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Getting Good with Javascript [Paperback]

Andrew Burgess
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29 Jun 2011

Ever wanted to spice up your websites with a dash of JavaScript, but not known where to start? In Getting Good with JavaScript, author Andrew Burgess breaks programming in JavaScript down into easy, straight-forward principles and practices.

This book will introduce you to important programming concepts, show you how to write your first scripts, and make you comfortable with JavaScript code. You'll learn:

  • The basics of types, variables, and operators
  • Best practices for efficient coding
  • Testing and optimizing your JavaScript
  • Interacting with HTML elements

Andrew Burgess will help you get past the learning curve and get you Getting Good with JavaScript!

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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Rockable Press (29 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987102672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987102676
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 15 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,245,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Andrew Burgess is a Canadian web developer and a staff writer for Nettuts+, where he has published numerous popular tutorials and screencasts. Andrew is also the author of the popular Rockable title called "Getting Good with Git," and a web development reviewer on Envato’s Tuts+ Marketplace. As a web developer, he specializes in JavaScript and Ruby. Andrew lives with his family in Oshawa, Canada. Check out Andrew’s personal site at: http://andrewburgess.ca/ Or follow him on Twitter: @Andrew8088

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2.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing 19 Dec 2013
Littered with spelling and grammatical errors, typos and colloquialisms, this book is something of a disappointment. I genuinely hate to write negative reviews, but also believe firmly in informed choice. I also hope that the publishers (and perhaps author) will take note and improve future offerings.

I have recently read 4 different books on this topic, to cement the ideas more firmly. This one sadly has not had the best approach. It could be a personal thing, but I felt that some simple concepts were covered in an over-explanatory, verging on condescending manner, while other more complex ones were either rushed through, glossed over, or in some cases simply explained badly.

I had high hopes for the book, and after the initial informal conversational tone, of the author. Sadly they were not met. I am about to launch into the php book by the same author and hope to be able to contribute something more positive after that.
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The third book I've read covering JavaScript.

Only the "good parts" are covered here, and it never felt overly dense and was always clear.

It contains the best practical introduction on DOM node manipulation that I've found anywhere. That, alone, deserves high praise.

The author himself recommends Eloquent JavaScript (link below) and probably wouldn't mind my saying that book tackles harnessing the power of JavaScript in a slightly more in-depth (although not always accessible) way (recursion, object-orientated approaches).

The two complement each other but also have a lot of crossover on the basic features of JS.

Noticed a few typos in the kindle edition.

Eloquent JavaScript: A Modern Introduction to Programming
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book 29 Oct 2011
By Buffalo Billion - Published on Amazon.com
After reading the previous review, I was a little hesitant, but I liked what I saw in the sample, so I took a chance and bought it anyway. I'm glad I did. Burgess' conversational tone was just right for me. Some of the sticky topics that I had a hard time understanding in other Javascript books, like OO javascript, "this", and prototypes, were explained here in such a way that I found myself understanding them.

I didn't notice any of the egregious editorial errors mentioned in a previous review. Sure, there were a couple here and there, but not enough to merit a single star review. Perhaps Rockable did some editing...

I recommend this book for anyone that wants to get up to speed with javascript quickly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All of a sudden it seems so easy... 6 Mar 2012
By Radiohost n 55 - Published on Amazon.com
This book explains javascript very well. It's understandable, can be read in 'easy digestible chunks', and has good, relevant examples. I like it!
8 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Who edited this book? 4 Sep 2011
By BurleyMan - Published on Amazon.com
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Based on my experience with Rockable Press publications in the past, I was a bit hesitant to purchase this book. Is it a good primer on Javascript? I think so, but the number of spelling and grammatical errors are unacceptable and very distracting. Simple concepts are obfuscated by glaring spelling and grammatical errors. Here are some highlights: using "you've" instead of "you'd"; "now" instead of "know"; "folowing" instead of "following"; and my personal favorite: every other page in chapter 2 has a page header of "Baiscs".

Rockable Press should be embarrassed that they released a book that could be considered a rough draft. The errors are so common and egregious, it is comical. At best, it is an amateurish attempt at publishing a book. If you can find your way through the grammatical mistakes, I think you'll find a decent introduction to Javascript. However, I'd wait until someone at Rockable Press decides to actually edit this book before purchasing.
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