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Sams Teach Yourself JavaScript in 24 Hours

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Average Customer Rating: 3.05

Customer Rating: 3
Summary: Great if you already know programming...
Comment: This is perhaps the first 'in 24 hours' book I have actually read within that time. This book is really concise, which is good for someone who already knows a programming similar to JavaScript such as C, C++, or Java. This book wasn't cryptic for me at all because I already knew C++, and was great for learning the specifics for the JavaScript language. Unfortunatly, I can see why few could understand this book. It quickly skims over complex topics such as looping structures, arrays, and functions. This book is perfect for someone who has some knowledge in programming who wants to learn how to use it on the web with Javascript. On the other hand, if you don't know programming, you might want to go with one of the 'thicker' javascript books.

Customer Rating: 4
Summary: All the basics presented in a set of clear examples
Comment: If someone asks me where to start when they want to learn programming, my standard response is to tell them to learn HTML. If they also want to be able to make money from their knowledge, my response is to tell them to learn HTML and JavaScript. HTML is certainly the most widely used "programming language" in the world today, and JavaScript cannot be far behind. Furthermore, neither requires a great deal of overhead in the form of costly compilers or interpreters.
However, finding material that makes learning them easy and enjoyable is difficult. This book satisfies both criteria at about an eight on a scale of one to ten where ten is the best. The examples are clear, very precise in their coverage and in combination cover the features of the language that you need to know. Furthermore, the coverage includes JavaScript 1.5, which does have some significant new features. While reading this book for review, I learned a few things that I had not been aware of.
If you are interested in learning JavaScript, this book will help you do that, independent of whether you are experienced in programming. I would have no reservations recommending it to anyone who falls into either category.

Customer Rating: 5
Summary: A very nice introduction to javascript.
Comment: The book is a very good introduction to javascript. I recommend it.