- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Peachpit Press; 8th edition (August 7, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321772970
- ISBN-13: 978-0321772978
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The main reason I took a dislike to this book is because it's a tutorial-based text with insufficient explanatory details for understanding the example script code. The examples are unnecessary difficult to comprehend for a beginner because the theory behind the topics being presented, is meager. I was constantly refering to other resources in order to understand the logic behind the code scripts. I'll present an example of this, so you can judge if my complain is justified or not:
Chapter 9, Cookies in JS, says that a cookie is a text string with the following format: cookieName=cookieValue;expires=expirationDateGMT;path=URLpath;domain=siteDomain. Then, a function, setCookie(), is set to construct a cookie, and among other lines, it contains the line: document.cookie = "userName=" + username + ";expires=" + expireDate.toGMTString();
After this, the authors write a function that reads and displays the cookies, with the following lines:
var thisCookie = document.cookie.split(";");
for (var i=0; i<thisCookie.Read more ›
It has evolved with progressive editions, including sections on JQuery, AJAX and the DOM.
It begins with usual sections covering images, forms and frames (which are being deprecated in CSS3).
Then the authors move on to event handling, object-oriented JS using the DOM (Document Object Model).
Cookie handling is described as well. Then they address dynamic web pages including AJAX.
Afterward, they cover JS toolkits, of which there are many, including Dojo, JQuery, etc.
JQuery is covered in more detail, which is of particular importance for HTML5 web programmers.
Thanks again to the dynamic duo - Dori Smith and Tom Negrino!
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There is something about the author's style that makes this book very enjoyable. I am keen to learn, and this book takes me through the process gently and carefully.Published 16 months ago by John C Havekotte
Excellent books. I have several of the books with the rabbit on the front and all are top-notch!Published 17 months ago by Tom_Turner
The book came as expected in good order and on time. This is a excellent addition to my studies in programing logic .Published on August 16, 2013 by barry Sankey
If you're already a technology buff, you might get through this book and learn a lot. I needed something designed for a novice that included illustrations and clear exercises... Read morePublished on August 1, 2013 by RG