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The Definitive JavaScript Resource. Complete coverage of the W3C DOM2 standard

Build dynamic, cross-browser Web pages using JavaScript--the premier client-side scripting language in use today on the Web. First learn the basics of the language, then combine syntax and theory to develop practical applications--create a variety of windows including special dialogs, use the W3C Document Object Model (DOM) 2 to manipulate (X)HTML documents, add sizzle to your pages with special effects, and improve usability. With full coverage of advanced topics such as using embedded objects and remote JavaScript, this is the ultimate resource for beginning and advanced users alike.

  • Learn core language features such as data types, objects, and regular expressions
  • Manipulate (X)HTML and XML documents using the W3C DOM 2
  • Take advantage of the standard event models in DOM 2 for robust event handling
  • Control windows and frames with the Windows object
  • Validate forms before sending them to server-side programs
  • Add dynamic effects to Web pages, such as rollovers and animation
  • Extend JavaScript’s capabilities using embedded multimedia objects
  • Interact with servers on the Internet using remote JavaScript
  • Understand JavaScript security policies
  • Troubleshoot and debug your JavaScript programs

Thomas Powell, lecturer for UCSD, is the author of HTML& XHTML: The Complete Reference and Web Design: The Complete Reference. He is president and founder of PINT, a Web site design and development firm. Fritz Schneider is a software engineer at Google who where he works on both client- and server-side Web applications. He is an experienced teacher of Web technologies and co-author of How to Do Everything with Google.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072253573
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Series: Osborne Complete Reference Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 976
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Powell (San Diego, CA) is a well-known author and educator in Web design and development. He is a lecturer for the University of California, San Diego Computer Science Department and the developer of the UCSD Extension Web Publishing Certificate program. He has been teaching classes in JavaScript, HTML, and Web design for more than four years. He is the author of the best-selling HTML: The Complete Reference and Web Design: The Complete Reference. Powell is also the President and founder of PINT (, a Web site design and development firm.

Fritz Schneider (San Diego, CA) is a software engineer with While there he has designed and implemented a variety of Apache modules, written CGI scripts, implemented a Web-based customer email service, and created and maintained a large number of internal and public Web pages. He has been a teaching assistant in Web programming and computer science classes at both UCSD and Columbia University.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Introduction
1 Introduction to JavaScript 3
2 JavaScript core features - overview 23
Pt. II Core language
3 Data types and variables 47
4 Operators, expressions, and statements 75
5 Functions 111
6 Objects 133
7 Array, date, math, and type-related objects 159
8 Regular expressions 191
Pt. III Fundamental client-side JavaScript
9 JavaScript object models 221
10 The standard document object model 249
11 Event handling 297
Pt. IV Using JavaScript
12 Controlling Windows and frames 347
13 Handling documents 385
14 Form handling 417
15 Dynamic effects : rollovers, positioning, and animation 463
16 Navigation and site visit improvements 505
17 Browser and capabilities detection 535
Pt. V Advanced topics
18 JavaScript and embedded objects 557
19 Remote JavaScript 581
20 JavaScript and XML 603
Pt. VI Real world JavaScript
21 Browser-specific extensions and considerations 641
22 JavaScript security 679
23 JavaScript programming practices 695
Pt. VII Appendixes
A Core syntax quick reference 729
B JavaScript object reference 753
C JavaScript reserved words 915
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