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  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (5 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449393632
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449393632
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.6 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 739,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Raffaele Cecco is a veteran software developer from the European video games industry. He served as Technical Director at London-based software studio King of the Jungle Ltd, where he created software for clients such as Hasbro and Virgin. He has also worked with web technologies and retail e-commerce systems.


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Hmmmm. This book was a bit of mess.

In places, it contains useful tips on using JavaScript and getting the best out of JQuery.

But some of the suggestions are a little bizarre, then quickly swap to a completely different topic. For example, one tip is that if you are currently using a "for" loop in your JavaScript, you could get slightly better performance by simply copying'n'pasting the commands that you're repeating. For example:

Run_Some_Function();
Run_Some_Function();
Run_Some_Function();
Run_Some_Function();
Run_Some_Function();

This is following with a quick look at a graph showing that, actually, this doesn't make much difference - but - hey! - bare it in mind, and then, the author's on to the next topic. And the next. And the next.

It does describe some useful principles, drawing with JQuery Mobile, a bit of HTML 5 Canvas, but overall, the book feels like a collection of slightly-related ideas, thrown together in a book, in the hope that some of them would be useful to a developer. You'll certainly pick up some useful ideas and programming methods, but will need to buy further books to get a real grasp on any of the topics. For example, SVG, which is one of the topics mentioned in the book's title, is summarized in little more than half of a page.
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The best stuff in this book is how to make javascript do basic DOM manipulation at high speed. It nicely uses jQuery for all the convenience parts of the code that don't affect performance, but combines this with pure DOM attribute manipulation for all the animation parts.

It also includes introductions to the html5 canvas, jQuery-UI and other bits and pieces (html5 sockets, google charts etc). But these are just to give you a flavor and point you in the right direction.

Also liked the nice consistent javascript code style that manages to keep pretty complex code manageable and readable. Great to see how basic DOM manipulation can be used to do something as cool as space-invaders game!
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5.0 out of 5 stars supercharge your skills 27 Sept. 2013
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Suppercharged graphics brings a fairly broad topic into a condensed format that the beginer can learn from, the intermediate can expand their knowledge and the advanced can reference. The ouline discribes very well what the book covers. One note for beginers, not to scare them off, you do need to develope a good grasp of quasi classes (javascipt doesnt have classes like other C type languages), callbacks and patterns. Great utility book.
4.0 out of 5 stars So Far So Good 2 May 2013
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I admit that other projects have taken me away from this book for now, but I am impressed with the practical value and the easy style of the author. I hope to get back to it soon. In the meantime, I have played with all the code provided and am anxious to update my website(s) in surprising ways. I will give it more stars when I finish?
3.0 out of 5 stars useful intro 6 Jan. 2015
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A good intro with a few good tricks that you would need to plunge into the depths of stack overflow to find.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Intermediate book 5 Mar. 2014
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Great book for intermediates who have coding knowledge but may be just starting to experiment with the fun stuff. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book 19 Nov. 2012
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I am a software/web developer and I love this book. It is very well written and gets straight to the point of optimizing your javascript not just graphics but general good practice and a few neat little tricks that will come in very handy for you future projects
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