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#ActualSerapth

Posted 03 February 2013 - 05:16 PM

I recommend a tandem of books, for a variety of reasons I describe in detail in this review.

 

The first ( chronologically as well as order wise ) is JavaScript: The Definitive Guide.

 

That book is pretty much all you need.  It's timely, goes into a good amount of detail, is well written and comprehensive.  It goes into DOM programming, but isn't overwhelmed by it, like most JavaScript books tend to be.

 

 

The second is JavaScript: The Good Parts.

 

Half of this book is awful, the author is an arrogant prick and the examples are overly complex for the sake of making the author feel good.  It's an extremely short book, a few hundred pages, and like I said, half of it was crap.

 

Why then recommend it?  Because the other half will teach you more about JavaScript than a dozen other books combined.  It is as close as JavaScript has to Effective C++, one of the best computer texts ever written.  

 

 

Both of these suggestions are assuming your end goal is to use JavaScript to make games or applications.  If you are setting out to learn jQuery for example, thats a completely different fish.


#3Serapth

Posted 03 February 2013 - 05:14 PM

I recommend a tandem of books, for a variety of reasons I describe in detail in this review.

 

The first ( chronologically as well as order wise ) is JavaScript: The Definitive Guide.

 

That book is pretty much all you need.  It's timely, goes into a good amount of detail, is well written and comprehensive.  It goes into DOM programming, but isn't overwhelmed by it, like most JavaScript books tend to be.

 

 

The second is JavaScript: The Good Parts.

 

Half of this book is awful, the author is an arrogant prick and the examples are overly complex for the sake of making the author feel good.  It's an extremely short book, a few hundred pages, and like I said, half of it was crap.

 

Why then recommend it?  Because the other half will teach you more about JavaScript than a dozen other books combined.  It is as close as JavaScript has to Effective C++, one of the best computer texts ever written.  


#2Serapth

Posted 03 February 2013 - 05:14 PM

I recommend a tandem of books, for a variety of reasons I describe in detail in this review.

 

The first ( chronologically as well as order wise ) is JavaScript: The definitive Guide.

 

That book is pretty much all you need.  It's timely, goes into a good amount of detail, is well written and comprehensive.  It goes into DOM programming, but isn't overwhelmed by it, like most JavaScript books tend to be.

 

 

The second is JavaScript: The Good Parts.

 

Half of this book is awful, the author is an arrogant prick and the examples are overly complex for the sake of making the author feel good.  It's an extremely short book, a few hundred pages, and like I said, half of it was crap.

 

Why then recommend it?  Because the other half will teach you more about JavaScript than a dozen other books combined.  It is as close as JavaScript has to Effective C++, one of the best computer texts ever written.  


#1Serapth

Posted 03 February 2013 - 05:13 PM

I recommend a tandem of books, for a variety of reasons I describe in detail in this review.

 

The first ( chronologically as well as order wise ) is JavaScript: The definitive Guide.

 

That book is pretty much all you need.  It's timely, goes into a good amount of detail, is well written and comprehensive.

 

 

The second is JavaScript: The Good Parts.

 

Half of this book is awful, the author is an arrogant prick and the examples are overly complex for the sake of making the author feel good.  It's an extremely short book, a few hundred pages, and like I said, half of it was crap.

 

Why then recommend it?  Because the other half will teach you more about JavaScript than a dozen other books combined.  It is as close as JavaScript has to Effective C++, one of the best computer texts ever written.  


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