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Thomas Powell, lecturer for the University of California, San Diego, is the author of HTML & CSS: The Complete Reference and Ajax: The Complete Reference. He is president and founder of PINT, a Web site design and development firm.

Fritz Schneider is a software engineer at Google where he works on both front- and back-end systems. His previous experience includes social search service Aardvark and an earlier stint at Google where he founded Google's Firefox and Safe Browsing teams. Fritz is an experienced teacher of Web technologies and coauthor of How to Do Everything with Google.


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HASH(0xa1e84420) out of 5 stars Finally, a JavaScript book I can actually use 10 Jun. 2013
By Phrawm47 - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not sure how good the older versions of the JavaScript Complete Reference with their orange and black covers were, but this new Third Edition with its blue cover has so far proven to be the most usable and helpful JavaScript book I've found. And I've tried several.

What enables this Third Edition to work so well for me is that it contains links to downloadable examples that (a) actually work, and (b) do things one might actually want to do.

More specifically, the book's examples of working with HTML pages' DOMs (Chapter 10, especially) were the first such examples I encountered that I could actually make sense of and make use of. Stated another way, I've had all I want to have of books that use wholly theoretical, non-working "examples" to illustrate key concepts, DOM or otherwise.

One important contributor to this book's usefulness and helpfulness was its technical editor. The book's technical narrative stays on track, doesn't cloud the discussion with useless hypothetical digressions, and always ties theory to real, working JavaScript examples that enable the reader to learn something both useful and interesting.

Long story short, using Firefox's Firebug and Web Developer add-ons, I was able to learn more about actually using JavaScript from this book than from several other JavaScript books combined. The book's working examples provided me with baseline bodies of useful (key word, that) JavaScript code that I could then expand to develop my JavaScript skills and accomplish something I actually wanted to use JavaScript to do.

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In the time since I wrote my original review, I've worked on and off with various aspects JavaScript. As I did, JavaScript: The Complete Reference, 3rd edition continued to be a great learning and reference resource.

Never has it been more useful than when I recently expanded my JavaScript knowledge by learning AJAX. As was the case with my initial review, the book provides clearly written and useful examples. The book's only omission is that it falls upon the reader to figure out how to set up some sort of test Web server necessary to process HTTP requests. (I suggest taking a look at apachefriend.org's XAMPP or Node.js.)

My point is that the book has proven to be better at explaining AJAX than were a couple of books that had the word AJAX, and even the phrase "beginning AJAX" in the title. So my initial satisfaction with this book continues unabated...
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HASH(0xa1f35eac) out of 5 stars This is great 10 May 2014
By Bruce Baker - Published on Amazon.com
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I have not finished the book; but am well enough along (2/3) to have a valid opinion. My opinion is that Powell and Schneider take a difficult subject and make it understandable. The writing style flows smoothly and difficult points become palatable. Specifically, I believe I now have a working understanding of closures.
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HASH(0xa1f5c7bc) out of 5 stars Much better IMHO than "The Definitive Guide" (which I also have) 15 July 2014
By Lyle Wincentsen - Published on Amazon.com
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Well worth buying. Much better IMHO than "The Definitive Guide" (which I also have). If you like the "The Complete Reference" series you'll like this one too.
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HASH(0xa1f5ccd8) out of 5 stars Great resource and teaching book! 1 Sept. 2013
By mike - Published on Amazon.com
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This book really covers JavaScript from a conceptual standpoint, with an emphasis on proper programming practices. It's taught me to be a better programmer and has helped ween me from being a cut and paste hack. I'd recommended this book for beginners and advanced users.
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HASH(0xa1f5cbc4) out of 5 stars Perfect for people of all skill levels 8 Dec. 2012
By Michael Cumberbatch - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently starting learning Javascript and I like this better this most tutorials on the web. Some concepts are the same as other languages but syntax is different obviously This helps you with the most basic concepts to the more advanced topics. I recommend this if you are a programmer and need a quick reference to any topics without consulting the internet as well as a welcome addition to a programmer's library.
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