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JavaScript Web Applications

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  242 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Building rich JavaScript applications that bring a desktop experience to the Web requires moving state from the server to the client side—not a simple task. This hands-on book takes proficient JavaScript developers through all the steps necessary to create state-of-the-art applications, including structure, templating, frameworks, communicating with the server, and many ot ...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by O'Reilly Media (first published January 1st 2011)
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Ivo Stoykov
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
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For me JavaScript in the book's title is somehow misleading. This is because usually, in web applications along with JavaScript, take part also HTML and CSS. Thought JavaScript exists in contents it is observed as a building block of some libraries, like jQuery, Node.js (to mention more popular).

If one is interested in JavaScript itself this is not the right book. If it is interested in JavaScript based technologies (patters, libraries, etc.) involved in today web applications this might be a bo
Brett Bukowski
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Goes for breadth over depth; it presents a hodge-podge of ideas and lacks the polish and consistency that (usually well-edited) O'Reilly books have. However I do like that it assumes that the reader is already fairly adept with JavaScript.
Miguel Frias
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great book!, It teach you how to build an Javascript Web Applications with barebones, without frameworks, for later use frameworks, which is great, because in this way you can learn how an MVC frameworks.
Max Lybbert
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a well-written book with good advice. It was published just before frameworks like Bootstrap, React, and Angular became popular. Those frameworks implement much of the advice from this book, but they do so in a way that means the programmer can largely ignore the details.

So (1) this book was ahead of its time; and (2) the world has moved on and JavaScript Web Applications is now a little dated. Even so, it's still a worthwhile read.
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Love this book - I have a background in Flex and all I really care about here is how and why to structure a javascript application and some background into some of the architectural decisions that were made along the way. After reading this book, I had a really nice background on many of the common JS MVC frameworks (aka...the way of the future). While the "Bible" aka "Javascript: The Definitive Guide" seems to be very popular, I liked this book much more as a resource.
Oct 03, 2012 rated it liked it
I loved that it's a short book. Unfortunately it's a bit too broad for it's size. it's still a good introduction on how Javascript client-side frameworks are put together and used. It should make reading the actual source of backbone or some other library easier during day to day development.
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Young author gets reader through process of making lightweight MVC framework and give insights on different modern tricks/tools/frameworks/specs. Very good read. Book is also quite short (~280 pages with appendixes), which makes it even better.
Тарас Буник
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Actually this book is too hard for me by now, but I should write more JavaScript.
 Siarhei Yermakovič
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Very useful book. I particularly like CSS3 reference at the end - it's compact, but yet powerfull.
Wei Tchou
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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