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Beginning JavaScript with DOM Scripting and Ajax: From Novice to Professional (Beginning: From Novice to Professional) [Paperback]

Christian Heilmann
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28 Jun 2010 Beginning: From Novice to Professional
JavaScript is one of the most important technologies on the web. It provides the means to add dynamic functionality to your web pages and serves as the backbone of Ajax-style web development. Beginning JavaScript with DOM Scripting and Ajax is an essential guide for modern JavaScript programming; it's practical but comprehensive. It covers everything you need to know to get up to speed with JavaScript development and add dynamic enhancements to web pages and program Ajax-style applications. Experienced web developer Christian Heilmann begins gently by giving you an overview of JavaScriptits syntax, good coding practices, and the principles of DOM scripting. Then he builds up your JavaScript toolkit, covering dynamically manipulating markup, changing page styling on the fly using the CSS DOM, validating forms, dealing with images, and much more. Then he takes you to advanced territory, with a complete case study illustrating how many new JavaScript techniques can work together, plus a great introduction to Ajax development.

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  • Paperback: 514 pages
  • Publisher: Springer (28 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590596803
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590596807
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 17.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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While I can sympathise with some of the 2* reviewers, I am reluctant to rate this anything less than 5*. While I myself did (and still do) struggle with this book, it's fair to say that it really does its best to get you from novice TO professional in its 480 pages.

Heilmann makes it clear that he isn't going to plod along with 'hello world' type examples and, after brief coverage of the 'core' elements of javascript (what Heilmann collectively names 'data and decisions', e.g. numbers, strings, arrays, objects and control structures), he jumps right into writing unobstrusive, progressively enhanced javascripts. In fact, barely a quarter of the way in, he is writing helper methods, that aren't fully expected to make sense yet, in order to write more efficient and cleaner scripts. All the while, he discusses such things as the role of javascript in web development, accessibility and cross-browser compatibility.

By chapter 8 we are being introduced to Ajax and by the end of the book we are given coverage of third-party javascript including the discussion on the popular javascript libraries.

I won't lie and pretend this is easy-going. It's not. But I think as a beginner that if you're willing to go with the flow and accept that not everything is going to make sense at first, and if you're prepared to write your own scripts (and accept they're not going to be as good as Heilmann's right away) you'll have here an invaluable resource. Not only does he cover a bunch of relevant examples (e.g. drop down menus, layer ads, form validation), but he does this well. When I go and write my own scripts, I never feel like i'm coming back to this book to 'look how it's done', rather it's that i'm coming back to 'see a better approach'.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Curate's egg 11 Jan 2007
By Matt
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Chris Heilman is clearly a man who knows Javascript inside out, however this book is let down by unclear examples and limited exposition of important features. Layout is poor and very confusing , altogether a frustrating read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously underwhelmed 31 Jan 2008
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Having got to the point where I was working on a site and needed some quick and easy insight into possible javascript solutions to common problems I ended up throwing this book across the room in frustration.

Some people are good at explaining and good at teaching. Even just good at writing. You cannot say that about this book. The most annoying thing was the 'we're not going to do that, we're going to do something a bit different' concept.

No, just do the simple thing, then I'll work out how to add the frills myself.

If you're looking for a handy introduction that will later serve as a basic reference. Keep looking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide for novice and pro 8 Sep 2006
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This is a great book with some cutting edge techniques but applied in a manner that focuses on not making your site inaccessible to those on older browsers. Written by someone with plenty of real-world experience and it shows.
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2.0 out of 5 stars lack of respect 9 Feb 2007
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i tend to agree with previous poster
my title goes like that because, for instance, author says one should use meaningfull names for variables, but then he himself uses names such as t, a, as and so on
also, the book advertises as for beginers, which is totally an unapropriated statement! - author lacks the abillity to teach/explain what he uses, most of the time
another bad thing is the book site [...] where one is directed if has a question to author, but you'll find there are there several buyers wating since december for an answer - looks like one has to attack the book to get a quick answer
again, author shows no respect for the reader
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