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Javascript: The Definitive Guide Paperback – 11 Jun 1998

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  • Paperback: 792 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 3 edition (11 Jun. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565923928
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565923928
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.7 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 499,520 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 By polyp2000 on 17 May 2001
Format: Paperback
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 By Dewi Morgan on 8 Nov. 2000
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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 By A Customer on 6 Sept. 1999
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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 By paulbrown@pabcom.freeserve.co.uk on 26 Jun. 2000
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Woakes on 27 Feb. 2000
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Jan. 2000
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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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