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JavaScript Web Applications [Paperback]

Alex MacCaw
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2 Sep 2011 144930351X 978-1449303518 1

Building rich JavaScript applications that bring a desktop experience to the Web requires moving state from the server to the client side—not a simple task. This hands-on book takes proficient JavaScript developers through all the steps necessary to create state-of-the-art applications, including structure, templating, frameworks, communicating with the server, and many other issues.

Throughout the book, you'll work with real-world example applications to help you grasp the concepts involved. Learn how to create JavaScript applications that offer a more responsive and improved experience.

  • Use the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern, and learn how to manage dependencies inside your application
  • Get an introduction to templating and data binding
  • Learn about loading remote data, Ajax, and cross-domain requests
  • Create realtime applications with WebSockets and Node.js
  • Accept dropped files and upload data with progress indicators
  • Use major frameworks and libraries, including jQuery, Spine, and Backbone
  • Write tests and use the console to debug your applications
  • Get deployment best practices, such as caching and minification

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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (2 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144930351X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449303518
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 18.4 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 476,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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jQuery Developers' Guide to Moving State to the Client

About the Author

Alex MacCaw is a Ruby/JavaScript developer & entrepreneur. He has written a JavaScript framework, Spine and developed major applications including Taskforce and Socialmod, as well as a host of open source work. He speaks at Ruby/Rails conferences in NYC, SF and Berlin. In addition to programming he is currently traveling round the world with a Nikon D90 and surfboard.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Good in places but a bit of a rough diamond 14 Dec 2011
By C. Jack
Format:Kindle Edition
Great idea for a book and much of the content is first class. Make sure you've read JavaScript the Good Parts and/or JavaScript Patterns and have learned the basics of JQuery before even attempting to read this book though, otherwise your going to have trouble following along with some of the content.

Unfortunately it does have some falws. In particular I found some of the descriptions of code samples were lacking, additionally many of the code samples seemed un-necessarily terse/confusing. Normally I wouldn't massively care about this sort of thing in code samples, however when coupled with the use of some of JavaScripts odder features they make the code a bit painful to read. Thats not to say you can't understand whats going on, you just have to put in more effort than you might expect and you probably won't find it as enjoyable as you'd like.

These issues are the main reason I've given the book just three stars. I'm hoping the issues will be addressed in any future second edition, at which time this will definitely be a five star book.

One other thing, chapter 11 is on Spine.js. This chapter is now a little out-of-date, for example Spine now uses CoffeeScripts classes, so you may want to use the excellent online documentation for spine.js instead.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wait, what? 4 Sep 2012
Format:Paperback
I have just spent an hour studying page 11 in this book. This involved scrutinising the code, drawing some diagrams and thinking about the meaning of life.
Overall the endeavour was productive, but every time my eyes land on the few lines of text that is present on that page, my brain curls. They are very hard to comprehend fully.

The author really needs to clarify this text.
This does not just mean that the author should sit down and have a look at it. Since he already wrote them and already deemed them fine, he will probably come to the same conclusion again.
Instead he needs to have a programmer sit down and read page 11, while speaking out loud, as he tries to comprehend whats going on and what the text says. In the meanwhile the author will sit silently and note which uncertainties and misunderstandings arise.
Then, he can rewrite the text together with the programmer.
Hint: the text needs to be more clear about what were trying to achieve.
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4.0 out of 5 stars MVC in Javascript 16 Sep 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read most of this book on my phone's kindle app, so I kinda skipped the code samples since they didn't layout very well on the small screen. However, I got the main themes that were covered as I went along. These were really just building up to the author introducing his own Javascript MVC framework (Spine) which features all the previously discussed concepts. If you really want to use all these ideas in your work, then the chances are that you're going to want to use Spine OR Backbone.js (a similar framework which has been around a bit longer and was the inspiration for Spine).

Before reading this book, I wasn't aware of the existence or function of these MVC Javascript frameworks. Now I've started experimenting with Backbone.js and it seems like these frameworks are the future of large Javascript apps.

So this book has been a great introduction to a new way of writing Javascript apps. However, this field is moving very fast, so various things get out of date: Spine has evolved to use CoffeeScript (not mentioned in this book atall) and the templating library mentioned earlier in the book has also been discontinued.
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