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This book will cover the new powerful functionality JavaScript will gain with the release of fifth generation revisions of Internet Esxplorer and Netscape Communicator. The Gold Bible, will feature essential new JavaScript information, additional ready-to-use JavaScript applications and scores of additional JavaScript and Web page routines. This book will bring programmmers and non-technical professionals, including casual programmmers and scripters, painlessly up to speed on all aspects of mastering JavaScript. Key topics include programming fundamentals, JavaScript language elements and how to use them effectively, plus how to easily and efficiently add powerful new functionality to HTML documents and Java applets.
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The author covers the basics of document objects and forms, control structures, functions, operators, Java applets, the differences between Netscape and Microsoft's implementations of JavaScript, cross- browser dynamic HTML applications, and debugging tools. Includes beginning and advanced tutorials, and appends answers to the tutorial exercises as well as a list of JavaScript Internet resources. The CD- ROM contains the complete JavaScript for the examples in the book and seven additional chapters with working applications, including calendars, forms, graphics, intelligent flags, and a decision helper. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470526910
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/9/2010
  • Series: Bible Series , #619
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 1224
  • Sales rank: 937,781
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Danny Goodman has been an active participant on the editorial side of the personal computer and consumer electronics revolutions since the late 1970s. His articles in the field have appeared in some of the most prestigious general audience publications and he has written dozens of feature articles for leading computer publications, such as PC Magazine, PC World, Macworld, and MacUser. He is currently a monthly columnist for Netscape Communication's online developer newsletter, View Source.

Danny is also the author of more than two dozen books on computing and information superhighway technologies. The Complete HyperCard Handbook, published by Bantam Books in August 1987, claimed honors as the bestselling Macintosh book and fastest selling computer book in the history of the industry. That book is now in its fourth edition and has been translated into more than a half-dozen languages. His HyperCard Handbook and HyperCard Developer's Guide have both received Best Product-Specific Book awards from the Computer Press Association (1987 and 1988, respectively). Danny Goodman's Macintosh Handbook (1993), a radical departure from traditional computer books, won Danny's third CPA award.

To keep up to date on the needs of World Wide Web developers for his recent books and Netscape articles, Danny is also a programming and design consultant to some of the industry's top intranet application development groups.

Danny, 47, was born in Chicago, Illinois. He earned a B.A. and M.A. in classical antiquity from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He moved to California in 1983 and now lives in a small San Francisco area coastal community, where he alternates views between computer screens and the Pacific Ocean.

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For nearly 20 years, I have written the books I wished had already been written to help me learn or use a new technology. Whenever possible, I like to get in at the very beginning of a new authoring or programming environment, feel the growing pains, and share with readers the solutions to my struggles. This fourth edition of the JavaScript Bible represents knowledge and experience accumulated over five years of daily work in JavaScript and a constant monitoring of newsgroups for questions, problems, and challenges facing scripters at all levels. My goal is to help you avoid the same frustration and head scratching I and others have experienced through multiple generations of scriptable browsers.

While previous editions of this book focused on the then predominant Netscape Navigator browser, the swing of the browser market share pendulum currently favors Microsoft Internet Explorer. At the same time, Netscape has accomplished the admirable task of reinventing its own browser in light of rapidly advancing industry standards. As a result of both of these trends, this massively revised and expanded fourth edition treats both brands of browsers as equals as far as scripters are concerned. You hear my praise and dismay at various scripting features of both browser families. But empowering you to design and write good scripts is my passion, regardless of browser. Therefore, the book contains details about proprietary and standard implementations to equip you to choose the development path that best fits your content's audience. If you detect any bias of mine throughout this book, it is a desire, where possible, to write scripts that work on as many browsers as possible.

Organization and Features of This Edition

Because of the greatly expanded range of vocabularies that scripts may use in the latest browser versions, the biggest change to the structure of the book is in the reference portion. In this edition, you find a greater distinction between the document object model and core JavaScript language reference sections. This new division should help those readers who are primarily interested in only the JavaScript language (for use in other applications) find what they need more quickly. Here are some details about the book's structure.
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Table of Contents

Pt. I Getting Started with JavaScript 1
Ch. 1 JavaScript's Role in the World Wide Web and Beyond 3
Ch. 2 Authoring Challenges Amid the Browser Wars 9
Ch. 3 Your First JavaScript Script 17
Pt. II JavaScript Tutorial 25
Ch. 4 Browser and Document Objects 27
Ch. 5 Scripts and HTML Documents 47
Ch. 6 Programming Fundamentals, Part I 59
Ch. 7 Programming Fundamentals, Part II 69
Ch. 8 Window and Document Objects 83
Ch. 9 Forms and Form Elements 97
Ch. 10 Strings, Math, and Dates 111
Ch. 11 Scripting Frames and Multiple Windows 121
Ch. 12 Images and Dynamic HTML 131
Pt. III Document Objects Reference 141
Ch. 13 JavaScript Essentials 143
Ch. 14 Document Object Model Essentials 163
Ch. 15 Generic HTML Element Objects 201
Ch. 16 Window and Frame Objects 359
Ch. 17 Location and History Objects 485
Ch. 18 The Document and Body Objects 509
Ch. 19 Link and Anchor Objects 591
Ch. 20 Image, Area, and Map Objects 601
Ch. 21 The Form and Related Objects 629
Ch. 22 Button Objects 651
Ch. 23 Text-Related Form Objects 673
Ch. 24 Select, Option, and FileUpload Objects 695
Ch. 25 Event Objects 719
Ch. 26 Style Sheet and Style Objects 793
Pt. IV JavaScript Core Language Reference 847
Ch. 27 The String Object 849
Ch. 28 The Math, Number, and Boolean Objects 877
Ch. 29 The Date Object 891
Ch. 30 The Array Object 909
Ch. 31 Control Structures and Exception Handling 931
Ch. 32 JavaScript Operators 961
Ch. 33 Functions and Custom Objects 981
Ch. 34 Global Functions and Statements 1009
Ch. 35 Body Text Objects 1023
Pt. V Appendixes 1105
App. A JavaScript and Browser Object Quick Reference 1107
App. B JavaScript Reserved Words 1121
App. C Answers to Tutorial Exercises 1123
App. D JavaScript and DOM Internet Resources 1139
App. E What's on the CD-ROM 1143
Index 1147
End-User License Agreement 1243
Pt. VI Bonus Chapters On the CD-ROM
Ch. 36 HTML Directive Objects
Ch. 37 Table and List Objects
Ch. 38 The Navigator and Other Environment Objects
Ch. 39 Positioned Objects
Ch. 40 Embedded Objects
Ch. 41 XML Objects
Ch. 42 The Regular Expression and RegExp Objects
Ch. 43 Data-Entry Validation
Ch. 44 Scripting Java Applets and Plug-Ins
Ch. 45 Debugging Scripts
Ch. 46 Security and Netscape Signed Scripts
Ch. 47 Cross-Browser Dynamic HTML Issues
Ch. 48 Internet Explorer Behaviors
Ch. 49 Application: Tables and Calendars
Ch. 50 Application: A Lookup Table
Ch. 51 Application: A "Poor Man's" Order Form
Ch. 52 Application: Outline-Style Table of Contents
Ch. 53 Application: Calculations and Graphics
Ch. 54 Application: Intelligent "Updated" Flags
Ch. 55 Application: Decision Helper
Ch. 56 Application: Cross-Browser DHTML Map Puzzle
Ch. 57 Application: Transforming XML Data
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    No CD-ROM in e-book!?

    The print version of this book ships with a CD-ROM which includes several chapters not included in the text. In addition, the CD is supposed to have lots of sample scripts and other materials referred to in the book. This is not just a "bonus", it is essential to using this book. Where is the digital equivalent of the CD? Without it, much of this book is worthless.

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  • Posted January 19, 2011

    "indoo" worst Customer Service I have ever had

    Ordered this book back on 19 Dec 2010, they shipped the wrong book on 22 Dec 2010. Asked for someone to call me about three weeks ago, but to this day even with me asking four time and giving them a number that I'm at 24/7 they have refused to call with no explaination. I do not know at this time if they are even going to ship me the book I ordered. They do not seem to understand simple English. I have stated a number of times that I still want the book I ordered. I was forced to return the book they sent in it's original package marked as "Return to Sender" because they were so slow in giving return instructions. I am sorry, but I will not pay to return a book that I did not order when the seller takes so long to give instructions for the return. THey also didn't mention that they would reimburse the return cost until three days after I had put in in the mail as mentioned above. All I can do is hope that I get the book I ordered or that they refund my money, But I want the book. At this point I wish that I could set my rating as ZERO STARS, but the system will not allow that.

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    Posted March 24, 2012

    Re: "indoo"

    Better get this version then! It comes in instantly.

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