- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1st edition (May 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596517742
- ISBN-13: 978-0596517748
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 433 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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for your pursuit of knowledge. In my case, I started with the ECMA-262 standard
for ECMAScript 5. You can tell that there was a lot of love there; though it
wasn't really the right place (at least for me) to get started. Instead I wanted
a "when the tires hit the pavement" overview, and the book delivered that.
The book is lovingly written in a way that all technical people should behave,
or for that matter, every conscious entity should behave: focus on the positive,
respect the negative, and move on with life. The book covers tons of great guts
of the language and how to use it "for real". I need not say more, the book
delivers on its promises, and that is why I gave it a 5/5.
The Kindle version looks great, everything is readable. The chapters and
sections are light and terse, you get a lot of bang for your buck. In terms of
the voice, it wasn't my personal preference, and for me it was really hard
reading, but that is my problem, not the author's, and consequently the rating
That said, I realized why coffee script is great to work with -- many of the opinionated problems in this book don't exist in coffee script. I just never really had the perspective to realize it.
New concepts are presented with the aid of "railroad" diagrams. These were a bit cryptic at first, but easy to decipher after some study. In some areas, performance implications of using the "good" parts versus the "bad" parts (or vice versa) were either skimmed over or skipped. I would have liked to see more analysis and benchmarking on that front.
All in all, this book is worth the read. It is quick and thought-provoking, as well as a valuable addition to the bookshelf.