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This book is not necessarily going to be an easy read, even for professionals. Crockford says so himself in the preface. It's dense and terse. By necessity it introduces terms that might be confusing at first, and which are only explained later. You have to read the whole book, patiently waiting for certain concepts to be explained, and for things to fall into place. On a re-read it all begins to make real sense. I do recommend that this book is read at least twice, preferrably three times. At least it's short!
This is an important book. Crockford writes with the authority, seriousness and simplicity of K&R.Read more ›
And it is, but it's jam-packed with Good Stuff.
If you're somebody who's picked up JS as you went along and learned to hate it as you went, this is the book that will show you a beautiful, powerful, and remarkably flexible language with no shortcomings that can't be worked around.
The only book drawback could be that it's not intended for absolute beginners, although it's well written and accessible.
It's much more of a traditional primer more akin to something like the White Book The C Programming Language (2nd Edition) than one of these inch thick 'Learn X in 24 hours' type of books but all the better for it. If you're motivated you could work through it in a weekend. I'm sure it will be on hand for the foreseeable future to make sure I don't adopt any of the bad practices ( a lot of which I've probably bought over from C but still).
a) You've got a fair amount of programming experience
b) You've got the time and inclination to build your own learning projects - there's no 'class project' that grows along with the book as it doesn't use a tutorial approach
c) If you're going to be doing more / serious work a language reference might be useful
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Im a developer by profession and this book save me on the first day of purchase. I had an error i was struggling with and realised the answer was in the book. Excellent book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Miss
This book has 170-odd pages as against over 1000 for the so-called definitive guide. Interim conclusion? Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gareth Greenwood
Essential Reading for JS devs looking to Improve. Probably requires a re-read every 6 months. I would not recommended for beginners.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
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