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JavaScript for the World Wide Web (Visual QuickStart Guides) Paperback – 14 Jul 2003

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 5 edition (14 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 032119439X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321194398
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 2.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,321,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JavaScript is great, but at best it is a complementary language for Web development. JavaScript for the World Wide Web offers a productive, how-to style that lets you solve a problem or pick up a trick and then move on with the rest of your work.

Consistent with other members of Peachpit's Visual QuickStart Guide series, this title makes wise use of side-by-side explanations and screen shots, as well as code snippets and their analysis. This approach gives readers the feeling that the authors are sitting by their side and showing them how to code scripts. Most subjects are handled with numbered steps, such as "Validating Zip Codes", and useful tips punctuate the text.

The book introduces the whole concept of JavaScript in a fast-moving but readable chapter and then moves into solving real-world challenges. The authors do a good job of covering JavaScript's capabilities, from eye-catching graphics tricks to data-entry form processing and cookie management. Particularly enjoyable is the way the book spells out many of the differences between Netscape and Microsoft dynamic HTML approaches.

The JavaScript object model is laid out in an appendix, along with object compatibility between various browser flavours. To complement the book, the publisher offers a Web site that makes all of the example code easily downloadable for your use. This is a great little guide for both busy coders and JavaScript novices. --Stephen W. Plain --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Liven up your Web Pages with this updated proven seller
JavaScript for the World Wide Web, 4th Edition: Visual QuickStart Guide is the book for people who are familiar with HTML and are ready to move up to the next level to make their sites more dynamic and exciting. With an easy, step-by-step approach and loads of useful illustrations, readers learn to use JavaScript to liven up their pages with dynamic images and smart forms. They'll learn to control browsers; detect which browser or plug-ins the user has and respond appropriately; use JavaScript to create and manipulate windows, and smoothly integrate HTML, JavaScript, and Java in a site. This edition, updated to reflect the latest changes in browsers and standards, covers new topics such as events, Cascading Style Sheets, Bookmarklets, and working with visual tools such as GoLive, Dreamweaver, and Fireworks.

Tom Negrino writes books and is a contributing editor for Macworld magazine. He's been working with the Macintosh since the innocent, halcyon days of 1984. Shortly thereafter, he began his writing career with MacGuide magazine , joining the Macworld ranks in 1987. His work has also appeared in Digital Video magazine, where he was a contributing editor and monthly columnist. Tom is a frequent speaker at Macworld Expo, Thunder Lizard's conferences, and other computer trade shows, and is a freelance computer consultant. He has served on the board of the Los Angeles Macintosh Group since 1985, recently ending his tenure as the group's president.

Dori Smith has been programming for over 20 years. As a partner in Chalcedony Consulting, she does programming, training, writing, and Web design. You can find out more about her at her personal site. Dori is also a contributing editor for NetProfessional magazine, is on their advisory board, and is a member of the Web Standards Project Steering Committee. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I've just started using this one myself, and so far, it's proven to be an invaluable reference. I used to think JavaScript was a difficult and laborious language to learn, especially since the only coding I know is HTML, a little BASIC and some MUSH code (I'm not a programmer, can you tell? *grin*) After paging through the first few chapters of this book, and even jumping around a bit, it's not so much of a mystery anymore, and I now have a correct perception of this popular scripting language, as well as a decent working knowledge. Following the excellent path forged by other titles in the series, this guide is written in a candid, easy to understand manner. Best of all, just like the VQS Guide to HTML4, another of my favorites recommended elsewhere on this site, it's got a companion web site with all of the samples as well as further exercises. Don't waste your time reading thick books full of information you'll never use. Try this one and get to work writing JavaScript immediately. Once you get started and become better versed in the language, you'll want to keep the book nearby as an easy to use reference source.
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If you are looking for a book to learn Javascript, then buy something else. This book barely scratches the surface. It explains nothing of the real structure of the language, and gives no explanation at all to some of the most basic methods of application or the how to constuct the things that you would use every day i.e. functions. However if you are looking for something to spice up your own personal web site. You will find something in the book you can use. Don't buy this book if you intend trying to earn a living out of scripting. If you are just playing then you will be OK
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I've browsed through several "how to" books on JavaScript and found most of them full of detail. Wonderful, but for a relative "newbie", it can be overwhelming at times. This book makes the learning curve short and makes programming fun.
In the past, I tried to figure out how they did that - looking at the source code. I'd paste in some code and spend hours trying to figure out why it didn't work. I've been to many JavaScript sites and picked up scripts here and there, but I needed a single source to speak to me in plain English.
I bought this book mainly as a primer - assuming I'd have to buy one of those huge ones later. This one has surprised me in that it seems to cover more than I want to know, and it seems to make the learning process easy. At this point, I've tried most of the simple scripts and I'm getting into the more complicated ones. I'm still understanding what I'm doing, and that helps me get the results I'm looking for.
Well laid out and seems to have the reader in mind - Keeps true to the title of the book - good diagrams, and aimed at someone who wants to get STARTED in JavaScript. An excellent book!
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Don't get me wrong I learnt my javascript with one of the earlier editions so it's an old friend. The fifth edition is what the fourth should have been. That one was way out of date. In ths one there are 3 new chapters, 2 near the beginning and one on nodes near the end. The mark-up code has been converted to XHTML but they missed the oportuunity of using a strict DTD so the are still some use of deprecated attributes notably bgcolor and align which could have easily been done in CSS. Also there is no character encoding so it will not validate with W3C. There is a good covering of topics and many variations of techniques but concentrating on form validation, menus and rollovers would have been better. There is still a lot of old stuff about older browsers which is no longer relevant and they should have stuck with the W3C DOM. All in all a much needed upgrade but this should have been done 3 years ago in the 4th edition and this one could have then tidied up the anomolies and looked to the future.
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There are a gazillion books on JavaScript and short tutorials, etc. in various books about the Web, but "JavaScript for the WWW (Visual Quickstart Guide)" just jumped right out of the crowd, and I knew it was the right book for me.
I think I have a pretty good sense of usability, and I know that my gut feeling about books is generally right on. This one is excellent!!
I'm not much for programming and scripting, although I have done it (FORTRAN and Basic, some years ago), and I do understand the concepts for object oriented programming (I designed the documentation for Microsoft's C/C++ 7.0). The layout of this book, with it's two equal mirrored columns (on facing pages); one for graphics and one for text, is my favorite design for a Quickstart Guide. I'm not intimidated by the idea of scripting with JavaScript, now that I have this book. I've even taken to reading it in the bathtub, a sacred rite, usually reserved for novels by Walker Percy, etc.
I've been designing software documentation for about 8 years, a good portion of that at Microsoft (Windows 3.0, MS-DOS 5, networks, Multimedia Development Kit, etc); over 100 books for more than 25 products. Tech Docs R Us! I've never written to anyone, telling them how much I like their books, but I had to write Tom and Dori. There's so much garbage out there that a good technical doc deserves a good review. This book gets 5 mice and a hardy hand clasp.
My own learning style tends toward experimentation: I'll read a part of a manual that seems interesting, even if it's in the middle of the book someplace, then try it out on my Mac, make mistakes and go back and reference the text again, and give it another try. The design of this book allows me to do this easily, and I really appreciate that.
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