- 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (568 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I thought the author's other "Missing Manual" on CSS was very good and said so. ( CSS: The Missing Manual ) I am not so sure about this one.
Do you find the syntax to be non-intuitive and frustrating?
Do you know the difference between using a function as an object vs using an object literal?
Do you know how using object literals can simplify your code and create something similar to namespaces?
Do you know how to augment the type system -- for example, if wanted all strings to have a trim() method?
Do you know why the "new" statement is so dangerous? Do you know an alternative that eliminates the use of "new" entirely?
These are some of the topics that the book touches upon.
You might ask "Isn't this stuff already covered in other books that I have?" The answer is no. For one, most other books use a psuedo-classical coding style (see below) to explain objects that is a source of confusion.
There are a series of Yahoo! videos by Crockford that mirror the material in this book and can be found as podcasts under YUI Theater. They contain nearly all of the material in the book and probably a little more. Those videos are:
- Douglas Crockford/An Inconvenient API: The Theory of the DOM (3 parts)
This book is NOT for beginners to programming.
This book is very opinionated on what the core language constructs are and how to use them and avoid the other parts.
Also, you can find Crockford on youtube quite easily. I went through his excellent series here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxAXlJEmNMg&list=PL7664379246A246CB
Update: Note: I have purchased 3 O'Reilly books in the last couple of months. Each one of them has literally fallen apart. I will be reading a page and the page will come out of the binding. I am fairly gentle on the books so I think there is a binding problem at O'Reilly.