JavaScript For Dummies Quick Reference

Overview

Tucking a few JavaScript statements in among the HTML code that makes up your Web pages makes a dramatic difference. Enhanced, more interactive navigation buttons, user input validation, and scrolling messages are but a few of the improvements that you can make with JavaScript.

Now, with JavaScript For Dummies Quick Reference, all the JavaScript statements and examples of how to use them are right at your fingertips. Internet technology expert Emily A. Vander Veer not only ...

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Overview

Tucking a few JavaScript statements in among the HTML code that makes up your Web pages makes a dramatic difference. Enhanced, more interactive navigation buttons, user input validation, and scrolling messages are but a few of the improvements that you can make with JavaScript.

Now, with JavaScript For Dummies Quick Reference, all the JavaScript statements and examples of how to use them are right at your fingertips. Internet technology expert Emily A. Vander Veer not only organizes all the relevant HTML and JavaScript topics for easy access but also points out potential pitfalls, offers neat tricks, and provides complete code for doing such things as interacting with cookies, displaying pop-up messages, and making your script compatible with JavaScript-challenged Web browsers.

Best of all, JavaScript For Dummies Quick Reference features handy cross-references to topics covered in greater depth in JavaScript For Dummies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764501128
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/3/1997
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 469,968
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Emily A. Vander Veer has written several Internet-related books, including IDG Books' JavaScript For Dummies and JavaBeans For Dummies. Her work has appeared in numerous online and print publications including Byte, CNET, Object Magazine, and WEBTechniques.
Emily resides in the hill country of Austin, Texas, where she lives with her husband, Clay (a jazz guitarist nonpareil), and her two-pound pooches, Lochlan and Ceilidh. When she's not hard at work at her keyboard, Emily enjoys traveling, both in the U.S. and abroad.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: How to Use This Book.

Relating JavaScript to the World Wide Web.

The Internet.

The World Wide Web.

JavaScript the Magnificent.

Finding Exactly What You're Looking for in This Book.

Understanding the Conventions Used in This Book.

Figuring Out What the Icons Mean.

Where to Go from Here.

Part I: First Things First: Creating HTML Objects to Work within JavaScript.

Part II: JavaScript Basics.

Part III: HTML Objects: The Heart of It All.

Part IV: Data Types: Building Basic JavaScript Objects.

Part V: Functions.

Part VI: Methods: How an Object Behaves.

Part VII: Properties (Object Data).

Part VIII: Event Handlers.

Part IX: Cool Things You Can Do with JavaScript.

Appendix A: Reserved Words.

Appendix B: Color Values.

Glossary: Techie Talk.

Index.

Reader Response Card.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2001

    JavaScript for EXPERTS

    I am a big 'Dummies' book fan. I got my A+ certification off of 'A+ Ceritfication for Dummies' and I learned most of my HTML from 'HTML 4 for Dummies'. Needless to say, when I picked up 'Javascript for Dummies Quick Ref' I grabbed it thinking, hey, this is just going to be an annotated version of the full book. Wrong! Although the book is fairly exhaustive in defining terms and events, it is very vague on examples of implementation. For a 'Dummy' like myself, object variables, event handlers and everything else is great on concept and poor on practicality. You are expected to know Javascript and use this a s a 'flip-card' more or less. 2 Stars. Should not be a 'Dummies' book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2000

    Executes its 'function(qckRef)' perfectly.

    This book receives a four-star because it enacted its purpose, which was to provide a quick reference, quite well. IT IS NOT FOR BEGINNERS. This book does not teach how to use JavaScript code, it lists the code properties, methods, and other tids and bits a programmer can 'string' together. However, it is not only for the most advanced programmer either - really it was, unfortunately, not extremely detailed into advanced JavaScript use. It can be used by intermediate programmers as well because it provides examples of how the code can be utilized. The book expects the reader to have considerable knowledge of HTML also; although, it did contain some useful, albeit watered-down, info on HTML forms. The only thing that kept it from a five-star rating was that its examples were too scarce and often useless, but otherwise, if you have a limited memory like me and need a REFERENCE which you can turn to, this is the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2000

    Hmmm well...

    This book is okay i guess. When i first picked it up and started trying out some browser scripting it was quite helpful at pointing me in the right direction. As my project progressed, however, and I started trying to do some more complicated things the book pretty much leaves you in the dark and what they tell you often raises more questions rather than providing answers. The main problem is the incomplete description of jscript's object model. They seem to be rather complete in covering most objects, properties, methods and event handlers but its often difficult to figure out how to use them. They offer few suggestions for many of them and the examples in this section are generally poor. At least one I know of is totally incorrect. I often had to guess at some properties of objects that i could influence by looking at an HTML reference. Its not really a 'why' type of book geared towards people with programming experience(it may just frustrate you!), but more of a book where people are supposed to parrot their examples of commonly desired features. I guess you can't really expect a robust book if it has 'for dummies' on the cover though...

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