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ISBN-10: 0980285801
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About the Author

Kevin Yank is a world-renowned leader in web development. When not writing best sellers, Kevin is the Technical Director of and editor of the popular SitePoint Tech Times newsletter.

Cameron Adams is an author of multiple web development books and is often referred to as a "Web Technologist." In addition to his extensive JavaScript experience, Cameron's passions extend to CSS, PHP, and graphic design.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: SitePoint; 1 edition (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980285801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980285802
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Nate Klaiber on July 5, 2007
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Simply Javascript by Kevin Yank and Cameron Adams lives up to the subtitle of Everything you need to learn Javascript from scratch. Javascript is a tricky subject to tackle. The Internet is full of Javascript snippets and code samples everywhere you look. Often times these code samples are less than satisfactory when you are addressing accessibility within your website. Many of the code samples contain outdated and proprietary code samples, making it a task to work out kinks and debug. The good news with this book is that they stick to a standard. All code used in this book uses object literal notation. Sticking to a coding style and format helps make this book an incredible read. Throughout this book you will learn the underpinnings of Javascript and how you can achieve different tasks.

Learning Javascript from scratch can be a daunting task. After all, there are several libraries and free scripts that you can essentially download and plugin to your website. But what happens when things go wrong? What happens when you need to modify the script to fit your needs? Having a solid foundation and understanding of Javascript will help you as you begin to develop for your own needs. This book gently walks you through the steps you need to take to achieve that solid foundation.

Chapter 1 starts off with a brief primer of unobtrusive Javascript and it's role in the three layers of the web. HTML is your content. CSS is your presentation. Javascript is your behavior. These three aspects need to be separate from one another and also co-exist at the same time. Gone are the days of inline event handlers and functions. Using the power of the DOM you can rest assured your HTML will be pure and your applications will work flawlessly without Javascript enabled.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Brett on August 7, 2007
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I began the book with very little knowledge of Javascript, although I am familiar with programming concepts and it has been great. I like the informal tone, and the examples are clear and easy to understand. It is not boring like most programming books. They emphasize keeping Javascript out of the html which adds a bit more complexity to the code than the old way of putting it right into the tags. This is good because it is standards compliant, but not as easy to learn.

Be forewarned, this book starts with the basics but quickly jumps into the meat of Javascript. There is serious coding here, and it is not something you can read in a day. If you are not too familiar with coding principles like arrays, objects, or functions, it might be too much too fast. I would recommend JavaScript Demystified if you are beginner to scripting or programming because it spends a lot more time on basic concepts.

Overall a great beginner-intermediate book on JavaScript.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By James Holmes on January 5, 2008
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I've been exposed to very little JavaScript, so I was very happy to get a review copy of this sent to me. First off, I'm a big fan of SitePoint's other books, and secondly I was looking forward to a book which would hopefully give me some good ground-up fundamentals. I'm not completely through the book yet, but I'm very impressed with it so far.

The book starts out with some good software design tenets by emphasizing the need to keep content, style, and behavior separated out, then moves into some very basic steps for programming in JavaScript. The programming intro chapter starts out completely for beginners by laying out what variables are, what conditions and loops are, etc. Later chapters hit the DOM, JavaScript libraries, events, debugging, Ajax, and a few other topics.

The authors do a very good job of laying out their topics, and I enjoyed their clear, enjoyable writing style. I think they do a pretty good job of discussing good development, and they're all over things like browser compatibility issues and other "Gotcha!" type issues. They've got a nice set of sidebars for tricks and tips as well as things to look out for.

I also like that it's another SitePoint book with loads of color throughout. I'm not sure how SitePoint does it, but their continuing journey with all the color books is absolutely great to behold.

On the downside, I'm not a fan of some of the example code I saw, which in several cases was more convoluted than good design would dictate (multiple nested for loops, return statements from other method calls being used as return values themselves, etc.). I also would have liked to see some discussion of testing via tools like Selenium or JsUnit.

Overall I really like the book a lot. They talk standards, they talk cool tools like FireBug, they make some headway with good decisions about separation of code, content, and style.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By KayTheTeacher on August 6, 2008
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Quite frankly, I couldn't make sense out of it. The examples don't seem to work, or they require knowing something that wasn't mentioned in the book. For a book entitled "Simply" I kind of expected that I would be able to write basic javascript by the time I had finished it. Sadly, this was not the case.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By music2me on May 26, 2011
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The Good: Content is well presented and easy to follow. Good advice on how to setup your JavaScript code so that others can use it in future modifications to a web site. Good book for programers with some experience in website code development who want the basics on JavaScript and how to apply it.

The Bad: This book was written in 2007 and JavaScript has changed since then and obviously the book does not cover these changes. Not for novice programers with no experience running code in web browsers. No explanations on how to modify the code so it will run in modern browsers.

The Ugly: Some of the code examples will not run without modifications due to modern browser specs in 2011. Some of the code samples will not run due to errors which makes it tough for beginners to learn the basics.

You can read this book as a rental on Safari online book site or if get the Kindle edition on Amazon. I do not recommend buying it new as its not worth the price.
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