- Paperback: 456 pages
- Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (December 7, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470647833
- ISBN-13: 978-0470647837
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,257,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Addresses how to avoid common mistakes, debug code, and use best programming practices
Walks you through modifying element style
Details how to handle events with a cross-browser event utility object
Highlights conventions and best practices aimed at helping you write more efficient code
Explains how to send and receive data with Ajax and JSON
Wrox guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think. Written by programmers for programmers, they provide a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.
On the DVD
Don't just learndo!
The lessons within the book are each accompanied by an instructional demonstration on the DVDover 4 hours of video tutorials!
You'll learn to:
Execute code based on conditions
Repeat code with loops
Access and alter styles
Dynamically create new HTML elements
Navigate the document object model
Enable drag and drop in the browser
Handle errors and debug with Firebug
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My only complaints is that he does cover multiple ways of handling the same situation, which is very useful to know, but also made it difficult to grasp which method would be the most appropriate. There is also a good dvd included which walks you through all of the examples and he provides extra information here and there and clears up some of the more confusing topics.
Overall, I really recommend this book. It's not completely comprehensive, but it moves fast and highlights many of the more interesting aspects of js!
To study, what I like to do is read the chapter and highlight differences that I see between this language and JAVA, since that is my background. I do the tutorial at the end. Then I watch the video as a kind of review, to help cement the concepts in my mind.
Thank you Jeremy for your real hard work.I definitely recommend this book if you are an absolute beginner or have some knowledge working with it
The nice thing about this book is that chapters are short and sweet; each one is just a few pages plus exercises, focusing on the main ideas for each concept. As a result, it's easy to sit down and read a chapter without feeling that you have to have a half hour free to work through it. Naturally, the short chapters mean that the main reading doesn't have much in the way of extra examples - for that, you need to do the sample problems. While I haven't used it, the book also comes with a DVD containing video lessons over the same material.
Speaking of the sample problems - they're straightforward and to the point, but I do have two complaints. One is that every problem set starts the same way: with instructions to use a text editor (with several suggested) and a modern web browser (again, with several suggested). Secondly, each chapter has you create a new folder, which will often hold only one or two files. Seems a bit silly when the exercises only take a few minutes anyway! If you follow the instructions, you'll also end up retyping stuff that carries over from chapter to chapter rather than continuing to work on the same file (or copying it to the new folder), although I suppose that can be excused on the grounds of making it easy to jump to any chapter.
So what's the verdict? I don't really see using this as a reference book - it's a "get started quickly" book rather than a "show everything you might need" book. That said, getting started quickly is exactly what I needed to do, and for that, this book serves its purpose. If you're looking to jump in quickly, I'd say this book is a good buy.
This review originally appeared on Vulcan Ears Book Reviews (vulcanears.com).
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