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Overview

"Quigley's book strikes a perfect balance: serious, yet exceptionally accessible. I strongly recommend it to anybody learning JavaScript for the first time."
—Nick Main, software engineer

In JavaScript by Example, Ellie Quigley teaches JavaScript using the same proven approach that's made her the world's favorite scripting author and instructor. This book's unique and classroom-tested learning path contains hundreds of small, easy-to-understand examples that demonstrate the full range of JavaScript's power. One step at a time, Quigley guides new JavaScript programmers through every essential technique, from script setup to advanced DOM and CSS programming.

Coverage includes:

  • Data types, literals, and variables
  • Operators, control structures, and functions
  • Building dialog boxes and working with JavaScript objects using the Browser object: navigator, windows frames, dynamic images, and links
  • Event handling, regular expressions, and form validation
  • The JavaScript Document Object Model (DOM), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and Dynamic HTML

Whether you're a first-time or long-time scripter, a Web professional or sysadmin, Ellie Quigley will help you write rock-solid JavaScripts that get the job done.

The CD-ROM contains HTML versions of Netscape's JavaScript 1.5 Core Reference and JavaScript 1.5 Core Guide PLUS all the source code and data files used in the book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131401624
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 6/20/2003
  • Edition description: Book & CD-ROM
  • Pages: 752
  • Product dimensions: 6.88 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

ELLIE QUIGLEY is author of the best-selling UNIX Shells by Example, Third Edition, the classic Perl By Example, Third Edition and Linux Shells by Example, First Edition. Her proven approach has helped over 100,000 students and professionals master new scripting languages. Quigley's courses in scripting and shell programming at the U.C. Santa Cruz Extension Program and at leading technology companies including Sun Microsystems and Xilinx have become legendary throughout Silicon Valley.

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Preface

After years of teaching scripting languages, I recently decided it was time to try teaching JavaScript, and went on a search for the right book for my students. There were so many JavaScript books on the bookshelves, it was hard to know where to begin. I started buying one at a time, reading and sifting through them, always feeling that something was missing. Like Cinderella's shoe, I couldn't find the right fit. Either the book was too heavy on the technical side, but lacking in pictures and examples, or it was filled with slide shows, rollovers, and scrolling banners, but brief on the technical side. I wanted something that did both, a book that would demonstrate both the technical and the fun elements of JavaScript. I searched and searched, and found many excellent sources, but in the end, I couldn't find the perfect book for my class, so I decided to write my own.

With books and manuals piled high around my computer desk, I weeded through the best and the worst, gleaning out information and beginning to compile my new "By Example" book. I browsed through Internet tutorials and student guides, and studied Web pages, always looking for the best way to get the material across. I even delved into Adobe Photoshop and Macromedia Dreamweaver, while roaming from Maine to San Francisco with my digital camera, snapping pictures that would enhance my examples and add to the colorful side of JavaScript. And after much cutting and pasting, cropping and trimming, testing and trying, a new book has evolved—the one I was looking for. The shoe finally fits!

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction to JavaScript 1
2 Script Setup 15
3 The Building Blocks: Data Types, Literals, and Variables 31
4 Dialog Boxes 47
5 Operators 55
6 Under Certain Conditions 93
7 Functions 111
8 Objects 127
9 JavaScript Core Objects 151
10 The Browser Objects: Navigator, Windows, and Frames 201
11 The Document Objects: Forms, Images, and Links 253
12 Handling Events 351
13 Regular Expressions and Pattern Matching 399
14 Cookies 477
15 Dynamic HTML: Style Sheets, the DOM, and JavaScript 495
A JavaScript Web Resources 581
B HTML Documents: A Basic Introduction 583
C CGI and Perl: They Hyper Dynamic Duo 605
Index 709
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Preface

Preface

After years of teaching scripting languages, I recently decided it was time to try teaching JavaScript, and went on a search for the right book for my students. There were so many JavaScript books on the bookshelves, it was hard to know where to begin. I started buying one at a time, reading and sifting through them, always feeling that something was missing. Like Cinderella's shoe, I couldn't find the right fit. Either the book was too heavy on the technical side, but lacking in pictures and examples, or it was filled with slide shows, rollovers, and scrolling banners, but brief on the technical side. I wanted something that did both, a book that would demonstrate both the technical and the fun elements of JavaScript. I searched and searched, and found many excellent sources, but in the end, I couldn't find the perfect book for my class, so I decided to write my own.

With books and manuals piled high around my computer desk, I weeded through the best and the worst, gleaning out information and beginning to compile my new "By Example" book. I browsed through Internet tutorials and student guides, and studied Web pages, always looking for the best way to get the material across. I even delved into Adobe Photoshop and Macromedia Dreamweaver, while roaming from Maine to San Francisco with my digital camera, snapping pictures that would enhance my examples and add to the colorful side of JavaScript. And after much cutting and pasting, cropping and trimming, testing and trying, a new book has evolved--the one I was looking for. The shoe finally fits!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2003

    Easy coding

    JavaScript is most often used in a browser on the client side. It is a scripting language that can make vanilla HTML pages more interactive. By now it, like HTML, is very stable. And if you design web pages, it is a good addition to your skill set. Being stable and popular means that there is no shortage of books on it. So on what basis should you prefer this book? Well, it takes its title very literally. The pedagogy really does emphasise copious examples. In a typical chapter, the examples take up over half the space. Plus each chapter includes a problem set. Yay! You need to learn by doing. Yet so many computer books omit this. Granted, some topics require so many parts to interoperate that writing problems is nontrivial. But to test JavaScript code, all you need is a browser, text editor and a web server. These days, all computers have the first two items. And, in the context of you wanting to learn JavaScript, you DO have a web server that you can load files onto, don't you? My only quibble is that I wish there were more problems in each chapter. This could take up very little extra room, say a page per chapter. But it would roughly triple the number of problems, and give the reader an even more exhaustive exploration of the topics.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

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    Nice beginner book

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is a beginner and wants to learn Javascript.

    The book starts off with little bit of history about Javascript and then goes about telling
    the features of Javascript. If you are a Java or C# programmer then you can quickly scan and
    skip the first 10 chapters.

    Later the author covers about BOM (Browser Object Model) and DOM (Document Object Model).
    The author also covers about CSS, AJAX and JSON and explained so that even novice can
    understand the concepts clearly.

    There are lot of examples and each example is explained clearly line by line. Also the
    do it yourself exercises at the end of each chapter helps the reader to reinforce his/her
    understanding of the covered topic.

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

    Great%21

    Very+discriptive+and+helpful%0A

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