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Javascript: The Definitive Guide [Paperback]

David Flanagan
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11 Jun 1998 1565923928 978-1565923928 3

JavaScript is a powerful scripting language that can be embedded directly in HTML. It allows you to create dynamic, interactive Web-based applications that run completely within a Web browser; you don't have to do any server-side programming, like writing CGI scripts.

JavaScript is a simpler language than Java. It can be embedded directly in Web pages without compilation, so it is more flexible and easier to use for simple tasks like animation. However, although you can write reasonably robust and complete Web applications using JavaScript alone, JavaScript is not a substitute for Java. In fact, JavaScript is a good client-side complement to Java; using the two together allows you to create more complex applications than are possible with JavaScript alone.

JavaScript: The Definitive Guide provides a thorough description of the core JavaScript language and its client-side framework, complete with sophisticated examples that show you how to handle common tasks, like validating form data and working with cookies. The book also contains a definitive, in-depth reference section that covers every core and client-side JavaScript function, object, method, property, constructor, and event handler. This book is an indispensable reference for all JavaScript programmers, regardless of experience level.

This third edition of JavaScript: The Definitive Guide describes the latest version of the language, JavaScript 1.2, as supported by Netscape Navigator 4 and Internet Explorer 4. The book also covers JavaScript 1.1, which is the first industry-standard version known as ECMAScript. The new features of JavaScript 1.2, which are likely to be embodied in a later ECMAScript standard release, are clearly indicated, so that you can use them as appropriate in your scripts.

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  • Paperback: 792 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 3 edition (11 Jun 1998)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1565923928
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565923928
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 17.8 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 733,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Flanagan is a computer programmer who spends most of his time writing about JavaScript and Java. His books with O'Reilly include Java in a Nutshell, Java Examples in a Nutshell, Java Foundation Classes in a Nutshell, JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, and JavaScript Pocket Reference. David has a degree in computer science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives with his wife and son in the U.S. Pacific Northwest bewteen the cities of Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. David has a simple website at http://www.davidflanagan.com.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book two years ago because I was thinking of getting into the web development business. This is one of the most useful computer related books I have ever bought and now sits on my shelf looking battered and pawed, the way a good reference book should look!
Flanagan takes the reader from basic skills to more complicated stuff like building Crossbrowser Sniffers. All of the examples in the book are of practical use and I found them useful building blocks to many of the early projects I have worked on.

The command reference is extremely thorough , and well documented. This is the only Javascript book you will ever need, and once your copy becomes battered and pawed like mine, the chances are you will have become an expert Javascript programmer.
Go buy this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good reference. 8 Nov 2000
As usual with O'Reilly, the book does just what it says on the cover. I am not often called upon to write anything complex in Javascript: I can usually use existing code, server-side perl, or Java. But since buying this book, I found that when I have needed to do something in Javascript, the information has been here, to hand. Unfortunately, it can sometimes take a while to find if you are not used to the way objects are organised in Javascript, and indeed to the way the book is organised. I suspect if you read the whole book rather than just dipping into it as I do, you would get a whole lot more mileage out of it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Javascript Reference! 12 Oct 2000
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This book is a perfect reference for Javascript. It covers every necessary part of the Javascript language, and its statement & function reference section is perfect for looking up the syntax of a particular command, finding out variable names, checking which browsers a particular command is available in and more. This book is a Javascript programmers bible, always to hand to remind of of any command, syntax etc that you forget! Well worth it. Well done O'Reilly, another quality reference book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An excellent and comprehensive reference. Almost the definitive reference. I use this book almost every day at work. However I would not recommend it to anyone new to programming or JavaScript.
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I have hunted high and low for a good Javascript reference and most books came up extremely short, usually written by people who know it seems far less about the language than I did. One thing always missing from all the tutorials and docs I have collected is a definitive list of all the DOM elements and parameters you can set/read for each element. For ages I wanted to know how to check the resolution and window size of the client using my site, now I know. I have only used this book as a reference guide so far, but it is one of the best books I have ever bought, worth twice the cost. Some areas are a little sparce where I want to know more, but in general there is more here than you could ever need or find a reason to use, cover both Netscape and IE.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This isn't necessarily the best book to learn JavaScript, but it contains good working detail on what is available generally and covers both Microsoft and Netscape variations.
It is written in a clear concise manner that demonstatrates why buying O'Reilly computer books is always a good idea when building a library of reference material.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Probably the only Javascript book that you'll need for a long time. If you have programming experience and some understanding of object models then there should be almost nothing here that you won't understand and nothing outside of this book that you'll need. One of the best in the O'reilly series.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Reference 12 April 2000
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I own three JavaScript books - this one, JavaScript Pocket Reference (by the same author) and Designing with JavaScript by Nick Heinle. Of the three, The Definitive Guide is very much that - a reference book. It is *not* a book for the beginner unless that beginner is already a programmer. (You want Nick Heinle's book for this). I tend to use the Pocket Reference for quick checks on syntax, but The Definitive Guide remains my JavaScript "bible". It is not a light read but when you really want the nitty-gritty details, this is the book that you should be reading. The fifth star is lost from my rating due to the rather heavy style.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Basic level to professional scripting
It is good book with fundamentals and cover till the real time usage aspects of Java scripting.
Published on 12 May 2009 by Sathish Mangapuram
3.0 out of 5 stars A thorough reference, but no good for learning JavaScript
This book is a very good reference, but like all books of this type, is a bit on the dry side. A lot more examples of database handling and interfacing with ASP wouldn't have gone... Read more
Published on 10 July 2000 by Nicholas Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for those in the industry
This is more than a reference, not only does it have as much detail that most will require but is readable i.e. Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars It got me started
This is the first book I decided to purchase online from Amazon.co.uk... I had never looked at Javascript in a serious way until this, and I doubt I will look back to much either. Read more
Published on 16 May 2000 by ian@walkerzone.co.uk
4.0 out of 5 stars Worked for me!
I liked the flow and approach of this book.
It might not be the best book on Javascript, (there are too many for anyone to make that judgement, surely? Read more
Published on 22 April 2000 by M. Saxby
5.0 out of 5 stars title could have been ESSENTIAL
I often searched for an extensive book talking about javascript not in a tips and tricks way but into a way treating javascript as a real developping language and this book is... Read more
Published on 21 April 2000 by lg@wonderweb.net
4.0 out of 5 stars Programmer's Reference - Not A Tutorial
This book may well be an excellent reference book for programmers, but if you are looking for an inroduction and tutorial in javascript you should perhaps look elsewhere.
Published on 23 Feb 2000
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