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Product details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (18 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118531647
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118531648
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 3.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“…inside it’s beautifully designed, clearly laid out, and adds plenty of visual examples alongside the instructive text…”  (Web User, August 2014)

“Forget dry references and cheesy examples. This beautifully designed visual guide takes you from the basics to sophisticated JavaScript techniques for making websites interactive and engaging in a way that is, in itself, interactive and engaging” (ZDNet, September 2014)

From the Back Cover

Learn How To
Read and write JavaScript
Make your sites more interactive
Use jQuery to simplify your code
Recreate popular web techniques

Techniques Include
Slideshows and lightboxes
Improved forms and validation
Using Ajax, APIs, and JSON Filtering, searching, and sorting

Online Support
Code samples and practical exercises available online at: www.javascriptbook.com
Plus bonus reference materials

Welcome to a nicer way to learn JavaScript & jQuery.

Are you new to JavaScript, or have you added scripts to your web page but want a better idea of how they work? Then this book is for you. We′ll not only show you how to read and write JavaScript, but we′ll also teach you the basics of computer programming in a simple, visual way. All you need is an understanding of HTML and CSS.

This book will teach you how to make your websites more interactive, engaging, and usable. It does this by combining programming theory with examples that demonstrate how JavaScript and jQuery are used on popular sites. In no time at all you will be able to think and code like a programmer.

From the author of the best–selling HTML & CSS: Design and Build Websites www.htmlandcssbook.com

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Very well written book. Unfortunately let down by the binding. I'm barely half way through my first read, enjoying it too, but sadly the pages are falling apart. I am not a careless reader, but this is a big let down for me. Jon is very good at explaining concepts, with good examples for a beginner, and good illustrations too. The accompanying website is also good for reference. But the people doing the binding need to go back to the drawing board and improve their workmanship. They can do better than this. If I had known I would have probably tried the hardcover version in the first instance. The content is certainly worthwhile.

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After writing to Nick Mannion at Wiley Publishing last week I'm happy to say my copy was promptly replaced with a new hard cover copy. I can safely say the response has been five-star.
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Brilliant book. Clear, logical approach. I love the way the layout of the pages has been designed, more like a webpage than a traditional textbook. This gives little bitesize nuggets of information to digest. At first I thought that maybe there was too much vacant space on the page, and I would rather have paid for fewer more information-dense pages, but as I went on and began to get a hold on the complexities I decided that actually the presentation is just fine.
As someone who has done a fair amount of programming I found the book easy to follow, although the nature of the material means there is a fair amount of theory to take on board before you can do anything useful. For those starting programming there are some useful and well-illustrated pages explaining basic programming concepts.
The accompanying website has the code snippets for download but if there is any additional content, I haven't found it. I would have liked to have seen more there - after all, its what the book is about - and I would still have splashed out for the paper copy.
I hope Jon Duckett is planning more books. I'd buy one on Java.

Only four stars because the binding of the book is desperately poor. After a week a chunk of pages started coming out. Returning to Amazon for a swap and I hope to be luckier with the next one. I wonder if the hardback version suffers from the same problem.
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I was developer who had no experience with web development and javascript but even after watching pluralsight videos and reading W3Schools I felt that I wanted a more in depth intro to javascript. I have read this book front to back and every page felt like a dream, the full HD (feels like it) color visuals really make you forget you are reading a programming book. The content was enough for me to picture in my head how Javascript & jQuery contributes to front end development and how web pages work in general.

One of the features that stands out for me is for each example in the book it gives you a written description, flow diagram, code (with comments) and also example files that you can download, so if you have trouble reading laborious written descriptions of what the code is doing and rather just view it diagrammatically you can.

This one is definitely a keeper.
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(From my own blog brucelawson.co.uk)

Disclosure stuff: I was sent a free copy of this by the publishers. From 2000-2002 I worked with its author. I currently work with Mathias Bynens, the book’s technical reviewer (but didn’t know this until after reading it).

Don’t tell anyone, but I’m not very confident with my JavaScript – I learned to program in COBOL, FORTRAN, BASIC, 6502, Z80 and DCL which are all procedural, so I was looking forwards to a book that starts at the very beginning and treats me kindly, before clubbing me over the head because I polluted the global namespace and laughing at me for extending my prototypical object literal constructors into my callbacks.

The book’s blurb says “We’ll not only show you how to read and write JavaScript, but we’ll also teach you the basics of computer programming in a simple, visual way” and is the follow-up to Duckett’s hugely successful HTML and CSS Book which sold over 150,000 copies. (In tech book terms, that’s practically Harry Potter; in this industry, 5,000 is a successful book.)

The book looks beautiful. High quality paper, colour images, with real care and attention lavished on the layout and the words. I’m no quivering aethete designer, but I found it pleasurable to read even though it’s a weighty 600 page tome. Each page (or spread) is its own discrete infolump so it’s easy to out down and come back to.

It starts light – defining events, objects, methods and properties, showing the relationship between HTML, CSS and JS, and with a section on Progressive Enhancement (hoorah). However, I was slightly peturbed that the first worked example uses document.write.
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This is a very readable book on JavaScript and jQuery largely because its focus is visual and because it has been expertly designed in terms of pictures, typography and layout. It's not dry like most other books on the subject, but colourful and inspiring, and written in plain minimalist language. It also uses good looking websites that you can download, complete with .css. These files are clean and uncluttered, containing just enough information to make them look great and allow you to try out the examples.

If you're learning JavaScript, this is definitely a book I would recommend you to have in your library, especially for the section on jQuery which just makes it fun to learn.

The colour pages have a quality feel to them. The only issue I had with this book was the binding. If you bust the spine, the pages will come out so look after it.

I hope the author does a new version in years to come.
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