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Best book for jaja script

Posted on 2000-02-20
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Suggest me some books that could help me in learning java script from begining to mastering the advanced topics
Question by:chikersal
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ID: 2539904
I suggest not buying a book at all.  Rather, I would read books that are on-line.  They are free and the book on-line is just like the hard copy book.  To find them go to http://www.informit.com .  Then do a search on javascript.  Any of the books their are good books to read.  If you want to buy a book I found the books by Laura LeMay, Teach Yourself JavaScript very good.

Another thing to do is download the JavaScript v1.3 Reference from Netscape's site at http://developer.netscape.com/docs/manuals/js/client/jsref/index.htm .  They also have a lot of other good reading material there as well.  Look at http://developer.netscape.com/docs/manuals/ and click on JavaScript.


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ID: 2540944
I agree that online is a great way to learn JS (and other technologies), and I would second tec's suggestions.

As far as a book goes, I have found the O'Reilly "JavaScript, The Definitive Guide" to be a very good teaching and reference guide.  I have the 2nd edition.  The current one is the 3rd edition, and I am told it is not quite as good as the 2nd, but it does cover the newest release.



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ID: 2541447
I learned most of my Javascript skills by borrowing the public library's copy of Netscape Javascript 1.2. I don't know how good this is compared to others, my local library is a bit lacking in the computer documentation section.

Supplement your reading with lots of practise, read resources on the 'net (see above),  and, of course, take people's code off their webpages (click View > Source) and play with it until you get the hang of it.

And ask lots of questions at EE. :)
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ID: 2544171
Hi, Chikersal!

I personally prefer books. I learned HTML from a book five years ago and I have my own Web development firm, specializing in nonprofits. (I will never make much money, but the work is rewarding). :-)

O'Reilly's reference book is a great reference if you already KNOW JavaScript, but it is intimidating and expensive if you do not.

I suggest five books, which you can look over at your local book store:

1. JAVASCRIPT BIBLE, by John Goodman.

2. HTML: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE (covers HTML 4 and is a nice introduction to JavaScript)

3. DESIGNING WITH JAVASCRIPT: CREATING DYNAMIC WEB PAGES, by Nick Heinle (a nice "recipe book," so you can actually implement JavaScript code AND learn at the same time)

4. JAVASCRIPT FOR THE WORLD WIDE WEB (Visual QuickStart Guide), by Tom Negrino and Dori Smith. (Make sure you get the new, third edition, which is expanded; like Nicke Heinle's book, it gives you the instant gratification of putting JavaScript on your Web pages NOW, while still letting you learn JavaScript.)

5. JAVASCRIPT GOODIES, by Joe Burns and Andree Growney (a step-by-step tutorial and certainly not overwhelming)

O'Reilly's books are uniformly good, although a few have disappointed me. The reviews I have seen for JAVASCRIPT GOODIES, THE JAVASCRIPT BIBLE, and DESIGNING WITH JAVASCRIPT have all been good. but another title may suit you better personally.

I have all of the books I am suggesting. I suggest you visit a book store and look through each title, to find the one which suits your style of learning and level of expertise.

Also, I do agree there are many fine JavaScript sites on the Web which are libraries from which you may freely download code. Please do take advantage of these resources.

As I say, for LEARNING JavaScript or any computer skill, I prefer a book, which requires no electricity and is available whether your computer is turned on or not. ;-) The Web, however, is an excellent resource.

Good luck!


David Dickerson

P.S. -- When testing your JavaScript, please try to use the major browsers on both the Macintosh and Windows platforms. I have a Power Macintosh running Mac OS 9 (my Web development computer), a PC running Windows 98, and a PC running Windows NT 4 Workstation (Service Pack 6).

If you are developing HTML/JavaScript on the Mac, I recommend BBEdit. For Windows, I have just started using WebScripter 3.1, which is not only a great HTML text editor, but MADE with JavaScript in mind. (Please let me know if you need URLs for either of these products.)

Expert Comment

ID: 2545041
Or just use notepad.

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ID: 2570684
FWIW, Rajko's proposed answer is THE SAME BOOK I proposed in the second comment in this thread!


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Damned point fiends...

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