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JavaScript: Your Visual Blueprintfor Building Dynamic Web Pages Paperback – October 15, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0764574979 ISBN-10: 0764574973 Edition: 2nd

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Javascript: your visual blueprint for building dynamic Web pages offers you:

"Apply It" and "Extra" sidebars highlighting useful tips
High-resolution screenshots demonstrating each task
Succinct explanations walking you through step-by-step
Two-page lessons breaking big topics into bite-sized modules

PLUS A BONUS CD-ROM with web development tools:

Dreamweaver and NetObjects Fusion trials
Homesite 4.5 for Windows evaluation version
BBEdit demo
HotDog Express demo
Ulead Web GIF Animator trial version
And many other useful apps.

Plus all code and examples from the text and a fully searchable e-version of the book --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

Welcome to the only guidebook series that takes a visual approach to professional-level computer topics. Open the book and you'll discover step-by-step screen shots that demonstrate over 100 key JavaScript techniques, including:
  • Using buttons to trigger events
  • Changing text and link colors
  • Determining environmental properties
  • Detecting a browser
  • Working with frames and forms
  • Assigning values to variables
  • Declaring functions
  • Creating instances
  • Programming for IE 6, Netscape® 7.1, and Apple Safari

"I've read a number of your programming books, and they've really helped me. You really know how to get people addicted to learning! I'm a very satisfied Visual customer. Keep up the excellent work!"
— Helen Lee (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

  • High-resolution screen shots demonstrate each task
  • Succinct explanations walk you through step by step
  • Two-page lessons break big topics into bite-sized modules
  • "Apply It" and "Extra"sidebars highlight useful tips
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Product Details

  • Series: Visual Blueprint
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Visual; 2 edition (October 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764574973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764574979
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,485,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These examples make great building blocks for continuing on later to build larger scripts.
Robin G. Sowton
I feel, however, that a lot of space was wasted in trying to oversimply and overdescribe screens where a little more detail would have been appropriate.
Angry Rooster
The examples are short but focused on the concept being explained, and are very easy to follow.
RJMacReady

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul Vachier on September 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
I've bought almost every JavaScript book on the market (and I've also co-authored one: "Plug-n-Play JavaScript"). This is definitely one of the best unless you are looking for an advanced level book. This book is ideal for someone who knows the basics already but is looking to learn a little more. It's one of the few books that covers all of the most important basic concepts in JavaScript (eg. using variables, strings, loops, arrays, operators, expressions, timers, etc.) without giving you fluff. It gives you the basic building blocks to you need to get into JavaScript in a productive way. Very easy to follow and understand. I also recommend Danny Goodman's JavaScript Bible (more advanced) or the O'Reilly JavaScript book (more of a reference, but indispensable). I wish I could recommend my book but it is hopelessly outdated...
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By NoJunkMail on November 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
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The publisher has now provided me with a corrected copy so I would like to update on my negative remarks made previously. This an excellent book for beginning JavaScript programmers and it also makes a good reference (or cookbook) for experienced programmers. If you need a jumpstart into the world of clientside scripting this is the book I recommend. Give it 5 stars now.

[Old review: I have just received this book in its first printing of the 2nd edition.
Unfortunately the publishers have let the author down badly.
This book would have rated 5 stars from me if it did not contain bad printing errors which cause most of example code in the diagrams to be invisible.
Hold off on this one until the next corrected printing.]
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robin G. Sowton on June 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
I wish this had been my first Javascript book. If you're a visual learner and you're examples-oriented, then this is the book to get. (If you're not this type of learner, then I would suggest perhaps the Javascript book from Visual Quickstart.)
This book provides basic scripts that you can build (or copy) and add to your web pages. The nice visual layout makes it easy to see and grasp the syntax, and understand how principles are being applied.
The script examples cover such fundamentals as adding timers, building arrays, responding to events, and retaining page history (e.g., scripting to go back to a page that had been previously loaded). These examples make great building blocks for continuing on later to build larger scripts.
As other reviewers have commented, this book is also useful as a quick 'look-up' for the casual user. I hesitate to give the book a 5, only because it may not be the best beginner book for other types of learning styles.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RJMacReady VINE VOICE on June 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
If you are an experienced programmer who is a javascript beginner, this would be a good place to start. The book is clearly organized and explaines a large number of basic javascript concepts in quick concise language. The examples are short but focused on the concept being explained, and are very easy to follow. And their are plenty of them. The only drawback is that the book doesn't spend any time on programming fundamentals, so if you have never programmed before you probably will want to try something else. If you have programmed before, you probably don't want that stuff any. It only gets in the way.
Word up.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Akm on June 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a decent book on JavaScript. The format consists of a detailed explanation of a concept or technique then example code. It's filled with many useful examples both large and small. This book has a lot of good information and probably could have benefited from being a bit longer. Many areas were covered including event handling, debugging and objects. There was also a great chapter on cascading style sheets (Probably just a setup for the next chapter on DHTML).

The code is displayed using screens shots of the code in a notepad window on the author's computer. At times it was difficult getting the whole picture of the code across multiple screen shots. It was sometimes difficult reading and typing code from these screen shots as well. I had a lot of errors because I couldn't tell the difference between a single and double quote or between a comma and period. This was more of a problem with the lengthier scripts. Also, the order of the chapters wasn't very helpful either since many concepts were used in early chapters but not explained until a later chapter.

This book is definitely more of a reference than a book on actually teaching the fundamentals of the language. Though as a reference it has far fewer pages compared to a code bible or cookbook. It's probably better for someone who wants to cut and paste code or is already fairly fluent in another programming/scripting language.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 23, 2003
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JavaScript seems to drive everything these days, so you cannot create good webpages without knowing what it is and how it works. I really love these Read Less - Learn More books, for they are constructed so intelligently. They gives simply, clear instuctions that have sceenshots to show precisely what they are detailing. In a matter of a few minutes you will see the world of JavaScript in much simplier terms. Cannot recommend this book enough for novices webdesigners. A Must.
Comes with CD Rom.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Yannick Salgleda on July 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
If you are not a hardcore javascript programmer and you find yourself in need of a snippet of code, you can find it easily with a simple working example in this book. I am primarily an Visual Basic/ASP/ASP.NET programmer and use javascript from time to time to do simple things on the client that reduce unnecessary hits to the web server. When you don't program in a language every day you often forget many of the nuances of the language and this books effectively helps fill that gap for me. Many books fall short of being good programming references by not giving clear concise and short examples like this book does.
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