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A programming cookbook is usually a collection of small (but perfectly formed and debugged) components you can mix and match to create your own applications. By this definition, Javascript Application Cookbook is a misnomer. This is actually a collection of 11 completely worked-out client-side Javascript applications including a search engine, Web based tests, slideshow, simple ciphers, shopping cart and so on--all useful stuff.

It assumes the reader has a good grounding in Javascript--certainly enough to follow the code. The explanations that follow each application are mainly high-level overviews of the operation of the component parts of each application.

If you want to learn Javascript, you might be better off with a book on the Javascript language and a standard reference on programming algorithms. Jerry Bradenhaugh clearly knows his stuff, however, and if you need a lot of examples showing effective ways to construct large client-side Javascript applications then the Javascript Application Cookbook will be useful. --Steve Patient

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"Anyone interested in serious programming with JavaScript should definitely consider "JavaScript Application Cookbook" by Jerry Bradembaugh..." -- Hawaii Cold Fusion & Macromedia User Group, June 2002

"Anyone interested in serious programming with Javascript should definitely consider Javascript Application Cookbook..." -- Hawaii Cold Fusion & Macromedia User Group, June 2002

That's a must when you are looking for ideas from someone with as much knowledge as he has. -- Hawaii Cold Fusion & Macromedia User Group, June 2002

This book attains the usual high standards of O'Reilly books with clear,entertaining writing and a good presentation. -- Robert Judd, Front Range Unix Users Group, 11 March 2002

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Some interesting bits, but the author appears to have no understanding of good coding practice. Elementary ideas like data name integrity are alien to him, and as for object-orientated techniques... The code is unstructured and inconsistent - which might explain his unfortunate bias in favour of Internet Explorer's DOM.
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I bought this book because I wanted to get into the development of websites. We all hear the jargon being batted around.....and high in that list comes "javascript"...I bought a reference which is great, "javascript - the definative guide", also from O'reilly..but this shows how to do REAL things on your site. It is hard going at first, but very quickly helps you pick up speed...another excellent piece of work from O'reilly....BUY THE BOOK, you will not regret it!
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Beg, borrow, or even steal but do what you can to buy this book!!! JavaScript Cookbook is by far is the best written book on JavaScript in the O'Reilly series, knowing this owning the previous 3 JavaScript books published by O'Reilly - JavaScript The Definitive Guide - Designing With JavaScript and DHTML The Definitive Reference. This one takes the advanced programmers and teaches then even more. However this book is not for the beginners out there. For it has no reference to the language and expects you to know how to use the language. If you need to buy anything, buy this... ...NOW!!!
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If you want a book to teach you how to program, then go elsewhere. However, if you want to unleash the power of Javascript on your web-site then buy this. You mention Javascript and most people will probably think fancy graphical effects and the like. This takes the language one step further and shows you how to build useful applications, explaining all code stage by stage. Its amazing how much I've learnt in a week, and each program can be easily adapted. If you want to do cool things with Javascript then get this, if you want to know about naming conventions and object oriented design, then buy Javascript for nerds or something.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good .. at being what it is 20 Jan. 2000
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I must say I don't understand some of you saying this book isn't what you hoped for - you certainly didn't know what you were buying. As for being an "application cookbook" this book does what it's supposed to do and does it well.
The application examples include an online test system, a slideshow/image viewer and something I found very useful, a cookie based shopping cart. Even if there isn't really a wide variety of different examples, those provided are advanced enough to show the capabilities of JavaScript at a high level, and gave me ideas on other things I could program myself, using the examples as guidelines while moving along..
My impression of the code in the book is that it is clean and hi-qual, it works w/o glitches in 4.x gen browser, which really are what you should be developing for these days.
Only gripe is the price.. a little too much maybe.. but I guess I could live with that after saving alot of work cop.. *cough* .. learning from the code in the book :)
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Damn Good 16 Dec. 1999
By Geneva Roth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When I received my copy of the JavaScript Cookbook, I got exactly what I was looking for - a JAVASCRIPT resource. This is a solid piece of work that not only includes practical web ready applications & code, but also provides clear and concise explanations each step of the way. I found most of these explanations to hold considerable value beyond just the scope of the particular recipe; I had no problem using them to broaden my understanding in the bigger picture of JavaScript.
I found Bradenbaugh's book quite helpful and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in expanding their bag of JS tricks with immediate applicability. (I am currently using the client-side search engine application, and have dog-eared a handful of practical JS functions in Chapter 6). However, to all those reviewers below looking to learn Perl, you might want to first read this book's title before you pick it up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Toughtful and complete 9 Feb. 2000
By Brian Donnelly - Published on Amazon.com
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I definately stress that you have some experience with Java script before diving into this book but it is by far one of the best intros I've read. This book guides you through semi-complicated to very complex application designs that would be useful for any web site. The coments on the code are clear and pretty much line by line explainations. This book will be exceptionally useful to the user wanting to refine his/her Java script skills in regards to the web. Its books like this that make O'Reilly what they are.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is exactly what it says in the title! 27 Jun. 2000
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The title is 'JavaScript Application Cookbook'. The author says he aimed to provide complete applications in JavaScript to demonstrate its power and in my opinion, he has done this extremely well.
If you don't quite have the time to try and build entire applications, or would like to use cross-browser JavaScript to its fullest extent, then this book is highly recommended - kudos to the author. If you're looking for a JScript reference, stick with JavaScript : The Definitive Reference by David Flanagan or the JavaScript Bible by Danny Goodman.
32 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting either 6 Dec. 1999
By chris nott - Published on Amazon.com
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I, too, would have preferred a 'Perl Cookbook' or 'Numerical Recipes' style book. Granted, this would have put it out of reach of beginners, but it would have filled a hole in the current selection of advanced Javascript texts. The book covers a number of sample applications with snippets of general explaination sprinkled throughout. Most of the commentary is specific to the applications, though. And it concentrates on how the code works not why particular choices were made in the coding. The general explainations are kinda basic - how nested loops work, how to use eval(), avoiding multiple document.write() calls using variables. And they avoid important issues related to those topics - that the eval() function requires a lot of overhead so using array notation to access members of collections should be used whenever possible and single document.write() calls aren't only pretty but can prevent applications from crashing in particular circumstances.
Chapter 6 covers javascript source files (external .js files). I would have liked to see more coverage because they allow code to be cached and reused and they allow greater maintainability of existing applications. The presented libraries themselves leave a bit to be desired. cookies.js is a standard but others such as frames.js and arrays.js are a bit skimpy - I've seen better on the web at places like WebMonkey.com. The dhtml.js library is almost useless - show() and hide() functions only. And using the images.js library would result in the same bloated pages created by using the builtin image functions in authoring environments like Dreamweaver or GoLive. At least they could have provided a scalable, portable, easily customizable and maintainable image rollover function.
Another concern is that there is no mention of the Mozilla project (the long-awaited Netscape 5) or even of Document Object Model support in IE5. The one DHTML application sticks to 4.x functionality.
If you find the leap between a beginner book like 'Visual QuickStart: JavaScript 1.2 for the World Wide Web' and a robust reference like 'JavaScript: The Definitive Guide' too much, this book might be helpful but the few lessons in it will be quickly learned and you will soon be looking for more.
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