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Learning JavaScript: A Hands-On Guide to the Fundamentals of Modern JavaScript Paperback – August 5, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0321832740 ISBN-10: 0321832744 Edition: 1st
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About the Author

Tim Wright has been a web designer and front-end developer since 2004, primarily focusing on CSS, HTML, accessibility, and building applications that scale from desktop to mobile device. Wright has worked at various universities nationwide, fostering Web standards at each of them. Wright has written on front-end development for popular online web design  publications such as Smashing Magazine, SitePoint, and Web Designer Depot, and has spoken at events including  Future of Web Design.

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Product Details

  • Series: Learning
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (August 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321832744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321832740
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #732,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AnilSaldhana on October 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
Rating: Strong Buy
Audience: People who are learning Javascript or want to understand how Javascript powers the Browser programming.

My favorite chapters:
Chapter 1:
Tim Wright does an excellent job of explaining the concepts behind "Progressive Enhancement". Although I was aware of the separation of CSS, JavaScript and HTML content, I had never come across the term "Progressive Enhancement" or the history behind it. Tim does an excellent job here introducing PE and the history/logic behind it. In my opinion, understanding the philosophy of PE is very essential for modern web programmers.

Chapter 8: Communicating with the server through Ajax
This is a very important topic. Ajax is the underlying paradigm for modern web communication. Tim does an excellent job explaining Ajax and the various forms.

Chapter 10: Libraries with Javascipt
No Javascript book is complete without the best JS library out there - JQuery. Tim does a clean job of introducing JQuery and the various options.

Chapter 11: HTML5 Javascript APIs
HTML5 brings in new html elements and some changes to JS. Decent introduction to the changes are described in this chapter. I found the section on "Web Workers" quite useful.

Overall Impression:
This is an excellent book to be added to your technical library. If you need advanced treatment of topics in Javascript, you can go for a dedicated book or search online. But for quick reference or to learn about various things, this is excellent.

Anil Saldhana
Chicago Java Users Group.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Valentin Gavan on December 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
Tim Wright's book presents in a unique, easy read way, the fundamentals and the concepts behind JavaScript. The author does a great job of presenting the language without being to overwhelming with information and I think this makes it a very useful book for anyone who wants to learn JavaScript or to get to know the fundamentals better.

The book provides useful information about the concepts of JavaScript and how this language should be used in relation to HTML & CSS and goes from the basic things like accessing the DOM, understanding how variables, functions and loops work, to more advanced concepts like JSON and HTML5 JavaScript APIs. It also looks into some of the most used JavaScript libraries and presents the advantages and disadvantages of using them. The book presents code examples along the way which makes the content easier to follow and understand. However I didn't find all the code examples particular useful and some readers might feel that the book lacks some more in depth info about some of the fundamentals presented.

I like the writing style of the author and I will definitely look for other books written by him. I think "Learning JavaScript: A Hands-On Guide to the Fundamentals of Modern JavaScript" is a great book not only for beginners who are starting to learn the language but it's also useful for anyone who wants to better understand some of the concepts behind the language. If you are interested in JavaScript this is a book you should not skip. I enjoyed reading it and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Swenor on September 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a must have book for anyone that wants to learn JavaScript. This book takes you through a very intuitive process of learning that slowly introduces you to the fundamentals of JavaScript. The books starts off with a few chapters to get you feet wet, and then builds a great foundation for the rest of your learning with a "glossary" in the middle of the book. This really helps the reader to grasp the more advanced portions of the book. A great first book by Tim, and I hope to see many more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dan on November 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
It's telling that the subtitle to this book is "A Hands-On Guide to the Fundamentals of Modern JavaScript". Much like kids who have grown up never having not had a computer or access to the internet, so it is that the majority of website users have taken for granted the front-end power of JavaScript to aid their web browsing experience.

Without JavaScript many modern websites would break, or their functionality would be considerably reduced. Many shopping experiences rely on some form of front-end manipulation, either to validate a form or to update a basket. And with the advent of tablet and smart phones we are seeing JavaScript and its related libraries and frameworks, jQuery, MooTools and YUI to name but a few, as the worthy successor to Flash-based websites.

Tim Wright's book helpfully looks at both the history and principles behind developing with JavaScript. He helps us with terms such as Progressive Enhancement and the role played by both developers and designers.

The book gently takes the reader through frequently used terminology such a storage, strings, DOM and events. Examples are simple to understand and are backed up by online, downloadable versions.

Though having spent many years developing for the web I still find it helpful to go back to go back to books like this to revise my knowledge around storage using arrays, JSON and HTML5. It's pleasing also to see functions, variables and loops explained in a clear manner. And to look at the accessibility issues around AJAX.

I'm glad this book exists and have shared it with a younger member of the team who may otherwise have been dropped in the deep end. We are happily discussing AJAX calls, traveling through the DOM and when not to rely on libraries.
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