- Paperback: 1152 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (July 8, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118907442
- ISBN-13: 978-1118907443
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 2.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (346 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have a set of minor complaints about the text, and one major complaint about the physical durability of the books.
First, the text seems to have a tendency to repeat the same example. This would not be an issue if the example code was reused in order to clarify a new point, but it gets slightly annoying when it is simply readdressing a learning topic that was already covered earlier in the text.
Also, if you come from a programming background, these books sometimes leave you with a lot of questions, i.e. they do not provide enough technical details in some passages. However, to be fair the books do target beginners, so this was somewhat expected.
#1 Content is Great for Beginners, yet even advance developers can learn from these books - if anything, use it as a colorful reference book.
#2 This is a MUST HAVE for visual learners... over time, visually geared developers simply get tired of reading black and white content for years... As a result, I usually take online developer courses with videos because it is easier to digest, but sometimes, I really want something tangible that I can hold in my hands and refer back too. Who says picture books are just for kids?!
#4 Text is Very Readable - This might vary per person, but in my opinion, the text is absolutely readable. There is NO eye strain for me, I can make out everything on these pages, and will not need a magnified glass. Now, if you are battling an eye condition, on some pages - you may need a magnified glass, as some of the text in the photos of the browsers are small...but for those with great eyesight, this really shouldn't be a problem for you. Bilberry helps with the eye strain I have gotten in the pass after hours of computer coding. Coders in general should take care of their eyes.
#5 Magazine-like, Full Color Pages
#6 Both Books Come with Online Support at Their Individual Websites. The websites are great companions to these books.
#7 Everyday Spoken Language - In other words, although these books could definitely be used as textbooks, they don't "read" like textbooks.
#8 Everything is Broken Down into Steps - Concepts are introduced step by step in small increments...then are built upon as continuous building blocks thereafter. Concepts don't just come out of nowhere, you will be prepared before you are introduced to something new. This may make this series "slow" for some people, but we must remember... I don't think Mr. Duckett wrote these books to be an all inclusive understanding of Front-End Development; rather a basis so that you can get off the ground running and as an introduction to other front-end developer literature.
Will have to find some, then will update, but so far, none. But I'm not a nit-picker either so I generally ignore things I consider not to be hardships or plain frivolously... as some people just complain because it's not against the law!
That's my 2 cents.
The reason for three stars is a physical one. the book (hardback) is actually hard to read. Many pages have text so light that it is unreadable even under the best reading lamp. This looks like a quality control issue, maybe they ran out of ink. I'm not really sure how many other pages are effected, today I skipped ahead to look at form validation and found pages 574, 575, 578, 579, 582, 583, 586 and 587 of the Java Script book unreadable. See images attached for examples.