JavaScript Cookbook [NOOK Book]

Overview

Why reinvent the wheel every time you run into a problem with JavaScript? This cookbook is chock-full of code recipes that address common programming tasks, as well as techniques for building web apps that work in any browser. Just copy and paste the code samples into your project -- you’ll get the job done faster and learn more about JavaScript in the process.

You'll also learn how to take advantage of the latest features in ECMAScript 5 and ...

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JavaScript Cookbook

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Overview

Why reinvent the wheel every time you run into a problem with JavaScript? This cookbook is chock-full of code recipes that address common programming tasks, as well as techniques for building web apps that work in any browser. Just copy and paste the code samples into your project -- you’ll get the job done faster and learn more about JavaScript in the process.

You'll also learn how to take advantage of the latest features in ECMAScript 5 and HTML5, including the new cross-domain widget communication technique, HTML5's video and audio elements, and the drawing canvas. You'll find recipes for using these features with JavaScript to build high-quality application interfaces.

  • Create interactive web and desktop applications
  • Work with JavaScript objects, such as String, Array, Number, and Math
  • Use JavaScript with Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) and the canvas element
  • Store data in various ways, from the simple to the complex
  • Program the new HTML5 audio and video elements
  • Implement concurrent programming with Web Workers
  • Use and create jQuery plug-ins
  • Use ARIA and JavaScript to create fully accessible rich internet applications
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449395926
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/7/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 554
  • Sales rank: 501,265
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

Shelley Powers has been working with, and writing about, web technologies—from the first release of JavaScript to the latest graphics and design tools—for more than 12 years. Her recent O'Reilly books have covered the semantic web, Ajax, JavaScript, and web graphics. She's an avid amateur photographer and web development aficionado, who enjoys applying her latest experiments on her many web sites.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1: Working with JavaScript Strings

Chapter 2: Using Regular Expressions

Chapter 3: Dates, Time, and Timers

Chapter 4: Working with Numbers and Math

Chapter 5: Working with Arrays and Loops

Chapter 6: Building Reusability with JavaScript Functions

Chapter 7: Handling Events

Chapter 8: Browser Pieces

Chapter 9: Form Elements and Validation

Chapter 10: Debugging and Error Handling

Chapter 11: Accessing Page Elements

Chapter 12: Creating and Removing Elements and Attributes

Chapter 13: Working with Web Page Spaces

Chapter 14: Creating Interactive and Accessible Effects with JavaScript, CSS, and ARIA

Chapter 15: Creating Media Rich and Interactive Applications

Chapter 16: JavaScript Objects

Chapter 17: JavaScript Libraries

Chapter 18: Communication

Chapter 19: Working with Structured Data

Chapter 20: Persistence

Chapter 21: JavaScript Outside the Box

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  • Posted September 21, 2010

    Well-constructed with forward looks to HTML5

    I have enjoyed other cookbooks in the O'Reilly library of computer texts, so when I saw JavaScript Cookbook by Shelley Powers in the catalog, I jumped at it. The description mentioned that the book would cover HTML5 and ECMAScript 5, so I really wanted to learn the new capabilities of both. I did get to learn a lot, but I wonder if these new features are too new. Like other cookbooks in the O'Reilly library, this one is organized as a series of specific problems, with their solutions neatly presented and grouped into the major chapters. Each solution has a discussion to flesh out the details. The website has downloadable copies of the examples in the book, which I used to test out the various recipes. ECMAScript 5 is fairly new, and HTML5 is still under development, so I made sure I had the latest stable versions of the major browsers (Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari) to see how they would cope. The HTML5 features are very sparsely supported as of yet, so those portions of the book should be considered more of a sampling of things to come rather than a definitive set of solutions. They start out easily enough with recipes for handling JavaScript strings. However, the discussion of String objects and literals obviously implies that the reader is already somewhat familiar with Object terminology and functionality. That makes this book unsuitable for beginners. While much of the book is applicable to today's browsers, there is a lot of coverage of the new capabilities made available in the new HTML5 specifications. Unfortunately, most browsers either do not support, or only partially support these features, so the information is only useful as a "taste of things to come". As I step back and reflect on this book, I think that many topics are solutions that cannot be implemented because the typically available browsers don't support the new features yet. If a web page designer wants their site to be available to users now, they need to focus on the features that are well entrenched across the internet. Having so many solutions based on features and capabilities that are still being defined is only useful as academic exercises. I would have preferred that the JavaScript Cookbook be more useful for the state of the web right now. That is why I'm rating it only 3 out of 5.

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