is not a book for beginners of JavaScript, as the author does not teach the subject well.
It was recommended to me that I look at:
The Book of JavaScript by David Thau
Guess what. It is a great book. The examples make sense. The reasons why things happen are explained in a way that a non programmer can understand!
The entire book is like taking a class with an excellent teacher. The chapters are like assignments. In four chapters, I already know more than I did after finishing the "Dummies" book.
If you want to have a book that you can just cut and paste code with a vague idea how it works, then Dummies book may work for you. However, if you want to have understanding of what you are doing, purchase:
The Book of JavaScript by David Thau!
Amazon.com won't mind. They sell both
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ben on February 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
I bought this book with a basic knowledge of HTML but very little knowledge of Javascript. Being a fan of other "Dummies" books, I thought this would be a great place to start learning Javascript. Do I feel ripped off! In the Introduction, the author states the book is for those with little or no knowledge of Javascript, which I don't think at all to be the case. She claims to use "real-world examples", most of which I find to be fairly abstract and very poorly explained. She also claims that all the sample codes are contained on the CD-ROM, which is a flat out lie, the applications are similar but the coding is very different from the book, which combined with the author's hard-to-follow explanations leaves the reader very confused and frustrated. On top of all that there are several typos, one of which refering to Microsoft Windows as a word processing program, and poorly written HTML, missing several tags. The author definately knows Javascript, but how good she is as an author is questionable.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By IM J. Callahan on May 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
Once upon a time the "For Dummies" series stood alone as the only name brand instructional company in the world. However, like most great ideas, variations of the same concept were adopted. In the case of internet lingo, O'Reilly's and The Complete Idiot's guides were created.
I have read both the O'Reilly and the For Dummies book, and after completing both of them (I am an advanced J-Script user), I found the O'Reilly book, although not geared specifically towards beginners, as the more instructional book. It gives typical O'Reilly plans and lessons that will guide you to being an earnest Java Script writer.
The main problem with the For Dummies book is its lack of direction for the overall web constructor. The author advertises Java Script as the ideal programming language, and in doing so has written chapters on how to do things in this language which I, and many other professional web designers feel should not be done.
Therefore, keep yourself away from this book until you have read a truly introductory book, as well as a book like O'Reillys... after that you should DEFINETLY buy this book as a reference because of the vast amount of intermeddiate knowledge it has.
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