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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne (1 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072228873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072228878
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 765,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bring interactivity to any Web site with this easy-to-follow guidebook on JavaScript. Author Scott Duffy takes the fear out of working with a programming language by delivering instruction and theory in manageable doses, along with practical examples and plenty of ready-to-use code. Learn to write a program by exploring statements, variables, and functions--the three basic building blocks of any program. Use JavaScript as the behind-the-scenes director of your Web browser presentation. Create basic and advanced JavaScript applications--plus, modify existing scripts to suit your needs--all with the help of this great resource.

  • Write your own program using statements, variables, and functions
  • Learn the history of the language and what it can do for you
  • Enable movement and interactivity for your Web site
  • Determine which version of JavaScript is right for you
  • Store dates, numbers, and more with built-in classes
  • Create scripts that work in every browser
  • Understand the basics of expressions, and organize your code into functions
  • Cause text or graphics to change on mouse rollovers
  • Automatically change a formatted date on a Web page
  • Coordinate objects and events seamlessly with built-in or scripted classes

About the Author

Scott Duffy (Vancouver, Canada) is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) and a Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP). He has more than 10 years experience as a mainframe developer, and client-server developer, with the last 6 years spent as a professional web developer. Scott graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Western Ontario.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Hudson on 6 Mar. 2008
Format: Paperback
I would rate this as probably the poorest computer programming teaching book I have ever read. What you learn from a book is very much dependent on the ability and circumstances of the individual. This book however recommends this book as suitable for someone who can use a computer , an Internet browser and some knowledge of HTML would be useful. With that sort of recommendation, this book should have been straightforward for myself; starting from a point of a good working knowledge of C++: although my knowledge of HTML is a bit minimal . With a good working knowledge of C++ I pretty well breezed through the first half of the book. When the book started on the more advanced Javascript; I ran into a brick wall and quickly realised how poor the book was at teaching any aspect from scratch. What authors of this type of book fail to realise is that if you already have a good working knowledge of a subject, why would you need to buy a book. If you have covered most of the concepts and principles in other languages ; then you will find this book fairly straightforward. If however you fit the author's description of who should read this book; then you will probably learn next-to-nothing.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
how to do some things with JavaScript 13 April 2005
By Steve - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book supposes that readers don't know anything about HTML and JavaScript so it introduces HTML and JavaScript at the same time. Also, it covers most JavaScript features and gives you some simple examples. If you are new to HTML and JavaScript, this is the right book for you. You can know the basics of JavaScript

very quickly.

Since this book only introdcues "how to do some things with JavaScript". And if you really want to know "how to do everything with JavaScript", " JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook" might be the book you should buy.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great Learning Book for Experienced Programmers 25 Aug. 2004
By William D. Barrett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Experience programmers learning Javascript as a new language will enjoy reading this book. It is clear and concise with simple examples. Novice programmers would also find this book useful. It is organized in a traditional way in which programming is taught. As you go through the chapters, the content becomes a bit more advanced.

This book would also be good for beginners, but it is not as good as Javascript: A Beginner's Guide.

However, this book is not a comprehensive presentation of Javascript and the DOM. You will need a companion book that is more of a complete reference. I am currently leaning toward JavaScript Bible, but have not yet made my decision. You may also want to consider a book that is directed toward specific applications. Javascript & DHTML Cookbook falls more into this category.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
How to do it with everything... Javascript GREAT Series 23 Aug. 2004
By Paul Wade - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The "How to do it with everything s..." is one of the best series of its kind, I have found. Covering many subjects, as it does, I am particularly pleased with the way it deals with Web, or should I say Internet, related topics and still remain quite current. Not an easy thing, what with the speed of changes as fast as they are on-line.

JaveScript, which is a far more important facility than people give credit for, is quite difficult to explain, especially in a small book. Nevertheless, it is done very well here. Not explained "ad nauseum" but with tight facts and easy to follow examples.

Amazon sells this book at a great price, which is made even better if you buy say, two books and get the delivery for free. Saves me a fortune, I know that...

Learn and Enjoy.....

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good JavaScript introduction 23 Sept. 2003
By Daniel Anibal Mazzuca - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It describes appropriately the JavaScript language. It is well written with almost no typos. It also has some introduction to the new JavaScript version 2.0. However, it is not clear when it describes DOM, JavaScript, and browser objects, methods and attributes, what it is fundamental for web applications development.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Solutions-Oriented Guide 22 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I went through several JavaScript books to find one that covered everything I needed. This book was by far the best out there. It's simple enough for the beginner, but still has useful information for someone who has written HTML & JavaScript before. It's just generally a good guide to have around.
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