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Jacob Gube is a massive MooTools developer. He is the Founder and Chief Editor of Six Revisions, a website dedicated to web developers and web designers. He's also written for other popular web publications such as Read Write Web and Smashing Magazine discussing web technologies and development. A web professional for 8 years, Jacob is an in-house web developer specializing in distance-learning education and web accessibility, using PHP, MooTools, and jQuery to get the job done. Garrick Cheung is a designer-developer and a member of the official Mootools Community team. He's currently a Senior Technical Producer for CBS Interactive developing for sites such as, and He's passionate about code optimization and loves to teach and develop in MooTools. Garrick also writes about code and development at his site,
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (January 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847194583
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847194589
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,498,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chase on December 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
There were two things I really didn't like about this book. First, I'm frustrated with the author's understanding of the purpose of Mootools. Mootools is a framework that intends to restructure javascript into a more scalable programming language. However, the author instead treats the language as if it were jQuery, going so far as to call the DOM selector functions the "bread and butter of MooTools". I was frankly horrified by this statement. DOM manipulation is only a small subset of MooTools. The true bread and butter is actually the class object of MooTools, which can be used for much more than just messing around with web pages. The author fails to teach the reader the true power of MooTools and the reason it's called a framework and not a library.

The second aspect of this book that frustrates me is how the author deliberately copies images and code repetitively to increase the page count. For example, when writing a block of code, the author writes down line 1-10, explains it, than writes lines 1-20, explains it, 1-43 and so on until you've seen the same piece of code no less than 10 times. As another example, the author loves to use pointless images to teach the reader what is happening. In one section, he makes a box, moves it right, widens it, hides it, shows it, and moves it back left. He then proceeds to show an image of a browser of each step of this process, as if words weren't enough. This results in four pages of images that were completely unnecessary.

Due to the author's misunderstanding of MooTools existence and flagrant page filling techniques, this book took me less than two hours to get through. There is no reason anyone should buy this book. If you want to use MooTools to exploit the methods described in this book, mainly DOM manipulation, plugin writing, and AJAX, use jQuery instead. If you want to learn what the builders of MooTools intended for the language, buy another book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erik Hazzard on February 15, 2010
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MooTools 1.2 Beginner's Guide is an outstanding book. It aims to provide a solid foundation for MooTools new comers, and assumes a limited knowledge of Javascript, HTML, and CSS. It is not just a laundry list of MooTool function definitions, but at provides a complete coverage of how MooTools geared towards a beginner. I highly recommend it.
This is a superb book and excellent resource not just to learn MooTools, but the authors also succeed in installing some pretty important general programming concepts. The authors far exceeded my expectations for this title, and although I have been using MooTools fairly regularly for almost two years, I too picked up a few things.
This is truly a great foundational type of book, not just for MooTools but for web development in general. This book, I believe, has done something I feel is very much needed for MooTools to really take off even more than it has - it has made the framework very approachable and attractive to people not just trying to decide what JS framework to use, but also to those people who aren't even sure what a framework is.
It's fun and easy to read, chock full of code samples that are thoroughly explained and screen shots. I went through every example, and found only one occurrence of a minor error in the code provided - most books are ripe with coding errors, but this book really has none. The code is beautifully structured and everything is clearly explained and laid out.
If you're remotely interested in MooTools, Javascript, or using a Javascript framework - get this book. It is one of the best beginner type of books I have had the pleasure to come across.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Newton on February 23, 2010
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If I were just picking up MooTools (or JavaScript) I think that this book would feel like downloading MooTools was an adventure. It opens up a world of cool functionality that anyone can apply to their work without much effort. If I were a good programmer - and maybe already well versed in JavaScript - I'd probably finish the book and have a lot of questions, most of which can be answered by reading materials online or, better yet, downloading MooTools and reading the source itself.

As a beginner's guide, the book is very successful. If you're new to MooTools, and especially if you're new to JavaScript, and you're thinking of buying one MooTools book, this is definitely the one to get.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David J. Walsh on March 12, 2010
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I was very impressed with this book and I believe it's the perfect book for any developer looking to enter the MooTools pastures. My only major desire is that the book cover MooTools' native object prototype modification; beside that oversight, I'd recommend this book to both rookie and novice MooTools developers. MooTools 1.2 Beginner's Guide should be required reading for MooTools developers looking to master the basic of MooTools.
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