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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (17 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193398869X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933988696
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Resig is the Dean of Open Source and head of JavaScript development at Khan Academy and the author of the book Pro JavaScript Techniques. He's also the creator and lead developer of the jQuery JavaScript library.

Bear Bibeault has been working in the area of web applications since the mid-nineties, getting started with beta versions of JSP and Servlets. He is a senior moderator at the popular JavaRanch site, and has contributed articles to the JavaRanch Journal as well as Dr Dobb's Journal online. He is a co-author of several Manning books including Ajax in Practice, Prototype and Scriptaculous in Action, jQuery in Action, and jQuery in Action, Second Edition. He works and resides in Austin, Texas.


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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr G. on 26 Jun. 2013
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This is a really disappointing book from John Resig (of the jQuery fame). I remember John started to write this book around 2008 or 2009 and sadly the content of the book shows its age. A very large portion of the book (and most chapters) are padded out with little information but lots of examples followed by the same example code with descriptions and then followed by a paragraph or two of description about each of the numbered points in the descripted example.

Going beyond the fact that the example code is repeated reveals that 95% or more of the actual Ninja 'Secrets' are in fact very well known and widely documented JavaScript techniques and features of the language itself (and most of them documented by people like Dougas Crockford back in 2009 with his Yahoo tech-talks).

This book is a disappointment since it feels like a re-hash of much older work which could have been written in a far more concise way (one example with numbered points described in a paragraph).

A bigger problem is the fact that some code examples have very basic errors (such as using '==' instead of '=' when performing a variable assignment) which prevent the code from running and confusing any potential JavaScript student.

Annoyingly every paragraph is filled with the word 'Ninja' or some lame ninja-related phrase and this get old very, very, very quickly to the point were the author(s) seem to be fixated with the word without actually showing any secrets which are NOT from 2009 or before.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Huw Jeffries on 23 Jun. 2013
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This book provides a great intermediate to advanced coverage of Javascript. (I don't recommend it for absolute beginners). I've also read "Javascript the good parts" by Douglas Crockford, which good but quite short and made the reader work hard to fill in the gaps / understand the examples. Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja is much easier reading and covers the material at a more leisurely pace.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mavdi on 2 Feb. 2014
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This book has the best visualisations of closures and the Javascript event loop. Things that took me years to fully understand are well written, visualised and explained leaving you with no doubt.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Nielsen on 2 Jan. 2015
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A must read book for anyone serious about JavaScript. Simple as that.
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