Murach's JavaScript and DOM Scripting

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Overview

This book teaches web developers how to use JavaScript and DOM scripting to create websites that deliver the fast response times, dynamic user interfaces, and special effects that today's web users expect.

To get you off to a fast start, this book shows you how to develop, test, and debug your first JavaScript applications in the first 3 chapters. Then, it builds on those skills to teach you all the JavaScript features you'll use in professional applications, the way the top developers do. Next, it shows you how to use DOM scripting for the special effects that add to a website's functionality and appeal. Beyond that, it shows you how to create your own event libraries to store reusable code for responding to user actions . . . code that's critical for browser compatibility in handling DOM events. It also shows you how to use third-party JavaScript libraries like jQuery and Dojo that provide browser-compatible, reusable code for functions like animation and data validation . . . a real timesaver on the job. A must-read for any serious web developer.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890774554
  • Publisher: Murach, Mike & Associates, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/31/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 764
  • Sales rank: 274,429
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.67 (d)

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  • Posted October 7, 2009

    Best book on modern-day JavaScript development!

    I've read a ton of books on JavaScript, and Ray Harris' wonderful tome is perhaps THE best modern titles you'll find on the topic. The book is intelligently organized, and written in a concise fashion, with practical examples, delivered with a friendly voice that makes what can often be convoluted or confusing concepts easy to grasp for beginners.

    On that note, the book serves as a valuable refresher for the experienced web developer wanting to get up to speed on current-day concepts or the advanced dev needing best practices in her coding. And like all Murach titles, the book doesn't inundate the reader with useless chapters of the history of the at-hand topic, it just tells you what JavaScript can do for your web applications and shows you the best, most efficient ways to do it.

    In particular, I found Harris' work to have exceptional contributions of several topics: there is excellent coverage of debugging tools & techniques, featuring the latest browsers, plugins, and GUIs. The book has a wonderful discussion of how to use client-side regular expressions. And the chapters on object-oriented programming and DOM scripting are some of the best you'll find. Likewise appreciated are the discussions on JavaScript libraries such as jQuery and Dojo.

    It's truly a holistic look at client-side development.

    So Get out and buy this book.whatever your level, it'll be a welcome addition to your technical library!

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  • Posted November 3, 2009

    Excellent Howto, great examples and pretty good reference.

    I'm an experienced software developer but unfamiliar with Javascript, and this book was an excellent way to learn through example. It's also a pretty good reference for javascript and DOM scripting, plus has some good introductory info on XHTML and CSS. I'm also a software engineer who appreciates and relies on good software tooling to help make code projects comprehensible, and manageable. The chapter on how to test and debug Javascript, showed how to install and set up firebug, and then how to use it to examine, execute and debug javascript applications. That chapter alone is worth the price.

    This book is both a good how to manual (Nearly all the chapters start with "How to"), but is a great reference, with a 1 page brief contents and then a 10 page detailed table of contents.

    This book is also not only a book on learning Javascript and DOM scripting, but also ensures that the reader learns the vital peripheral technologies alike XTHML and CSS, by taking the reader through the development of several interesting and useful applications over it's 20 chapters.

    This is my second Murach book and is also excellent. I highly recommend it.

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