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I highly recommend this book.
Now onto the practical side. This book contains thousand pages and is three-finger thick. My dad helped to carefully cut it into 10 pieces, two-three chapters each and enforced the spines with transparent tape. I carry the piece I'm currently reading in a Snugpak A5 Snugpak Grab A5 Document Holder - Black - One Size. If you keep it real (I do), you need to carve considerable time to read all the thousand pages. Firstly, read while commuting. I read mine on the tube and carry the current piece rolled in my shell jacket's pocket. Secondly, read before sleep. Third, read during the lunch break at work. If you count totals, for example, morning: 0.5h train + 0.5h tube + 0.5h lunch + evening 0.5h train (tube's are busy in the evening so that's zero evening tube reading time), that's two hours. If you read for one hour before sleep, that's three hours reading and learning time EVERY DAY. If you live not alone, go to library on the weekend.
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Organizing a vast arsenal of objects, methods, properties and differences in major browsers' implementation (e.g. IE, FF) is not the easiest task to tackle. However, in my humble opinion, the author makes a sincere and successful effort. To that end there are many helpful tables and figures which either consolidate the relevant pieces of information or provide a graphical analysis of a complex subject, like for example the 'Prototype Pattern'. Also, common pitfalls and helpful hints are provided in abundance and pointed out in conspicuous bordered frames throughout the book.
The most helpful element though, are the succinct and to-the-point examples of code that follow each and every discreet section on a specific subject. Wherever there are possible ambiguities or peculiarities of the language, the author provides more than one example to utterly dissolve them. In most cases one can follow only the given snippets and understand completely the subject at hand, since they are almost self-explanatory.
Finally, this book provides an analytical table of contents at the beginning and a powerful index at the end, which allows for granular keyword-based searches. Finding what you want is almost as easy as hitting the Ctrl-F button to open a typical search field!
It is not a language that I like (I still prefer C++ to C# but have to work with C#).
This book seems to get the basics across clearly, and still have lots of in-depth theory and harder examples, so that I will not be floundering. And the price is very reasonable.
There is also a lot of fascinating information about browsers 'quirks', how browsers and the WWW evolved, and things you need to be aware of in general.
I don't think I found one typo in the whole book.. that's quite unusual !
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A brilliant book that explains everything with really good short examples and lengthy explanations, you really get what your being taught. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mr. P. A. Brown
I have read very many programming books over the years. This must be up there with one of the best. I like the no-nonsense approach to delivering the information in a very clear... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
It is hard to find words that better describe this book than its title - it simply does perfectly what it says on the tin.Published 19 months ago by Castlefields