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JavaScript Phrasebook Paperback – September 7, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0672328800 ISBN-10: 0672328801 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (September 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672328801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672328800
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.5 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,814,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Developers are hungry for a concise, easy-to-use reference that puts essential code "phrases" at their fingertips. JavaScript, and the related AJAX, is hot and there is little to no information on how to use JavaScript to develop AJAX-based applications. While there are many JavaScript books on the market, most of them are dated and few cover the most recent developments, such as AJAX.  JavaScript Phrasebookis the guide to JavaScript and AJAX that you can and will take with you everywhere. Skipping the usual tutorial on JavaScript and introducing AJAX as one of the first published works on the topic, theJavaScript Phrasebookgoes straight to practical JavaScript and AJAX tools, providing immediately applicable solutions for frequent tasks and code so flexible that it is easily adapted to the your individual needs.

About the Author

Christian Wenz is a professional phrasemonger, author, trainer, and consultant with a focus on web technologies. He frequently contributes articles to renowned IT magazines and speaks at conferences around the globe. Christian contributes to several PHP packages in the PEAR repository and also maintains one Perl CPAN module. He holds a degree (“Diplom”) in Computer Sciences from Technical University of Munich and lives and works in Munich, Germany. He also is Europe’s very first Zend Certified Professional and founding principal at the PHP Security Consortium. He has written or cowritten more than four dozen books, including PHP 5 Unleashed and PHP Phrasebook.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Lawrence VINE VOICE on September 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
Sam's has done a few of these "Phrasebok" style books - small, pocketbook size, relatively short. This doesn't replace O'Reilly's "Javascript - the Definitive Guide" (and there is some overlap), but it's a handly little thing to augment it.

It's all short code examples, with explanations. The assumption is that you already know some Javascript or will go look it up if not.

I'm impressed by how much the author packs in here. It's like admiring a well packed suitcase: how did he manage to squeeze so much into such a small space?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Hedrick Skarjune on June 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
Christian Wenz was writing about AJAX before AJAX was invented...er, coined, so he knows a lot about JavaScript. He can succinctly differentiate the marketing of DHTML from the usability of DOM as an object model and API. He has expertise in both the Microsoft and Open Source realms. And, Wenz helped create the Phrasebook series. This is not a book for "Dummies," this is the real thing.

Lots of web sites are using AJAX libraries today, and way too many web designers have called upon JavaScript with client-side tricks downloaded over the years. What a typical developer needs are clear methods for tweaking AJAX, fixing buggy tricks, and just for making the quick hack on the client to solve a problem.

While a book this small can't begin to cover everything, it has an intelligent outline that does cover many common code techniques. Best of all, the Phrasebook format has the right balance of explanation to code. It's tighter than an O'Reilly Nutshell edition, while handier than a Pocket Guide. Let's face it, a selection from the latter series does fit in your pocket, but at the expense of no explanations nor examples.

Here's an example of a handy hack easily solved with the JavaScript Phrasebook, one that might not be so obvious to a JavaScript novice. You've got a dynamic iframe element inside of a static web page, and you want to pass a parameter from the static URL. Huh, aren't query strings for dynamic pages? Sure, but what's the hack? Wenz provides a short item on "Retrieving GET Parameters" in Chapter 2 on "Common Phrases" along with "Using Iframes" in Chapter 9 on Windows and Frames.

So, if you are a developer in need of such essentials on the fly, you'll find the JavaScript Phrasebook to be handy. Oh yeah, it does fit in a pocket.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Satyendra Dhingra on September 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
I would not recommend this book for either a beginners or for people who already know JS. I am not sure
which audience is this book trying to target.
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