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Supercharged JavaScript Graphics: with HTML5 canvas, jQuery, and More [Kindle Edition]

Raffaele Cecco
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Book Description

With HTML5 and improved web browser support, JavaScript has become the tool of choice for creating high-performance web graphics. This faced-paced book shows you how to use JavaScript, jQuery, DHTML, and HTML5's Canvas element to create rich web applications for computers and mobile devices.

By following real-world examples, experienced web developers learn fun and useful approaches to arcade games, DHTML effects, business dashboards, and other applications. This book serves complex subjects in easily digestible pieces, and each topic acts as a foundation for the next.

  • Tackle JavaScript optimization and understand how it impacts performance
  • Create fast-moving graphics by combining old-school DHTML with jQuery
  • Learn advanced UI techniques using the jQuery UI and Ext JS libraries
  • Build games with collision detection, object handling, and JavaScript scrolling techniques
  • Master HTML5 Canvas basics for drawings, fills, bitmaps, animation, and more
  • Create applications for the small screen with jQuery Mobile and PhoneGap
  • Use Google’s data visualization tools to create interactive dashboards


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About the Author

Raffaele Cecco is a veteran software developer from the European video games industry. He served as Technical Director at London-based software studio King of the Jungle Ltd, where he created software for clients such as Hasbro and Virgin. He has also worked with web technologies and retail e-commerce systems.


Product Details

  • File Size: 2973 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (July 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EI85IC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #724,734 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read for the intermediate JavaScript developer August 22, 2011
Format:Paperback
I like that the book begins with a DHTML example, this makes the reader really understand the fact that building the web is possible with many tools and that each tool has its cons and pros. The newest toys ( canvas, webgl etc ) aren't necessarily the best or the fastest to build a proper user experience. In the beginning of the book the reader get acquainted with; the browser landscape, sprites, framerates and best practices for working with the DOM which is a pain for performance. The code examples are clear and luckily without excessive comments, which makes the example easy to read for the more experienced developers which are books target group.

The next chapters concern page enhancing techniques like scrolling effects, ui-libraries and shows the best way to create user interface elements form scratch. Al these chapters are a fine introduction for the more performance hungry subjects of games.

The second part of the book dicusses games, staring with a DHTML version of space invaders. This game example incorporates a lot previeous learned techniques en demonstrates the power and performance of well used DHTML.
Of course the power of the newer toys are easy to see with the examples in the book for example the ( recursive ) tree example is a brilliant example of the performance of the canvas element. The bigger part of this book emphasizes on the canvas element. The book clearly demonstrates the posibillities and raw power of the element.
The following chapters cover mobile javascript graphics, phonegap and the Google Charts API.

At first the mix of topics seemed strange to me, however the chapter were really fun to read and I will definitilly use Google Charts in upcoming projects if needed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book that provides straightforward insight October 20, 2011
Format:Paperback
These days there are a ton of Javascript books out there. So many that it becomes difficult to sift through them all to find the one that's appropriate to your knowledge level and style of learning. Fortunately, Raffaele Cecco's Supercharged Javascript Graphics fills that role admirably.

The book runs the gamut of Javascript graphical effects, all explained in a way that's somewhere between a super dry omnibus tome that attempts to describe the language and its entire use and a 'cookbook' style super-topical volume that maybe doesn't go into as much detail as you'd like. I was delighted to find relatively in-depth approaches to things that I've never attempted, but that I still found fascinating to read about: 3D Carousels, multiple methods of scrolling, tilemaps, and animations, to name just a few. Again, these are things that, on starting this book, I had not really thought of using, but now that's I've read about them, I'm sure I'll have to work them into some Web design work.

I could discuss any number of sections of the book in detail, but as a game programmer, it only seems appropriate that I would gravitate that section of the book; in Chapter 5, the author begins the process of recreating a variation on a personal favorite game of mine, Space Invaders, called Orbit Assault. This alone is worth the price of this book, for me at least. While the game code itself is not especially complex (nor is the game itself, for that matter) stepping the reader through the entire process of creating sprites, importing game assets, and setting up the engine and user input is nicely self-contained and useful. I've personally not attempted to make a Javascript game, but after reading this, I suspect I'll give it a go, after seeing the ease with which it can be accomplished.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun way to deepen your knowledge of JavaScript October 7, 2011
Format:Paperback
I loved reviewing this book. Not only I learned a lot of new, cool tricks, the methods, tools and techniques I learned, from JavaScript code optimization to proper usage of jQuery Mobile and PhoneGap, were well worth the time invested in reading the book. The text flows well and the examples are easy to follow, understand and apply to your projects. When there is more ground to be covered, the book will point you in the right direction to continue playing with the technologies introduced.

Fair warning: JavaScript can be very alien to people who come from other languages and you have to be reasonably proficient with JavaScript to make full use of this book.

Disclosure: This book was provided by O'Reilly Media as part of their blogger review program
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars supercharge your skills September 27, 2013
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Suppercharged graphics brings a fairly broad topic into a condensed format that the beginer can learn from, the intermediate can expand their knowledge and the advanced can reference. The ouline discribes very well what the book covers. One note for beginers, not to scare them off, you do need to develope a good grasp of quasi classes (javascipt doesnt have classes like other C type languages), callbacks and patterns. Great utility book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So Far So Good May 2, 2013
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I admit that other projects have taken me away from this book for now, but I am impressed with the practical value and the easy style of the author. I hope to get back to it soon. In the meantime, I have played with all the code provided and am anxious to update my website(s) in surprising ways. I will give it more stars when I finish?
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