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  • Paperback: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 3 edition (23 Jun 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067231763X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672317637
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 5 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,855,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JavaScript Unleashed, Third Edition serves as a reference to the JavaScript language for the high-end programmer as well as a guide for developing JavaScript applications from the ground up. The topics most important to the intermediate to advanced Javascript programmer are covered, including Web security, integrating JavaScript with Java, and forms and data validation. Other topics include creating special effects with JavaScript, controlling layers with JavaScript, DHTML and Cascading Style Sheets, and using lookup tables in JavaScript. Some of the new topics covered are Internet Explorer 5, Active Server Pages, Netscape Plug-in autoinstalls and applets digital signature verification, and content layering.

About the Author

Allen Wyke is Practice Manager at Engage Technologies, and has developed Internet sites for several leading companies. His books include Pure JavaScript and The Perl 5 Programmer¿s Reference.

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Although it's better than nothing, as a fairly experienced web author but a newcomer to JavaScript (and its arcane syntax) I don't find this all that useful - I still refer to it when I have a JavaScript problem, but reluctantly. To be fair, I think I needed a reference rather than a "learn to use JavaScript" book, but the book does claim to be of use to everybody from "HTML authors and developers" to "Power users". Endless lists of properties and methods without more than a one-line explanation aren't very valuable and could be delivered better online. The index is particularly weak. One specific example to illustrate the kind of problems I have with this book - a couple of Javascript techniques I really wanted to use were described as "a secure feature requiring signed scripts" but nowhere in the index (or anywhere in the book as far as I can tell) are these terms explained, and I still don't know what "secure features" and "signed scripts" are or how you go about using them. I've never really got the hang of the book's overall structure either, and the examples weren't terribly well chosen: they cover too many trivial "effects" and not enough real-life stuff, the examples have too much irrelevant code to wade through and don't focus on the technique being demonstrated. I've bought various chunky and expensive reference books to cover all the technical aspects of my job (ASP, HTML, VB etc.) - with my own money! - and this is one of the most expensive, and least favourite, of my purchases.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Oct 2000
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Although not the best around this book certainly does succeed as a good introduction to Javascript. I really think it deserves more than 1 star...
My only gripe with it is that the pages of tables of properties etc are so dry they get skipped, and then at the end of the chapter you think "H'uh?". The tables are a good reference but maybe could have been all stored together at the end as a reference appendix.
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this book unleashes nothing! It scratches about from one little trick to another and provides no progressive, in-depth account of the language. Neither does it serve as a reference. Nothing here that could not be gotten, easily, for free, off the many javascript sites around.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Just get it! 2 Aug 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It's exactly what I wanted! There are many points I recommend this book to you. 1st, it covers the most appropriate issues. Basically, this book focuses on client-side development and covers almost all of it. Some books cover even server-side issues such as servlet, ASP, JSP while they are lacking in the main subject, client-side issues. If we want to learn server-side issues, we can just pick these kinds of books (Sun's JSP book is good). 2nd, it's well organized. For people who don't have a time to read everything, this well-organized book is really helpful. There are 35 chapters and each chapter pick up precise one distinct topic. You can skim and scan whichever you want. 3rd, a lot of useful sample codes and graphical outputs enable us to learn JavaScript easily. The definition of good programming books is how much they contain sample codes. This is it. 4th, If you are beginner for JavaScript, just take this. I'm a Java programmer but I'm a beginner for JavaScript and even HTML. However, this book helped me without any extra beginner books. Anyway, it's worthy of $50.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Great for getting you started, but... 11 Oct 2000
By Poplife - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a practical introduction to the language, this book was pretty much what I was looking for. And it's pretty readable, much more so than a lot of other big fat JavaScript books I looked at. So I guess I'd recommend it. But a few major provisos:
1) if you've done any programming in another language before, you will find the first couple of hundred pages heavy going, as it explains very basic concepts in excessive detail. But you still need to read these chapters as a few things come up which are peculiar to JavaScript.
2) It's just plain wrong, or incomplete in places. For instance, the browser-detection example given doesn't actually work because of some basic errors in the code. And it neglects to mention a lot of the vital peculiarities where Netscape's JavaScript and IE's JScript diverge in their behaviour. If the book is to be believed you'd think all Javascript 1.2 code would work on the latest Netscape and Microsoft browsers. It won't. It's just not that easy unfortunately.
3) Good for learning, but not much use as a "reference". Hard to find the info you want while you're coding, and when you do find it it's frequently too sketchy to give you any insight into your problem.
So don't rely on this book as your only JavaScript reference. You will have to look elsewhere to find out the truth and get your scripts working properly. Particularly if you want your code to work in Explorer.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Best JavaScript Book Available! 2 Dec 2000
By "born2bwild" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For the life of me I don't understand why this book hasn't rated higher here?
"JavaScript Unleased" is clearly written with to-the-point explanations. The examples are real world and fit in nicely with each chapter while the book covers the latest version of JavaScript (1.5) completely. The David Flanagan/O'Reilly and Danny Goodman/Bible books are ancient history from 1998 already! I also feel this book is more complete than the Flanagan book and Danny Goodman's explanations are too wordy.
If your are an intermediate to experienced developer buy this book you won't regret it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The best JavaScript book published! 7 Jan 2001
By Monica Israels - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have purchased and read a lot of technical manuals, and more then a few of these have been JavaScript guides. This was my first JavaScript purchase and it is still the one I refer to every time. I like the way it is organized, with lessons mixed with examples and little-known facts. Ordinarily I prefer O'Reilly books, but the O'Reilly JavaScript book is inferior to this one. JavaScript Unleashed is a superior text, though the CD-ROM was not at all helpful.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Serves as an effective and reliable reference 15 Feb 2001
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Alan Wyke's revised, expanded and updated, JavaScript Unleashed, Third Edition continues to serve as an effective and reliable reference to the JavaScript language for the high-end programmer as well as a guide for developing JavaScript applications from the ground up. The topics most important to the intermediate to advanced Javascript programmer are informatively covered, including Web security, integrating JavaScript with Java, and forms and data validation. Intermediate - Advanced, 1100 pages.
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