NOTE: This review was originally published in the Computer Users of Erie newsletter, May 2013 issue. It is authored by our member Don Grim.
You can download all the examples for free at [...] (at the "Download The Scripts" link at the top). Then double click any of the files with an html extension (script01.html and so forth) to see them running. Therefore, the code is there for you and you don't have to type the code! It allows you to see all the possibilities, before getting the book! Each example has a heading at the top that describes what is happening. If you want to know more of what the examples are doing, or how the sections of code are working, you need to read the book at that point.
In Chapter 9, I created my first cookie on a computer and I didn't even have to bake! I ran script01.html and it asked me to enter my name. I entered my clown name of "Dinky Gurglewitz". When I ran script02.html, a message was on the screen of "Hello, Dinky Gurglewitz". Look out, the Big Brother computer is watching me! Cookies can feel like an invasion of privacy though they can be helpful such as the convenience of your own computer remembering (by cookie), your login password so you don't have to enter it or remember it each time. Speaking of "Dinky", Chapter 12 have a silly name generator and one of the names is "Dinky", so I guess it is appropriate as a clown name!
There is an example of a countdown in Chapter 11 (script06.html). That helped me learn more about setting my Billionth Anniversary countdown ([...]) on the web.
There are a lot of examples. I'll mention some, chapter by chapter, that especially attracted my attention. I like how you can prompt a web visitor in Chapter 2. You can even ask them a question with a prompt like "Are you sure you want to do that" and then it will give a response like "You said: Get out of here" (script06.html). The Famous Quotes example gives a unique way to use buttons as menu items in Chapter 2 (script09.html). Chapter 3 has all sorts of options on a Bingo card that could give you ideas for various presentations. Chapter 4 has nice rollover options (where something happens when your mouse moves over an area). I like the Leonardo's Inventions (script06.html). I like how a link to a picture can be a pop up window so you can more easily get back to the main page, shown in Chapter 5 (script08.html). I like the examples in Chapter 6 that allow the filling out of forms, including drop down options. I like the ability to sort a list of names and capitalize them right on the web in Chapter 7 (script05.html). I like the eyes that follow your mouse pointer in Chapter 8 (script06.html). I like the slideshow option that runs with arrow keys in Chapter 8 (script10.html). I like how you can collect cookie names and values (like number of visits) in Chapter 9.
The book finishes with four nice Appendix sections for references, including code information and even a genealogy about code. The book has a list price of $34.99. I recently saw it listed for $21.18 at amazon.com. Computer Users of Erie (CUE) members have a 35% discount for this book, because it is a Peachpit book.