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Learning JavaScript

3.28 of 5 stars 3.28  ·  rating details  ·  93 ratings  ·  22 reviews
As web browsers have become more capable and standards compliant, JavaScript has grown in prominence. JavaScript lets designers add sparkle and life to web pages, while more complex JavaScript has led to the rise of Ajax -- the latest rage in web development that allows developers to create powerful and more responsive applications in the browser window.

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Paperback, 335 pages
Published October 27th 2006 by O'Reilly Media (first published October 17th 2006)
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Dec 08, 2010 Laura added it
NOT for beginners!: I recently purchased this book based on a lot of the positive feedback it had received in comparison to other JS books. However, after reading the book I was sorely disappointed and here's why:

1. Book is Full of Errors -- Over 400 Errors to be Exact...
This book is full of errors, both in the code samples as well as in the explanations. This is further solidified by the fact that the book's accompanying errata page (found via the O'Reilly web site) currently lists 400+ offic
Okay, this book is terribly, terrible thorough. But it goes over-the top on the thorough. There's only so much you can say on script-based form validation, but the author manages to say all of it about eight times. Likewise for the event model, where for some reason they opt to describe the old model at length, and then inform us that it's now irrelevant, and describe the new model.

What I am looking for in a JavaScript book is:

(1) A quick run-down on the structure of the language, with particul
Jun 13, 2007 Jradical1093 added it
Recommends it for: an amateur in javascript.
Shelves: finished
This book is not exactly for those of the people who want to start understanding javascript. This book is for the javascript writers who know a little coding here and there. In other words, this book is not a book i'd reccomend to beginners, rather, to amateurs. It is a buy for those amateurs who love to know and understand more javascript.
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Dave Emmett
This wasn’t an assigned textbook, but I wanted to supplement the Javascript info we are getting in class with a book, and this was the most recent Javascript book at the library.

Overall, I wouldn’t say I was too impressed by this book. While it bills itself as for both experienced programmers and newbies (which I am), it felt like it was written more for the experienced programmer who was just new to Javascript. Most of the code examples were not very well described, and they all stayed pretty w
Artor the Destroyer
Aug 01, 2007 Artor the Destroyer is currently reading it
Recommends it for: developing developers
Concise. This book, like most O' Reilly (no, not that one) books, starts with the basics and teaches the "why" and "what" as opposed to just the "how". Other books, some of which I own, will give example cases and walk the reader through them without explaining the nuances of the code or why certain choices were made. All that those books teach is how to solve the example cases.

I have not yet finished this book, but am under the strong impression that I will come away from it with a solid ground
Great book. Now 4 years old, but still has lots of relevant information. Overall it's awesomely balanced max simplicity, conciseness and information - I was lucky with picking my first book on JavaScript.

It was pleasant to read, with enough of stories and examples to try out, still author did not gave a chance to my attention to escape - I had to eat apple stumps to go on with it :) Now I could say I love the results. By learning how to dose different aspects of a technology in a way done here,
I purchased Learning Javascript a long time ago because it received so many rave reviews. I come from a background in Graphic and Web Design, and at the time I wanted to learn JavaScript to further explore creative options. In doing so, I wanted to start with Classic JavaScript. This book does a good job with providing information, but the flow of the book is very tiring and will often lead to frustration. I couldn't stay focused and I was so eager to jump on my computer and try different exampl ...more
Ismail Elshareef
I always recommend this book to any HTML/CSS coder who is interested in learning Javascript. Intermediate or advanced users should get Professional JavaScript for Web Developers (Wrox Programmer to Programmer) instead.

The book really lays down the basics in a language so easy to grasp by anyone that can operate a computer. It also explains browser incompatibility very well. It's also rife with examples and best practices that help the reader to establish a solid foundation in their approach to
Jeff Mills
I wish this book would have said somewhere that the title "Learning Javascript" doesn't meen it's for beginners. I forced myself to read the whole thing despite most of it going right over my head. This book assumes you have previous knowledge in programming languages and that you just want to learn a new one but it doesn't say anywhere that you should have that knowledge. I did learn some things but I have purchased another Javascript book that is for beginners and it is much more helpful at my ...more
If you already know a thing or two about programming, this is probably the right book for you to learn basic javascript. I had some experience with Java prior to reading it, so it was very easy to grasp everything this book had to throw at me. As a conclusion, I would just like to add that this type of books should be a must read, prior to learning any of the javascript frameworks (MooTools, jQuery etc.), IMHO.
As the reviews say, this is TERRIBLE for beginners. Need to reiterate that. I had it as a textbook and it SUCKED. But on re-reading it for review, it was actually well organized and thorough. Surprise!

For me, this book was too slow and I found some of explanations to be slightly inaccurate. The quality of O'Reilly's books is usually much better so I was disappointed with this one.

There are better books/resources for learning javascript.
John Thantranon
a good start. but i supposed I could have learned most of this online. still it was good to have something to flip through in my hands, even for reference. everything is well explained in this book though.
Feb 21, 2011 Rebecca rated it 1 of 5 stars
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Do not use this book if you are new to javascript and want to learn how to use it. The example programs in the book are incomplete and unexplained. Be wary of any class that uses this as a textbook.
This is my favorite book of all time. It's like a sleeper hit movie...quiet, powerful and stays with you. Rich and I have become good friends, and I give this book as a gift all the time.
Dec 04, 2010 Chrissy added it
Shelves: gave-up
I started out with the one with the grown-up rhino on the cover, but that author was to mathy and I've never done any programming, so my husband got me this one instead. Much better so far.
Adrian Veidt
Some useful reference sections, but not a book I'd consider to follow along from start to finish.
oh boy! a book on javascript!

..but seriously, it is pretty good.
Brandee Terry
Another great reference for learning a programming language.
Vinicius Cândido
Is very good to getting started
Mar 21, 2008 Wm rated it 3 of 5 stars
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