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on 3 September 2000
I had very little knowledge of Javascript before buying this book. Now I have refined one of my forms to handle errors easier. As the title says I found the examples short and simple which is what we want (not complex programs because the author likes to show off). Some of the examples in the book did not work but were ok on the web site (was this some sort of initiation test?) I still can't get the Piano to play any notes!
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on 25 May 1999
I purchased this book because I bought Sam's Teach Yourself HTML in 24 Hours and that book was excellent from beginning to end and very easy to learn so I thought I would give this a try. I was terribly wrong. I am a total beginner and within the 4th hour I was lost. This book was not set up the same as Sam's HTML 24 Hour book. He tells how to write javascript but does not give you examples of how it should appear. He also tells you about things like applets, scroling messages, etc.. and dosen't give you examples of how to really write them, but then at the end of the hour he tells you've learned them. I was really lost when he talked about returning a value? He just doesn't give enough explantion. Overall a poorly written book and dosen't fully explain what the author is telling you and doesn't give you enough examples of how things should look appear after he give you examples of how to write them. This book is definetly not for the beginner like it says.
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on 19 July 1999
I have, up to now, been very satisfied with the "Teach Yourself ... in 24 Hours" series of books. They are normally very well written and easy to follow, with lots of working examples and on-line support.
This book, however, I found to be very vague and wishy-washy. The author's approach to teaching JavaScript is rather haphazzard and confusing. He tends to skim through the basics, never consolidating important beginning theories and as a result, the newcommer to JavaScript gets left behind, shaking his or her head. There are plenty of exercises to work through, but don't expect to find the answers anywhere if you get stuck. This book was NOT a good introduction to JavaScript and newbies will get horribly lost by about chapter 4.
If youre looking for a SUPERB introduction to JavaScript, rather invest in Danny Goodman's JavaScript Bible - it's definitely worth the expense!
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on 8 April 1999
Sam's "Teach Yourself..." series are clear, concise and effective. Michael Moncur's book is of no exception. As a student in an undergraduate Java course, this book was the perfect companion to my college text. In some cases, Java concepts were explained better in Moncur's book than in my course. Regardless of your experience, as long as you know HTML, you'll benefit from this book. You'll learn many of the most popular uses for JavaScript and unlike many of the other beginner's books for computing, you'll learn concepts - so that you can write your own scripts. Too many books poorly explain the topic, and serve no purpose other than to list examples that you can copy. Michael Moncur's book and others in the Sam's series are so effective that you don't even need to be in front of your PC to learn!
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on 15 April 1999
A writer has to write to a "market" and Michael has done an excellent job presenting Javascript to the newcomer. He has lots of examples covering most everything you might want to do with Javascript from rollovers to forms verification. This is NOT a comprehensive Javascript reference, but after working through this book, you'll be ready for one.
I use this book in my classes at NYU and the students are actually doing Javascript this term ... something that didn't happen with the book I used last term (which shall remain nameless).
If you're already a programmer, get a reference book, if you're a beginner, I can't imagine a better start. (Unless, of course, my next book is on Javascript.)
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on 7 April 1999
As a Novice developer who had an idea, and wanted to use JavaScript to get it done, I needed just what this book said it would do. Help me teach myself JavaScript in 24 hours. Sadly, after my 24 1-hour "lessons", I still couldn't get the job done. I did howerer get a basic knowledge of how the javascript language works, and a small concept of how to apply it. I think that what the average reader would gain from this book, can also be gained from the first few chapters of a more comprehensive text covering Javascript. Now I can go and buy one of those more comprehensive books. I could have gotten the same basic knowledge that this book gave me from and On-line users guide For Free.
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on 13 May 1999
With hardly any previous programming experience (just HTML), and after failed attempts with 2 other reference books, this one really worked for me. Michael explains the concepts and syntax in a logical step-by-step way, before branching out into more advanced areas. Each chapter follows a cohesive structure enabling you to learn by first understanding, then practicing. If you're willing to take the title with a pinch of salt (for a complete beginner, take 'hour' to read 3 hours!) then you'll soon be up and running with objects, methods and functions and maybe even ready to embark on Java. An excellent resource for anyone just starting Javascript.
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on 23 May 1999
From an avid fan of another book, Sam's Teach yourself HTML in 24 hours, this book was a real disappointment. The book started off well w/ plenty of examples and easy to understand for the beginner, but the rest wasn't what I expected. Towards the middle of the book, he rarely gives any examples. He brings up topics of what you can do, but doesn't show how the code looks or shows any examples of what the results looks like. This makes the book hard to understand. I would not recommend this book.
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on 13 May 1999
Having been pleased with Some of Sams Teach yourself in 24 books I picked this one up. I guess JavaScript wasn't meant to be learned in 24 hours. The Author doesn't really teach it, he shows an example and then says ok now you know it. Chapter 6 Left me utterly confused.
I need another resource that will lead me to the water like a baby. I understood about 70-60% of the concepts. But there was no "Real World" Application going on.
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on 24 June 1999
I Am a programmer. Not professionally but I do it for fun. I program in Pascal and C++. When I decided to learn JavaScript, I picked this up because I liked sams teach yourself borland C++ 5 in 21 days and it taught me C++ very well. The book is a good guide. Most of the problems the other reviewers had was browser conflicts. Depending on the browser I used, all of the code and examples worked as described in the book.
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