- Series: Firstpress
- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. edition (August 18, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781430209836
- ISBN-13: 978-1430209836
- ASIN: 1430209836
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,195,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The information contained inside isn't bad per se, but the organization is at times less than straightforward and made more so by the lack of simple publishing standards mentioned above.
The PDF version may be preferable as it should at least be search-able to make up for the structural oversights of the publisher. Hopefully a second edition will include more material and correct these problems, but until then, I couldn't recommend it as a reference.
That being said, even the author thinks that there was a lot left out of this book, and is putting it into version 2.
One thing that's really missing is an index. That alone would have given it an extra star.
Interesting as this book is only half the number of pages 112 instead of 276 - I would think the binder would have noticed the cover did not fit right
If you're learning MooTools, I recommend you stick with the online docs. Unless they reprint this book with an index.
For example, the description of the very important 'this' keyword is just wrong. The book says that 'this' "represents the current scope", which is not true. The 'this' keyword actually refers to the object on which a method is executing or the global object. A common small error is for the author to write "syntax" when he means "semantics". An error by omission is that the reason for needing all the 'bind' stuff is never even discussed (the reason being that MooTools uses a custom event dispatch system rather than assigning functions directly to event properties). There are plenty more.