Beginning JavaScript with DOM Scripting and Ajax: From Novice to Professional

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JavaScript is one of the most important technologies on the web. It provides the means to add dynamic functionality to your web pages and serves as the backbone of Ajax-style web development. Beginning JavaScript with DOM Scripting and Ajax is an essential guide for modern JavaScript programming; it’s practical but comprehensive. It covers everything you need to know to get up to speed with JavaScript development and add dynamic enhancements to web pages and program Ajax-style ...

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Overview

JavaScript is one of the most important technologies on the web. It provides the means to add dynamic functionality to your web pages and serves as the backbone of Ajax-style web development. Beginning JavaScript with DOM Scripting and Ajax is an essential guide for modern JavaScript programming; it’s practical but comprehensive. It covers everything you need to know to get up to speed with JavaScript development and add dynamic enhancements to web pages and program Ajax-style applications.

Experienced web developer Christian Heilmann begins gently by giving you an overview of JavaScriptits syntax, good coding practices, and the principles of DOM scripting. Then he builds up your JavaScript toolkit, covering dynamically manipulating markup, changing page styling on the fly using the CSS DOM, validating forms, dealing with images, and much more. Then he takes you to advanced territory, with a complete case study illustrating how many new JavaScript techniques can work together, plus a great introduction to Ajax development.

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Meet the Author

Christian Heilmann grew up in Germany and, after a year working with people with disabilities through the Red Cross, he spent a year as a radio producer. Beginning in 1997, he worked for several agencies in Munich as a web developer. In 2000, he moved to the U.S. to work for eToys and, after the dot-com crash, he moved to the U.K., where he currently works as a lead developer for Agilisys. He publishes an almost-daily blog at http://wait-till-i.com and runs an article repository at http://icant.co.uk. He is a member of the Web Standards Project's DOM Scripting Task Force.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Getting started with JavaScript 1
Ch. 2 Data and decisions 17
Ch. 3 From DHTML to DOM scripting 61
Ch. 4 HTML and JavaScript 85
Ch. 5 Presentation and behavior (CSS and event handling) 123
Ch. 6 Common uses of JavaScript : images and windows 183
Ch. 7 JavaScript and user interaction : navigation and forms 241
Ch. 8 Back-end interaction with Ajax 299
Ch. 9 Data validation techniques 343
Ch. 10 Modern JavaScript case study : a dynamic gallery 387
Ch. 11 Using third-party JavaScript 415
App Debugging JavaScript 451
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2007

    How did you get here.

    I was ok until chapter 5 and then the bottom dropped out from under me. I am not sure, even after repeated readings, what is going on. He shows links on example web pages to javascript code, that when clicked give an error. I contacted him as to why this was and he said you can't directly click links to .js files. Well then why the heck put such links in the examples? This wasted a bunch of my time trying to figure this out. I just never could get on track with this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2010

    Not so good!

    I'd have to agree with the other negative review, he lost me in chapter 5, the book goes downhill from that section forward.

    There's too many typographical errors in the code examples in the book, it's terrible for a beginner to try out the examples only to see they don't work.

    While the code examples downloaded from the book website are almost all correct, the errors in the text detract from the book's effectiveness as once you've hit a few, the remaining examples can't be trusted.

    There's too many "Notes" sections that provide more information than a beginner needs, the author needs to get down off the soapbox and get down to the code!

    I ditched this book in favor of the Wrox book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2006

    What a pleasant surprise!

    What a pleasant surprise, amongst a development landscape full of JavaScript libraries to actually find: Beginning JavaScript with DOM Scripting and Ajax by Christian Heilmann. To state it boldly, this is the JavaScript book we have all been waiting for (though, John Resig and Jonathan Snook both have books coming). Why? Because the author actually uses modern object oriented (Object Literal) coding principles in the books examples. As well, the book has a progressive enhancement mindset, and explains the difference between several implementations of the same functionality, based on accessibility. All of this is done without the use of a JavaScript library! However, in a way the author provides his own little library of helper functions, which is certainly more digestible than Prototype, Dojo, YUI or jQuery. The author even dedicates the last chapter to third-party examples, which demonstrates the usage of the YUI and jQuery JavaScript libraries. Anyone trying to bridge the gap between CSS, HTML and JavaScript will not be disappointed with this read. It should be stated however, that the term ¿Beginning¿ in the title of this book is a little misleading. I would not recommend this book to a beginner. It¿s a fast-paced book, spending most of the time in the trenches of JavaScript implementation (code examples). If you are a beginner, build a foundational understanding of the language before you take on this book. If you¿re looking for a great book to compliment this one, I would recommend the SitePoint book DHTML Utopia.

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