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Addendum: I was interrupted by a rush job during my initial reading of this book and after returning to it now and rereading the early chapters and carefully reading several of the later chapters, I'm even more impressed by this book. The heart of the book, when it gets a little more advanced (functions, object creation patterns and code re-use patterns) has proved really valuable.
And read them in that order: The Good Parts, Patterns, and then High Performance.
So you're probably wondering then: if you recommend it so highly, why only four stars?
The four stars comes mostly from two niggling points:
(2) And this is super nit-picky but... The book could have taken another quick editorial pass for spelling and grammar. The one that stuck out at me was right in the intro to Chapter 6: "But it's important to keep the end goal in mind--we want to reuse cod;." Indeed.
1 : An in-depth overview, but an overview nonetheless.
2 : Stefanov is careful to "keep the browser out of it" and dedicates only one chapter (Chapter 8: DOM and Browser Patterns) to the subject; though everyone's favorite host environment does creep in a couple of times, in a couple of examples.
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