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on January 22, 2014
Having read at least over 100 web/internet-related books over the last 15 years (cover-to-cover) I have to say that this book is unmatched in its category, as a complete reference, a definitive guide.
Yes, there are other books that perhaps have an easier reading style, but they don't cover the depth and breadth that David Flanagan has accomplished.
The author takes painful efforts to test and re-test browsers, operating systems, sub-versions, engines. He does this in order to provide accurate real-world documentation as to what is out there. He does not regurgitate nor does he re-phrase exiting documentation (I am astonished at how many books have been created that are a re-phrasing of existing documentation using talkative or other styles. Yes, they help those who are looking to learn -- but a complete reference? I don't think so.)
And of course, there are few areas that could use a little improvement. As an example, the opening to "Functions" is a little disheveled and could use a slower approach with smaller examples.
This book has no fluff. It's 1100 pages of pure, clean reference, pitfalls, strategies, and relative examples.