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5.0 out of 5 stars Very decent Javascript book, a few flaws, 23 Jun 2013
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I learned PHP from Ullman's books, and I was very grateful for them when transitioning from ASP.

I'm currently looking for work and JavaScript seems to be a primary coding language for more and more jobs.
So how does this book shape up?
There are lots of rotten JavaScript books out there, I had the O'REilly book JavaScript: The Definitive Guide (Definitive Guides) which is just dreadful.

I found it very useful when I had a test to do in JavaScript, the AJAX and JSON chapters were very good, I used them in conjunction with the w3c site (although note that you need a server setup for Ullman's examples - I used MAMP on my Mac) and learned how to use these technologies over a week. Some of Ullman's examples were a bit wordy, but using Ullman/ w3c in conjunction was perfect.

Ullman also good at how JavaScript's changed and why it's becoming much more useful (better support from browsers/ frameworks like JQuery) As noted knowing some HTML/PHP is very useful particularly as you get on in the book.

This is the best book on JavaScript I've found, although if you're interested in JQuery JavaScript & jQuery: The Missing Manual is very good.
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