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DOM Scripting: Web Design with JavaScript and the Document Object Model 1st Corrected ed., Corr. 2nd printing Edition

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Jeremy Keith is a web developer living and working in Brighton, England. Working with the web consultancy firm Clearleft (Clearleft.com), he enjoys building accessible, elegant websites using the troika of web standards: XHTML, CSS, and the DOM. His online home is Adactio.com. Jeremy is also a member of the WebStandards.org, where he serves as joint leader of the DOM Scripting Task Force. When he's not building websites, Jeremy plays bouzouki in the alt.country band Salter Cane (SalterCane.com). He is also the creator and curator of one of the web's largest online communities dedicated to Irish traditional music, TheSession.org.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1st Corrected ed., Corr. 2nd printing edition (September 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590595335
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590595336
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,486,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is directed toward scripters at the beginning and intermediate level. This is also a very good book for the veteran scripter who wants to re-tool as DOM-based techniques take hold.

I think Jeremy Keith takes the best road when he launches directly into DOM methods and objects, only mentioning the older ways for completeness. Most often, JavaScript books do the opposite -- mentioning DOM scripting only as an advanced art. But why learn the older ways when you must unlearn them later?

The author focuses on teaching correct methods and approaches, often taking the long way around to make it easier to see the larger picture. This requires a lot of forethought and organization on the part of an author and here the material excels. I don't think anyone will trip up following this guide through the Web script jungle.

The author also avoids the unbearable humor and cutesy language encountered so often in tech books. Thank you Mr. Keith! This is good, clear writing to go with good, clean scripting.

Quibbles: I think the author should have been more concerned with compatibility issues, esp. with IE6, the decrepit but still dominant browser. For instance, on pp 200-01, he recommends using the setAttribute() method to set a class but does not mention that IE improperly demands "className" as a parameter. His snippet would fail in IE. The chapter on CSS scripting was good but barely scratched the surface, not mentioning a bunch of cool scriptable objects.

Overall, this book is a worthy tool that should be welcomed by the target audience.
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There's been a lull in the past couple years with JavaScript books. Even though there are many sites that use DHTML and DOM scripting, there never was any books that really explain how to do these very useful and cool effects. Plenty of websites to download and copy code, but nothing that really explains how to do it. UNTIL NOW!!!

The moment I start reading the first chapter, I knew I would finally learn what DOM scripting really meant. I've read through many basic JavaScript books from different publishers but all of them just briefly described how the DOM worked in one brief chapter. The whole DOM Scripting book talks about it.

The first 2 chapters are a brief refresher course of the JavaScript basics, and then the 3rd chapter starts in with the DOM. After a thorough explanation of what it is and how it can be used, the next chapters go through various projects in reviewing how it can be used in real life web design.

There are eight chapters that explain and show you how DOM scripting can be used. The final chapter talks about the future of scripting and gives examples of AJAX--a great bonus!

I highly recommend this book to anybody who wants to take their JavaScript code to the next level. It's also a great book to help would-be AJAX programmers as well. Since you have to have a very good understanding of DOM to create AJAX applications.
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When a Javascript/DOM book:

1) ..starts by introducing Javascript and it's syntax instead of jumping into DOM immediately.

2) ..Explains every single bit of code in a simple language.

3) ..uses simple and easy-to-follow code.

4) ..Starts a chapter with a very simple program and build on it as you read.

5) ..lets you put up your first useful/practical Javascript script in a few hours.

6) ..encourages you to 'understand' the code instead of 'memorizing' it

7) ..is written by Jeremy Keith

..Then you know it's worth every single cent you spend on it. I have nothing to say here except that if you're someone who knows nothing about Javascript/DOM and is willing to learn it, then you really shouldn't miss this book. But If you're an intermediate or advanced Javascript/DOM coder, then buying this book is not a good idea. It was solely made for begginers.
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The intent of the author is to show how JavaScript, with the DOM Api, can indeed be used in an intelligent way, debunking the myth (somehow justified by the horrific javascript code laying around) that "scripting languages" are somehow inherently inferior to compiled ones. Incidentally, this effort is similar to what Damian Conway has recently done, in a larger scale, for Perl ("Perl Best Practices").

The book is at its best when it describes how to methodically partition the design of a web page in 3 areas: the content-markup (xhtml), the presentation (css), the behavior (JavaScript, DOM). Jeremy Keith achieves this not by abruptly inflicting the reader with massive dosis of W3C standards, but rather "by evolution", taking one example (an "image gallery") coded in the traditional way, and continuously improving and refining it. Incidentally, the web pages that emerge are of a stunning beauty.

The book has its weak moments; I mention only two of them, one on the theory, the other on programming:

1) an apparent inconsistency on the properties of childNode[] array. After having repeatedly stated that this array contains ALL the children of an element node ("including the attribute nodes", see p. 67), it suddenly states (p. 70, p. 154, etc) that the text node of a paragraph node is the first and ONLY node of childNodes[]. Some tests (using elements that had attributes) confirmed that this last statement was correct. So, apparently, the childNodes[] array of an element does NOT report its attribute nodes, contradicting the first assertion.

2) the function "showPicture()", the central routine of the example that runs across all the book. All is fine, until Jeremy suddenly decides to change (ch 6, p.
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