64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 1999
37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2001
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2000
It was recommended to me that I look at:
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:
Amazon.com won't mind. They sell both
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2004
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2002
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.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2002
Yet, this book still has some redeeming qualities. If you've got some experience with BASIC or another relatively simple programming language, this book might be of some use as an intro. However, it is supremely insufficient as a stand-alone reference and will have you scrambling to online references frequently.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 1998
This book is a fantastic book, IF YOU ARE AN EXPERIENCED PROGRAMMER. Don't be mislead by the "For Dummies" title. This book is packed with some serious heavy programming concepts. I'm a Computer Science student at Rowan University and have a background in C, C++, and Java, so diving into this book was like a breath of fresh air. However, I encourage others that aren't experienced with programming to look elsewhere and come back to this book later. The book offers rather a free way of learning the code. I basically picked through and took what I wanted, since learning the syntax was not a very steep curve. Most of the examples are useful for examples only, but I felt they were a great reference. The book doesn't slow down, and it gets to the point fast. It's code, page after page of it, and it's great! The more I picked up on the language the more ideas came up with to create. I have a lot of coding to do!
Best of luck to everyone. ___James
5 stars, but minus 1 for being misleading
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2001
This book promises to teach you all the tricks of doing the important interactive things on a contemporary website: form validation, rollovers, frames, etc. What it delivers is page upon page of unintelligible code (for the newbie)interspersed with vague hints about programming ideas. Core concepts and syntax of programming are treated as an afterthought. There are no exercises to work through, even if the concepts were there, so it's very, very difficult to learn anything in depth. In addition, there's very little reference material; this book isn't worth the time.
As an alternative, I suggest Pollock's book (on this site somewhere) The topics he covers are not flashy (rollovers don;t get covered until 2/3rds through the book) but it teaches concepts thoroughly using simple illustrative exercises. I'm about half way through this book and it's already helping me learn ActionScript (the OOP language built into Flash 5.0. Highly recommended.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2003
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2001
This book falls far below the standard of other Dummies books I have. All those reviewers who say it is badly explained without due thought for beginnners are right. The writer suffers from the disgusting disease of explaining to people who already know what is going on. This is the disease Dummies books claim to cure. Ha!! I wrote to IDG, the publishers of the Dummies books, with details and examples of bad, unclear explanations. A form letter said they would reply later. They never did. I want my money back!!