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JavaScript For Dummies [Paperback]

Emily A. Vander Veer
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19 Nov 2004 For Dummies
  • Responding to reader feedback, the author has thoroughly revamped the book with more step–by–step coverage of JavaScript basics, an exclusive focus on Internet Explorer, and many complete sample scripts
  • Updated to cover JavaScript 1.5, the latest release of this popular Web scripting language
  • Using lots of examples, including a sample working Web site, the book shows how to create dynamic and interactive pages, build entire sites, and automate pages

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 4th Edition edition (19 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764576593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764576591
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 18.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 506,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Now with more about JavaScript for Internet Explorer

Here′s the secret to building dynamic Web pages that get your visitors involved

Want the script for cool Web pages? With this handy guide by your side, it′s easy to follow! Completely revised, this edition gives you all the JavaScript basics as well as step–by–step instructions for getting your scripts onto the Web. Before you know it, you could be building interactive Web sites for fun — or profit!

Discover how to

  • Write, test, and debug JavaScript scripts
  • Detect a user′s browser
  • Format and display times and dates
  • Store information with cookies
  • Create hot buttons, clickable images, mouse rollovers, and more

All this on the bonus CD–ROM

  • All sample code listings covered in the book
  • Trial versions of Web Weaver®, and Dreamweaver® MX 2004, including HomeSite®
  • SmartMenus DHTML, plus other scripts and examples you can use

Please see the CD–ROM appendix for details and complete system requirements.

About the Author

Emily Vander Veer is an experienced Web developer with a talent for making technology understandable. She′s the author or coauthor of eleven books on Web technology.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't try to learn from this book 21 May 1999
By A Customer
While all of the information is in there somewhere, I found this book to be poorly organized and hard to follow. The author repeatedly introduces in-depth concepts without having yet explained the base concepts. Even though I have other programming language experience, I couldn't follow this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I am a complete beginner when it comes to programming. I found the flippant style half amusing and half irritating but I guess it helped maintain my interest.
Most of the book is quite clear, but there are concepts which are not well explained. For example, if you are not familiar with Functions and Arguments, you're left wondering how exactly this all works and why all of a sudden a function call is using arguments with names different to those the function was initially declared with. It all becomes very confusing.
Contrast the examples in Javascript - Annotated Archives, (ISBN 0078823641) where each single line is carefully explained. Now I am not suggesting this is the right book to start trying to understand Javascript with, but the two together did it for me.
Vander Veer's basic problem is that she can't be bothered to fully explain; and this is not helped by examples which are just fragments. There comes a point when you need to explain the whole thing, in one go and not just make promises (and there are plenty of them) that you will explain later in the book. Are readers supposed to put pen to paper and keep a list of things which will be explained later? By the time later comes round, you've forgotten what it was the authro promised to explain 'later'. Even more disappointing, is when the author does not keep her promise and explain... especially because when she can be bothered, she is quite good.
If this is Javascript for Dummies I probably needed Javascript for Amoebas...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I am a complete idiot and newbie when it comes to javascript so I thought this book would be ideal for me. Unfortunatly I was lost after reading chapter 3, the author dives right into the nitty gritty of javascript before even explaining the structue of it. Any new user is just going to be lost and confused with this book. I wish I had chosen more carefully.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I, as well was not too impressed with the book. Fortunately, I know some Java so that JS was not too difficult. But, if you are a total novice and know nothing about object-oriented or object-based programming, then you are going to be totally lost. I think that the author dives into functions and object methods way too early. There are some useful scripts in the book, especially for client-side form validation. But, if you are not familiar with Javascript you're going to be lost. My suggestion to the author is that she also have exercises to test the reader's knowledge - you can only learn this stuff by doing. If any novice is reading this review, my suggestion would be to first visit Joe Burns' javagoodies ([...] and go through the 30 javascript primers that are there. The best thing about them is that they're free! Also, if Joe's new book on Javascript (Javascript Goodies) is anything like his web tutorials or his HTML Goodies book, then I would save your money and wait for that one to come out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars very weak book 3 Aug 2000
I bought this book when I had no clue regarding Javascript, I read 90% of the book, and by that time I realised I understood nothing, the examples are worthless there, and the book doesnt teach you the basics of programming javascript
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Read this and you'll feel like the title 19 May 1999
By A Customer
I can't believe some of the available reading that professes to assist newcomers. Read this book and by page 40 you will feel just like a dummy. Try Netsacpe Javascript 1.2 for an excellent learning experience. Their DevEdge site is also a wonderful experience for learning. Before buying any book, look here for customer previews. I wish I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste of money 27 Nov 2007
Not only is this book poorly organised, the CD that came with it did not contain all the files that it said it would. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Far better is SAMS Javascript in 24hours which unfortunately is not generally available in the UK (Why not?). Found it on Amazon nonetheless.
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1.0 out of 5 stars JavaScript for Dummies !!!!!!! 19 Dec 2005
I had great expectations of this book, i am a complete novice at javascript and thought this book would help me understand the concepts more easily in preparation for a course i am about to undertake.But this dummie certainly found the book too difficult to grasp.I hope that i can use this book as a reference once i have finally mastered the art of javascript from other sources.If you are thinking of buying this book as a complete beginner then think again,there are better books out there than this one to start with
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Ok book but outdated now
Published 19 days ago by Eddy
2.0 out of 5 stars dumb n dumber
am new to js so needed real nuts n bolts intro; this isnt it despite promises. it doesnt explain terminology in simple terms. Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2009 by Ms. Kerryann Lund
4.0 out of 5 stars A Beginners Review
As a beginner to JavaScript, and with little or no scripting experience in the past, I have found this book very useful as I learn more about Web Design and Development. Read more
Published on 8 Nov 2009 by Mr. C. G. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Javacript for absolute beginners!
As said in the title, this is the book you need when you know absolutely nothing about Javascript. Or else, maybe you've tried to learn before and it still reads like an alien... Read more
Published on 4 April 2009 by Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FOR BEGINNERS!!!!
I loved it!!! I have been programming with HTML,Perl,C, JAVA, JavaScript, ASP,VB Script and visual basic and I said " Hey, let me pick up one of these JavaScript... Read more
Published on 4 July 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Thanks everyone
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your kind comments on the dummy book.
i was about to buy it when i decided to read customer's comments which... Read more
Published on 15 Jun 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars For Dummies...?
The CD was missing all of the examples from Chapters 1 - 5! The book itself was not too terribly difficult to follow, however, I had taken a class in JavaScript before, so I had... Read more
Published on 23 April 1999
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