- Paperback: 356 pages
- Publisher: Packt Publishing (July 24, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847194141
- ISBN-13: 978-1847194145
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,326,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I began by reading the basics at the beginning of the book. I had never fully understood self-invoking functions, lexical scope, or closures. Even though they had been covered in other books I had read, I was still pretty shaky on those topics.
However, something about way the author's simple-to-understand language came across resonated strongly, and I finally become comfortable with those concepts.
Nevertheless, just by finally being able to understand the concepts of self-invoking functions, lexical scope, and closures, it makes this book easily worth the price and the efforts of the author most appreciated.
The author also discusses application and nuances of the various parts of the language. So, it's not just, "here's how you make a close." It's more like here are the possible application of closures, here are recommended best practices, and here are some things to watch out for, and here are some subtleties to be aware of.
Yet despite the detail, it's an easy read and is amazingly concise. No fluff. Just what you need to know with relevant examples and discussion, and then on to the next topic.
The best parts of the book are the "coding patterns" in chapter 8:
- separation of content, presentation, behavior
- init-time branching
- lazy definition
- configuration objects
- self-executing functions