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5.0 out of 5 stars Larry Ullman as good as ever, 24 Nov 2012
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This review is from: Modern JavaScript: Develop and Design (Kindle Edition)
Larry Ullman has always been good at, as one reviewer put it, 'turning geek into English', and this book is another excellent example, in my opinion. I'm commenting only on the Kindle version of the book here, so would recommend downloading the preview version of the book first as you get a very good taste of his writing style. He makes it clear how he's approaching the subject and therefore whether it's right for you.

This is the first technical manual I've downloaded on the Kindle, in the past I've always bought the paper version. But as the manuals are usually enormous and ugly I thought I'd shake off the Luddite in me and try an electronic version. Overall I'm perfectly happy with the result - the Kindle is far easier to hold than a 600+ page manual (fends off RSI, too), and the 100% black and white display of my Kindle Touch doesn't matter for this book.

I was concerned though that hopping quickly around code examples would be a little tedious as you can't get much text on one Kindle page. The solution was easy - the Kindle for PC application, which allows you to read your Kindle books 'full size' on the PC while you're cutting code on the PC at the same time. You can also copy code for your own use from the application, although when you paste it it gets tagged every time with the full book name, author and page number.

If I had any criticism of the book, I'd say that a decent knowledge of html, css and php is more important than it might appear when you first pick up the book. Javascript as a scripting language necessarily fits in only with other technologies, so you need a good grasp of the latter to benefit the most from the book.

But overall I think Larry Ullman is like the BBC at its best - he educates, informs and entertains. Fab.
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