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"I am a self-taught developer, and my bookshelf is a sea of royal blue Murach texts. Nothing comes close to them for clear explanations and excellent real-world demos." --Phil Holbrook

About the Author

A programmer for 24 years, Ray has the depth of experience to understand and handle all the complexities of JavaScript and DOM scripting. And having taught computer literacy, programming, information security, and web development, he has a passion for making complex subjects accessible to everyone. So let him guide you from the basic skills you can't do without to the advanced skills you won t find in any other book on the market. His book will turn you into a JavaScript expert!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 764 pages
  • Publisher: Mike Murach & Associates (August 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890774553
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890774554
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 8.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've read a ton of books on JavaScript, and Ray Harris' wonderful tome is perhaps THE best modern titles you'll find on the topic. The book is intelligently organized, and written in a concise fashion, with practical examples, delivered with a friendly voice that makes what can often be convoluted or confusing concepts easy to grasp for beginners.

On that note, the book serves as a valuable refresher for the experienced web developer wanting to get up to speed on current-day concepts or the advanced dev needing best practices in her coding. And like all Murach titles, the book doesn't inundate the reader with useless chapters of the history of the at-hand topic, it just tells you what JavaScript can do for your web applications and shows you the best, most efficient ways to do it.

In particular, I found Harris' work to have exceptional contributions of several topics: there is excellent coverage of debugging tools & techniques, featuring the latest browsers, plugins, and GUIs. The book has a wonderful discussion of how to use client-side regular expressions. And the chapters on object-oriented programming and DOM scripting are some of the best you'll find. Likewise appreciated are the discussions on JavaScript libraries such as jQuery and Dojo.

It's truly a holistic look at client-side development.

So Get out and buy this book...whatever your level, it'll be a welcome addition to your technical library!
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I bought this item on Amazon after reading all the glowing reviews, but now that I've read all 20 chapters, I have to say that I'm disappointed with this book.

First of all, I'm not a first-time programmer. I'm a sophomore in college and I'm getting three degrees: Math, Computer Science, and Economics. I don't say this to brag; I say it to show that I know my way around a good textbook, and I know my way around programming. I've taken several programming classes in college using C++, and this summer I have a software engineering internship with a company in Kansas City. This company said I might need to use JavaScript on the job, so I bought this book to have a foundation in the language.

The format of the book is easy to read. If you open to almost any page in the book, you will see that the right-hand page has examples of JavaScript and/or XHTML code, and the left-hand page has text explaining the code on the right-hand page. A few chapters into the book, I found myself looking at the code on the right side, then reading the left page if I didn't understand the code. If all the code made sense, I still went back and read the left side to reinforce the concept in my memory. Again, this worked very well for me, and apparently many people like this style that is found in all of Murach's books.

However, there are times when it seems like the text on the left is being forced. For example, in Chapter 17, after the reader should be well acquainted with JavaScript, a paragraph on the left says, "That means that the compareColumnValues function compares the values in the current sort column and returns the appropriate number. To do that, this function gets the values that are stored in the current sort column, compares them, and returns the appropriate number.
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By WDM on January 19, 2010
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I'll try to keep this short. I have finished reading this book all the way through. It's a thick book (~750 pages of to-read content at 8 inches by 10 inches), so it took me a while. I would consider myself an intermediate JavaScript developer. I have experience with the JavaScript basics and some of the advanced stuff. I also have a background in Python. I found myself breezing through the first half of this book. However, the second half took me a while longer because the content began to push my limitations. I found this book to be an invaluable guide to assist me in learning to overcome those limitations. I am very impressed with how this book presents the material in a friendly, yet well educated manner. By the time I finished reading this book, I was able to understand and use the more advanced techniques in my JavaScript projects. In my humble opinion, I wouldn't recommend this as the only book for an absolute beginner. It would help to have a second take on the JavaScript techniques covered in this book (I recommend JavaScript, A Beginner's Guide, 3rd ed., by John Pollock). Overall, you will not go wrong with this book. If you are eager to learn JavaScript and want a great training and reference book, look no further.
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If you are new to web design or an old pro like me this book is a must have in my opinion. I love how it starts out with the basics like XHTML and CSS then moves on to the good stuff.

Each chapter is full of examples and sample code showing you how to do the most common techniques that you will face as a web developer/designer. I really liked the DOM scripting sections and how to manipulate the DOM on the fly. Learning object coding is so important and is key if you want to really be good at Javascript. It was cool to see the sections on JQuery and DOJO since I'm staring to use these libraries heavily on my sites.

I feel it's so important to understand not only how to build nice looking sites but to know how to code them for speed and browser compatibility. This book covers these essentials and even walks you through Firebug and how to use it to identify problem areas in your web applications. I have not seen a better book on the subject and I hope you learn just as much as I did from it. This one will be on my desk for a while!
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