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Learning Javascript and Ajax

By   |  April 24, 2007

Learning Javascript
Author: Shelley Powers
Publisher: O’Reilly
Book supplied by Intersoft

There was a time when Javascript was something you studied to add a couple of flashy features to your webpages: rollovers, pop-up boxes and the like. In most cases they were clunky, ugly and most often unsupported by browsers.

Today, however, Javascript is a integral part of the next generation of the Internet, or what those in the know call Web 2.0. Javascript is at the heart of Ajax (Asynchronous Javascript and XML) the combination of technologies that make web pages not only attractive but also faster, more configurable and interactive.

The title Learning Javascript suggests this book is aimed at beginner programmers, which it very clearly is not. It may well be an introductory level book for seasoned scripters who have a good base of knowledge, but if acronyms like XHTML and the like make you nervous, this is not the right book for you.

Having said that Learning Javascript is a great way to learn the real nuts and bolts of Javascript if you’re looking to upgrade your skills and put your website on a new trajectory. Rather than just focusing on how to make the nice-to-haves, the book delves into the real mechanics of creating good quality (and standards-compliant XHTML) Javascript code.

The book covers everything from the basics (data types and variables) to browser objects, Ajax, the document object model and web services.

Pluses: The book uses Standards-based XHTML, decent Ajax coverage.
Minuses: Not a book for novices.

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