- Series: Pragmatic Programmers
- Paperback: 555 pages
- Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 1 edition (July 8, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934356115
- ISBN-13: 978-1934356111
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,486,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One: it's badly out of date, and needs to be expanded to cover the many changes made in Dojo since it was written.
Two: it spends an awful lot of time cheerleading Dojo for being powerful, simple, revolutionary, etc. Effectively, it spends a lot of pages "telling" rather than "showing". This wouldn't be a problem if the "showing" part were better, but that brings us to the next point.
Three: while the book does cover the vast majority of Dojo, the organization is fairly poor. Concepts are thrown at the reader in an unintuitive order, connections between concepts aren't drawn clearly, and the result is that the user's concept of the system as a holistic tool will likely not be especially strong at the end of the reading.
Overall, it's probably still the best intro book available if you HAVE to buy something, but that's not saying a lot. The average user will probably get at least as much out of reading the documentation on the Dojo website.
Anyone who has worked/struggled at all in depth with Dojo will tell you one of the most difficult things about it is the documentation. Often times in my projects I have found myself absolutely frustrated because the documentation is too sparse, or an example from 3-4 months ago will not work with the latest version I am using.
That being said the book overall functions better as a reference manual when you need a little more explanation behind specific parts of the framework than a "sit down and read cover to cover" manual. It has definitely come in handy more than a few times when the online documentation and archived community input did not include enough detail to accomplish what I needed.
There's really nothing left to the imagination in terms of what Dojo can do once you've read this book. It has become an essential reference guide for me in writing a seperate open source telephony project. Highly recommended.
If you are working with Dojo this book will make your life a whole lot easier.
One thing you should know before buying this book. It does not have in depth coverage of anything in the Dojox package, so you will not find anything in this book on the Data Grid!
Take a few days and give it a read, then keep it on your desk for reference. You can't go wrong.