- 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: 574 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Don't pay attention to the comments about this book not having direction or too much fluff. Those are opinions of readers who did not have the capability to understand the content. I can say this because I have read this book many times and to be truthy, I didn't understand but maybe 50% of the content on initial readings.
Chapters 3, 4 and 5 are the heart of the book. These thirty-six pages more than justify the book's cost. I tend to buy smaller books these days. This book reached a new high for the amount of useful content divided by price. (Rivaled by the "K & R" book. But have you priced that sucker lately?)
I have to stretch to find something to gripe about, but here goes. In places, Crockford's explanation of a language flaw or limitation is immediately followed by a fix, usually by augmenting one of the base prototypes. It likely shows my own unfamiliarity with his subject matter, but I find these "corrections" jarring: I haven't yet grasped all the language features and here you are changing them in front of me. I'm not sure whether moving these fixes to a separate section(s) would be an improvement. Perhaps not.
Overall, a great read. Something you can refer to many times.
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
My absolute favorite part of this book is the "railroad diamgrams" as they helped my fully understand how JS's syntax works, how and when white space becomes significant, and why things work the way they do (or don't). A++ D.C. ... thanks!