You Don't Know JS: Up & Going 1st Edition
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 5.2 ounces
- Paperback : 88 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781491924464
- ISBN-13 : 978-1491924464
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Publisher : O'Reilly Media; 1st Edition (April 14, 2015)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 1491924462
- Best Sellers Rank: #242,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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At the cost, all front-end, back-end and full stack developers should have this sitting among their technical book collection. Cheaper than many e-books.
My only issue (and this may be the case for me alone) lies with the print quality. Beginning with the Foreword and ending with the Appendix section, I have counted fourteen (14) pages with variable print density: left of each page suggest low-toner or my book was at the end of print batch run. Nonetheless, words are fairly visible, but I had to remove one star for this issue alone.
Final verdict: Content is resourceful (grade A) which is all you can ask for in when it comes to technical reference material, however the print quality (C) needs quality check before shipping out to vendors.
Top reviews from other countries
The book series "You Don't Know JS" itself goes very in-depth in some areas and is rather targeted towards experienced programmers, but this book is an introduction which covers most important features of the language, which are covered in more detail in subsequent books.
Even for people completely new to the language, I highly advise you to consult additional resources if you want to take learning this language seriously. Even for beginners, what's contained in this book alone is just not enough.
As the author also mentions, knowing only half of the language is only going to hurt you. You'll be misinformed, and write bugs, and as a result blame the "ugly" language and write "hacks" to bypass behavior. I call this unprofessional.
A programmer who loves his craft will actually learn what he's doing, and embrace it.
90 pages even for an introduction is not enough to introduce you to a programming let alone a programming language. But definitely enough to give you a violent headache.
There are better books out there, who cares about the price.
Which leads me to my only criticism, the price of the remaining books in the series. To learn all you need to know about the more esoteric but essential parts of the language then you should really read all the books in the series. But at £60 for all of them it's a bit much, especially when you can just go to youdontknowjs.com to read them all online. The price of the print books are holding back the series from becoming programming classics.
Enter Kyle Simpsons YDKJS series.
This, the first book of the series, is an introduction. Just because you're a seasoned developer doesn't mean you should skip it. It will confirm and clarify the very basics of the language (could you honestly explain to someone the reason and difference between == and === ?)
The book is only 67 odd pages, but jammed with a crucial foundation to get you "up and going"!
broken into the following sections:
1. Into Programming
3. Into YDKJS
They serve as both a solid foundation and teaser to the rest of the series. Yes the books are available on Github opensource... however, this short form factor of the books makes them so accessible. Instead of lugging around war and peace you can cherry pick these books to through in your bag. I prefer to read these in printed form as opposed to electronic... because of their compact size and short page count.
This could be a good model for others to follow... shorter, cheaper chunks.
Despite being Open Source, I'm happy to pay the price of a (UK) coffee for this fantastic little resource. Get it bought.