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  • Paperback: 1224 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 7th Revised edition edition (5 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470526912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470526910
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 5.1 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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From the Back Cover

Get interactive with this definitive guide to JavaScript

Do you want to add interactivity to your web pages or gain more control over how browsers display your content? This bestselling guide shows you how to use JavaScript to give your site visitors a more engaging experience. Packed with sample code and ready–to–use scripts, it helps you quickly master JavaScript fundamentals and deploy strategies that best suit your web goals. You′ll be on your way to writing scripts for rollover effects, taking advantage of Web 2.0, using JavaScript subr

  • Explore the latest advances in JavaScript programming

  • Develop a scripting strategy and select the right tools

  • Master closures, generators, and iterators

  • Apply the latest JavaScript exception handling and custom object techniques

  • Harness the power of the Document Object Model

  • Launch Web 2.0 applications using Ajax, E4X/XML, and JSON

  • Perform data entry validation and enhance security

  • outine libraries, and more!

What′s on the CD–ROM?

You′ll find a large collection of extras on the CD–ROM, including a searchable e–version of the book with additional reference details, and 29 bonus JavaScript chapters on advanced topics such as data–entry validation, debugging scripts, cross–browser dynamic HTML issues, and more.

Also on the CD:

  • 10 full–fledged JavaScript applications

  • 300+ ready–to–run scripts

  • All the code in the book

System Requirements: See the CD–ROM appendix for details and complete system requirements.

CD–ROM Included!

  • 29 bonus chapters

  • 300+ ready–to–run scripts

  • 10 real–world JavaScript applications

Make your web site interactive

Create dynamic content for today′s browsers

Master Document Object Model concepts

About the Author

Danny Goodman is the author of numerous critically acclaimed and best–selling books, including The Complete HyperCard Handbook, Danny Goodman s AppleScript Handbook, Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference, and JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook. He is a renowned authority on and expert teacher of computer scripting languages. His writing style and pedagogy continue to earn praise from readers and teachers around the world.

Michael Morrison is a writer, developer, toy inventor, and author of a variety of books covering topics such as Java, C++, Web scripting, XML, game development, and mobile devices. Some of Michael s notable writing projects include Faster Smarter HTML and XML, Teach Yourself HTML & CSS in 24 Hours, and Beginning Game Programming. Michael is also the founder of Stalefish Labs (, an entertainment company specializing in unusual games, toys, and interactive products.

Paul Novitski has been writing software as a freelance programmer since 1981. He once taught himself BASIC in order to write a machine language disassembler so that he could lovingly hack Wang s OIS microcode. He has focused on internet programming since the late 90s. His company, Juniper Webcraft, produces HTML–strict websites featuring accessible, semantic markup, separation of development layers, and intuitive user interfaces. He knows the righteousness of elegant code, the poignancy of living on the bleeding edge of wilderness, the sweet melancholy of mbira music, and the scorching joy of raising twin boys.

Tia Gustaff Rayl is a consultant who does development and training in database and Web technologies. Most recently she has published courseware for XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, and SQL. It comes as no surprise to those who know her that she began her software career with degrees in English and Education from the University of Florida. As is usual for most newcomers to the field, her introduction to computing was maintaining software. She went on to a long–standing career in the software industry in full life cycle system, application, and database development; project management; and training for PC and mainframe environments. In the mid–nineties she worked on early Web–enabled database applications, adding JavaScript to her repertoire. She continues to take on development projects to maintain her code–slinging skills. If she had any spare time (and money) she would go on an around–the–world cruise with her husband and two dogs.

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A large book which is doubled by the CD chapters. But I found it hard to navigate, hard to spot the details I needed. I think the choice of headings and sub-headings is the wrong way round quite often.
Although there is a huge amount of good content there is also a lot of repetition and I found the ordering of the content confusing.
Don't get me wrong, it's good as a reference. But the thing I found most frustrating was to discover that, very often, the content I wanted was on the CD. This means having to get out of bed and put my computer on!
I recommend it as a reference book for JavaScript but keep the CD in your other hand.
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I waited months for the overdue seventh edition and in the end a couple of hours forced me to dump it. It starts in the wrong place and waffles on and on about boring stuff. There might be a few pages of useful tutorial in there but the newbie reader won't find them. The reference pages might have something to offer me in the future but there are searchable sites which do that fine already. As a way to take my JavaScript knowledge and ability further it failed miserably.

I also agree with Andy that even if they deleted the 50% of it which is pointless the structure makes the book almost unusable as a reference tool. If there was a no star rating I'd have used it.
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Great book, easily understood and well written
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3.0 out of 5 stars A WEIGHTY TOME 30 Dec. 2013
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The completeness of this tome hinders its usefulness. As a historical reference to Java Script, it is the most thorough I've seen. It provides many examples of coding for ancient browsers so your app is bullet proof. That's fine, but unnecessary like bringing a buggy whip on your road trips.

As reference guide, it lacks in useability--it's hard to dig through the detailed references to get to the meat of things. There's a DVD that's equally unfriendly as the authors' obsession with copyright protection prevents you from getting to the information unless you use their menus to get to protected pdf documents. They even encrypt the documents so you can't convert them to a more useable format. I actually get more out of a free JS app for my Kindle.

I would not buy this book again. I guess it depends upon what you want, a history book or an easy-to-use reference guide. You don't get both with this offering.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good buy 7 Jan. 2011
By L. Xue - Published on
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If you have to buy one book on javascript, don't buy this one, buy "Javascript: The Definitive Guide" instead. If you have to buy two books, three books, four books...then buy this one(but not before "Pro Javascript Techniques" and "Javascript: The Good Parts".

Those books will teach you the correct way to design and implement javascript programs, something that I am not sure Javascript Bible quite accomplishes. To be sure, Javascript Bible contains the most factual content out of any of the books I just mentioned, but you can get that factual content by searching "mozilla javascript <whatever it is you don't understand/DOM/Canvas/Events>" in Google. For all the facts in Javascript Bible, there's very little opinion about what constitutes a good program. I believe this is a crucial gap: just as there is good English style, there is good Javascript style, and a good introduction to the Javascript language ought to include good style guidelines.

In addition to the lack of style guidelines, much of the book is poorly organized(although, the section on DOM is excellent). XMLHttprequest(the technology behind Ajax) is relegated to a ebook on the attached CDRom, while many pages are wasted discussing antiquated browser compatibility issues(IE 5, really?).It's clear that the authors have been too lazy to keep each revision up to date with the most relevant information, and instead just kept on piling crap on top of crap by overflowing large portions of the book onto a CDRom(If you look at the contents, roughly 600 pages of the book are on CDRom). I bought a book so I could have information on paper!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 April 2017
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Wonderful book
5.0 out of 5 stars JavaScript Bible Rocks!!! 22 Mar. 2014
By Margaret Rosa King - Published on
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Excellent. JavaScript is an excellent method to supplement active pages. I recommend this book as a reference for all web developers
4.0 out of 5 stars would recommend to a friend 31 Aug. 2013
By john ames burke - Published on
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yes. Would recommend it to anyone getting started in programming. Its good starter. And easy to follow the
disk is helpful in starting out.
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