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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne; 2 edition (1 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072227907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072227901
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 374,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Essential Skills--Made Easy!

Create dynamic and inviting Web pages with help from this friendly, step-by-step guidebook. Through a logical sequence of tutorials, you'll learn the basics of the leading Web development language. Author John Pollock provides easy-to-understand coverage of the essentials--variables, tags, event handlers, objects, frames, and more--that will help you program your Web site to react to a viewers' actions or surprise them with special effects. This proven teaching tool also contains screen shots and plenty of sample code to assist you with real-world programming tasks. Begin using JavaScript right away and add interactivity to your site in no time!

Designed for Easy Learning:

  • Modules--Each concept is divided into logically organized modules (chapters), ideal for self-paced learning
  • Critical Skills--Each module opens with the specific skills covered in the module
  • Mastery Checks--End-of-module reviews test knowledge using short-answer, multiple-choice, and fill-in-the-blank questions
  • Ask the Experts--Q&A sections throughout are filled with bonus information and helpful tips
  • Progress Checks--Quick self-assessment sections check your progress
  • Projects--Practical exercises show how to apply the critical skills learned in each module
  • Annotated Syntax--Example code annotated with commentary that describes the programming techniques being illustrated

About the author: John Pollock has been working with JavaScript and other Web development tools for more than seven years. He is a technical writer and runs two Web sites devoted to Web development technology.

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John Pollock (Huntsville, TX) is a university student in Huntsville, Texas. He has been working with JavaScript and other Web development tools for more than 5 years. Her runs two Web sites devoted to Web development technology.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Kucukterzi on 30 Aug. 2009
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I am a total beginner myself to the Javascript language and I must say I found this book very useful and easy to follow.
It's written in as basic english as possible. It's been written in a logical order so you're best to read from beginning to end.
I've had this book for 2 days now and am already nearly half way through but do take your time. It just goes to show that I'm enjoying this book!
Overall, this book was indeed worth every penny!
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By omoney on 7 Oct. 2014
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its really good book
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 25 Mar. 2009
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This books gives you the basics of the basics of Javascript. Having read read more than a 100 pages of it, I'm still wondering why am I learning this. Why would I want to know how to write basic web pages in JavaScript?? If you're an ambitious web developer, you'll need something that goes right to the point - for me, I prefer stuff like ''this is how we do it'', I just need JS to add functionality and interactivity to my websites, which is supposed to be the main job of JS.

This book is a great reference to teach you every single comma and semicolon and what they're used to - if you're proficient in XHTML/CSS, you won't need this. I give it 4 stars as it's a very detailed book for newbies, and may for some establish a very solid understanding of JS scribble - but for me it's too much of superfluous details.
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86 of 88 people found the following review helpful
Superb book for the beginner... 18 Aug. 2004
By William D. Barrett - Published on Amazon.com
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Javascript: A Beginner's Guide is the best book that I have seen for beginners. The book is written like a text book and provides novice programmers with information on basic programmer's terminology, etc. Exercises are provided to help develop programming skills. When I start offering javascript class, this will likely be my choice for a textbook.

As a beginner's book, I give this 10 stars. This is a great book for people completely new to programming. For example, graphics designers without programming experience who want to develop web pages could easily use this book to learn javascript. Experienced programmers, however, may find this book to be too elementary. The author takes several pages to define what a variable is, which may be aggravating to experienced programmers who just want to learn a new language.
43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Great beginner's book 28 Sept. 2005
By Kim F. - Published on Amazon.com
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I have no programming experience and am teaching myself JavaScript. I tried a couple of other books, which left me feeling frustrated-even if they were supposed to be for beginners. Desperate, I tried this one and am happy to say that I'm writing small scripts and becoming familiar with all the different options.

The lessons are well written and easy to follow. The little progress checks and tests at the end of the chapters help highlight the lessons and, if you get any answers wrong, show you where to go back to reread/practice. Although a beginner's book, it gives hints of what can be done, which keep me motivated to continue learning.

It may be that I "outgrow" this book at some point, but I'm likely to keep it around for a quick reference.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
An Excellent Buy... 12 Sept. 2006
By Dustin Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent book -- here's why:

1) The author is an excellent teacher. You will have a solid understanding of the fundamental concepts of Javascript when finished with this book.

2) The code samples are clear and easy to try.

3) Each chapter covers a fundamental aspect of the Javascript language, such as variables, conditional loops, objects, etc.

4) Provides mastery checks at the end of the lesson to ensure you learned the materials, as needed.

It's perfect for the beginner, yet excellent for the more advanced programmer who wants to learn the starting fundamentals of this language. In my opinion, it's a 5 star book. (500+ pages and clearly-illustrated.)
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
For those without experience this is a great start. 24 Feb. 2004
By Michael J Woznicki - Published on Amazon.com
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Web design has gone through major changes over the years and with the addition of JavaScript web pages have so much more excitement to them. After reading this book and working with examples I was able to create basic JavaScript code and add things to the web pages.
The book is an excellent learning tool and easy to follow along with. The title is a Beginner's guide and there could not be a more exact description. The book has the step by step examples and each project has review questions.
The book lacks a cd with any tools or examples, although you can get free files from the internet. In updated version this might be something to add. The book takes you from getting the script in web pages to frames and forms.
If you new to Javascripting or have a need to brush up on some things, than you may want to get a hold of this book. Overall this is by far the best beginner text I have had a chance to work with.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A Professional Programmers Review 11 Mar. 2007
By Bruce Wachs - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are a programmer and you know nothing about JavaScript, this is a good place to start. Mr. Pollock's style is easy to read and follow. His examples, while somewhat humorous, are illustrative and educational. His pace seems a little slow at first, but overall he presents a very cohesive study of the fundamental JavaScript concepts. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs to add a little JavaScript to his resume.
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