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2 Aug 2011 1590598563 978-1590598566
DOM Scripting is a vital technique for web developers and designers to learn and master in the modern web development arena, for adding dynamic effects to web applications such as animations, maps, drag and drop, and more. At friends of ED, we kick-started the interest in this subject with Jeremy Keith's acclaimed book DOM Scripting (friends of ED 1590595335) And now, with AdvancED DOM Scripting, we're aiming to take the reader further-AdvancED DOM Scripting starts where the original DOM Scripting left off, assuming the reader has already mastered the basics, and taking them further, with countless real world tutorials. It is the first book to exclusively cover advanced DOM Scripting techniques, and reads like a wish list of must have dynamic web application features, including visual effects using JavaScript libraries, Ajax, Mashups using APIs, and much more.

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Jeffrey Sambells is a graphic designer and self-taught web applications developer best known for his unique ability to merge the visual world of graphics with the mental realm of code. With a Bachelor of Technology degree in Graphic Communications Management along with a minor in Multimedia, Jeffrey was originally trained for the traditional paper-and-ink printing industry, but he soon realized the world of pixels and code was where his ideas would prosper. In late 1999, he cofounded We-Create, Inc. an Internet software company based in Waterloo, Ontario, which began many long nights of challenging and creative innovation. Currently, as Director of Research and Development for We-Create, Jeffrey is responsible for investigating new and emerging Internet technologies and integrating them using web standards-compliant methods. In late 2005, he also became a Zend Certified Engineer. When not playing at the office, Jeffrey enjoys a variety of hobbies from photography to woodworking. When the opportunity arises, he also enjoys floating in a canoe on the lakes of Algonquin Provincial Park or going on an adventurous, map-free, drive with his wife. Jeffrey also maintains a personal website at, where he shares thoughts, ideas, and opinions about web technologies, photography, design, and more. He lives in Ontario, Canada, eh, with his wife, Stephanie, his newborn daughter, Addison, and their little dog, Milo.

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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars riddled with bugs - wait for later version 2 Dec 2007
By T. Dalmasso - Published on
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I bought this book again because the material is definitely good. I'm really bummed Friends Of Ed let it go to press with all these errors though. I mean, come on--I'm finding errors all over the place! That is a great disservice to Sambells. But I've decided the material is worth wading through the many, many copy editing oversights. I'm crossing my fingers I don't get stuck troubleshooting typos in the code that choke my browser. That could easily waste hours of my time.

I was pretty excited after I dropped the $50 or so to by this book because the contents are right down my alley. Unfortunately, I could hardly make it out of Chapter 1 for all the typos and editorial oversights. Here are a few as an example:

PG 34 -- "myVarialbe" instead of "myVariable"
PG 35 -- "when you retrieving" instead of "when you are retrieving"
PG 36 -- references a function called "initAchors()" that isn't used in the example code for that example. initAnchors() appears in the next example on the next page.
PG 37 -- number of iterations in loop changes from 3 to 5 from 1st example to 2nd example for no apparent reason - this is confusing and distracts from the point being made.
PG 37 -- Figure 1-7 shows three objects in diagram instead of the 5 needed (one for each loop)

This is all in just 3 pages!

This is the part of the book I started reading first so I assume the rest of the book is going to be as poorly edited/ proofread. This surprises me as I own over 5 or 6 titles from the Friend Of Ed series and I don't recall ever seeing so much as a typo in any of them.

Overall, I think the book shows promise. But I can't tolerate errors like this in a programming book. They are difficult enough to read already without having to figure out what the message was "supposed" to be.

I'm returning this book to the store. When it reaches a later edition I may give it another go. It needs some serious "debuggin" first though.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It is difficult to say... 23 Nov 2007
By Richard W. Garganta - Published on
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The author clearly knows his stuff but I find the book hard to understand. Is it the author or my level of javascript experience? Hard to say. I will say this - you probably want to know javascript very well before getting this book. For those taking learning steps in javascript like myself, this book is far from the next step from Jeremy Keith's books.
10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best JavaScript/DOM/AJAX Book Ever 9 Jan 2008
By David Betz - Published on
This is the greatest Modern JavaScript, DOM Scripting, and AJAX book I've ever seen. Having done AJAX since 1999 before the buzzword ever became popular, I can say that a book this exhaustive has never been written before now. It covers everything from the JavaScript's often misunderstood variable scope to the deep interaction with the DOM and everything in between.

This book is an intermediate to advanced book that requires that you have some understanding of our every day web technologies. If you are a web developer, then you are required to know XHTML and JavaScript anyway. This isn't just some surace level "how-to" book. This covers the deep internals of AJAX and will make you an expert.

Feel free to ignore anyone who claims this book contains spelling errors or other things that in no way change the overall structure of the book and that any thinking person can get around. No ant will ever make a sky scraper fall; it's irrelevant. This isn't an English book or a book for novices. It's a practically graduate-level JavaScript/DOM/AJAX book that requires you to be a thinking person to begin with.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good addition to the original 4 May 2013
By Stephanie Sullivan - Published on
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I found the original book "Dom Scripting" to be a very good book and a go-to reference for lots of things where I needed a little bit of JavaScript in my pages. Advanced DOM didn't disappoint and it helped me with a quick reference for things I may need. It's not perfect and as has been pointed out it has some typos, so beware. But overall it's been an excellent tool.
It may help to know that I don't write JavaScript all the time. I get into it only a few times a month. I have the language structure down, but find a reference like this good for triggering my memory about how to approach a given problem.
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is exactly what its title says: ADVANCED 17 Dec 2009
By Petróczi Balįzs - Published on
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I bought this book when it was first published and have been using it ever since as THE BEST advanced level academic quality learning material and now also as a reference manual! Of course, before you can start learning about advanced issues like object oriented ness and closures you definitely need to work your way through some lower level texts that prepare you for and lay the foundations of these advanced topics! Therefore, I simply don't understand those who complain about their difficulties when they should only take the book for what it says in its title: an ADVANCED level material!

If you want to hear my advice the best approach is if you start with some basic level text to learn all you can about controlling structures, functions and data types and such. Then, for me an excellent next choice was learning from "The Javascript Anthology" by sitepoint which takes off from what someone fancifully called an "advanced beginner" level and quite systematically helped me improve my skills to be able to understand the more advanced features of the language.
Once you have got to this point you will very much appreciate Sambell's level of professionalism and benefit a lot from holding a specialist book in your hand that could be very well used in a university course!
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