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Effective JavaScript: 68 Specific Ways to Harness the Power of JavaScript (Effective Software Development Series) [Kindle Edition]

David Herman
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“Living up to the expectation of an Effective Software Development Series programming book, Effective JavaScript by Dave Herman is a must-read for anyone who wants to do serious JavaScript programming. The book provides detailed explanations of the inner workings of JavaScript, which helps readers take better advantage of the language.”

—Erik Arvidsson, senior software engineer

 

“Before reading Effective JavaScript, I thought it would be just another book on how to write better JavaScript. But this book delivers that and so much more—it gives you a deep understanding of the language. And this is crucial. Without that understanding you’ll know absolutely nothing whatever about the language itself. You’ll only know how other programmers write their code.

 

“Read this book if you want to become a really good JavaScript developer. I, for one, wish I had it when I first started writing JavaScript.”

—Anton Kovalyov, developer of JSHint

 

“If you’re looking for a book that gives you formal but highly readable insights into the JavaScript language, look no further. Intermediate JavaScript developers will find a treasure trove of knowledge inside, and even highly skilled JavaScripters are almost guaranteed to learn a thing or ten. For experienced practitioners of other languages looking to dive headfirst into JavaScript, this book is a mustread for quickly getting up to speed. No matter what your background, though, author Dave Herman does a fantastic job of exploring JavaScript—its beautiful parts, its warts, and everything in between.”

—Rebecca Murphey, senior JavaScript developer, Bocoup

 

“Effective JavaScript is essential reading for anyone who understands that JavaScript is no mere toy and wants to fully grasp the power it has to offer. Dave Herman brings users a deep, studied, and practical understanding of the language, guiding them through example after example to help them come to the same conclusions he has. This is not a book for those looking for shortcuts; rather, it is hard-won experience distilled into a guided tour. It’s one of the few books on JavaScript that I’ll recommend without hesitation.”

—Alex Russell, TC39 member, software engineer, Google

 

“Rarely does anyone have the opportunity to study alongside a master in their craft. This book is just that—the JavaScript equivalent of a time-traveling philosopher visiting fifth century BC to study with Plato.”

—Rick Waldron, JavaScript evangelist, Bocoup

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“It’s uncommon to have a programming language wonk who can speak in such comfortable and friendly language as David does. His walk through the syntax and semantics of JavaScript is both charming and hugely insightful; reminders of gotchas complement realistic use cases, paced at a comfortable curve. You’ll find when you finish the book that you’ve gained a strong and comprehensive sense of mastery.”

—Paul Irish, developer advocate, Google Chrome

 

“This is not a book for those looking for shortcuts; rather it is hard-won experience distilled into a guided tour. It’s one of the few books on JS that I’ll recommend without hesitation.”

—Alex Russell, TC39 member, software engineer, Google

 

In order to truly master JavaScript, you need to learn how to work effectively with the language’s flexible, expressive features and how to avoid its pitfalls. No matter how long you’ve been writing JavaScript code, Effective JavaScript will help deepen your understanding of this powerful language, so you can build more predictable, reliable, and maintainable programs.

 

Author David Herman, with his years of experience on Ecma’s JavaScript standardization committee, illuminates the language’s inner workings as never before—helping you take full advantage of JavaScript’s expressiveness. Reflecting the latest versions of the JavaScript standard, the book offers well-proven techniques and best practices you’ll rely on for years to come.

 

Effective JavaScript is organized around 68 proven approaches for writing better JavaScript, backed by concrete examples. You’ll learn how to choose the right programming style for each project, manage unanticipated problems, and work more successfully with every facet of JavaScript programming from data structures to concurrency. Key features include

  • Better ways to use prototype-based object-oriented programming
  • Subtleties and solutions for working with arrays and dictionary objects
  • Precise and practical explanations of JavaScript’s functions and variable scoping semantics
  • Useful JavaScript programming patterns and idioms, such as options objects and method chaining
  • In-depth guidance on using JavaScript’s unique “run-to-completion” approach to concurrency

 


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8517 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (26 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AC1RP14
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,519 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Let me say first off that, despite my only being on Chapter 2 so far, it's obvious that this is a great book. Explanations are clear and thorough, and the author's writing style is very easy to read. I finally understand variable hoisting and closures. I'm looking forward to seeing what else I learn as I go through the remaining chapters. I mean, really, when the inventor of the language writes the preface of the book - and asked the author to work with the standards body as an invited expert - that's gotta say something!

But one thing that detracts from the book in some places is the layout, specifically when example code is split across pages. For instance, 3 lines of code are printed at the bottom of the page 45, and the remaining 6 lines are on page 46. It wouldn't be so bad if these were facing pages, but they're not. You can't see the entire function at one time; you have to flip the page back and forth. Surely the entire function could have been put on page 46 without destroying the layout of the book, and it would have made the code - and the point it illustrates - much more easy to grasp. It's not always possible/practical/convenient to type the code out in an editor at the time one is reading the book.

But layout aside, the content is fantastic so far. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to go beyond the basics and develop a clearer understanding of the way Javascript works.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 15 Jan 2013
Format:Paperback
There's no doubt that this is a great book full of useful techniques and explanations. It does get quite advanced in later chapters and I would have benefited from a little more experience before tackling these. As an intermediate JavaScript programmer there's a lot to be taken from this book, and perhaps even more to return to later.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great cookbook-style JavaScript reference 25 May 2013
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Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not necessarily for the JavaScript beginner, as some of the things covered in the book cover strategies for more advanced uses of the language.

Great as a reference and as an aid to people wanting to do JavaScript seriously - prototypal inheritance, API do's and dont's, language gotchas, and more are inside.

Worth picking up if you're on the path to properly understanding JavaScript, not just throwing a few things on a page with jQuery.
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