Speaking JavaScript

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Like it or not, JavaScript is everywhere these days—from browser to server to mobile—and now you, too, need to learn the language or dive deeper than you have. This concise book guides you into and through JavaScript, written by a veteran programmer who once found himself in the same position.

Speaking JavaScript helps you approach the language with four standalone sections. First, a quick-start guide teaches you just enough of the language to help you be productive right away. ...

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Overview

Like it or not, JavaScript is everywhere these days—from browser to server to mobile—and now you, too, need to learn the language or dive deeper than you have. This concise book guides you into and through JavaScript, written by a veteran programmer who once found himself in the same position.

Speaking JavaScript helps you approach the language with four standalone sections. First, a quick-start guide teaches you just enough of the language to help you be productive right away. More experienced JavaScript programmers will find a complete and easy-to-read reference that covers each language feature in depth. Complete contents include:

  • JavaScript quick start: Familiar with object-oriented programming? This part helps you learn JavaScript quickly and properly.
  • JavaScript in depth: Learn details of ECMAScript 5, from syntax, variables, functions, and object-oriented programming to regular expressions and JSON with lots of examples. Pick a topic and jump in.
  • Background: Understand JavaScript’s history and its relationship with other programming languages.
  • Tips, tools, and libraries: Survey existing style guides, best practices, advanced techniques, module systems, package managers, build tools, and learning resources.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449365035
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/21/2014
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 460
  • Sales rank: 376,142
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Axel Rauschmayer specializes in JavaScript and web technologies. He blogs at 2ality.com, teaches web development for ecmanauten.de, edits JavaScript Weekly and organizes Munich’s JavaScript user group (munichjs.de). Axel has been programming since 1985, developing web applications since 1995 and held his first talk on Ajax in 2006. In 1999, he was technical manager at a German internet startup that later expanded internationally. He has done extensive research into programming language design and has followed the state and future of JavaScript since its creation.

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  • Posted April 26, 2014

    I got the nook book for $11.49 and since it was a 2014 book, I t

    I got the nook book for $11.49 and since it was a 2014 book, I thought it should be up to date. Lucky for me, this book turned out to be a gem. Javascript is a language that has changed so much overtime that it is hard to know which book to pick nowadays. I ended up getting another book for Scope and Closures that was more of an exercise of what the compiler was doing internally more than practical info, and the supposed bible by Flanagan (the Rhino book) is from 2011.

    So what you get with this one is a full no-bs approach on how to get things done real quickly, and especially telling you that there are some things you should avoid. Then in another section there is more in depth stuff if you have more time, and it also has another section where it tells you how the language evolved over time. To me this was a really easy and fast way to get up to speed for my job, and I also realized we could improve some of our code right away.

    Highly recommended if you are, say an experienced PHP programmer looking to improve your javascript skills by a lot.

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