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Average Customer Rating: 4.35

Customer Rating: 5
Summary: Serves as a How To and a Reference
Comment: This is a great book that not only taught me JavaScript, but also serves as one of my main references today. A word of caution though, don't pick this book up FIRST as an intro to developing Web based client/server applications. This book will show you how to do EVERYTHING (both client and server side processing) in JavaScript. Depending on the technology you're using, this probably won't be the way should go about doing your sever side processing. I was starting to use ASP when I picked this book. I knew that JavaScript was used in ASP so I picked up the Sams Teach Yourself ASP in 21 days along with this book. Well to make a long story short, I read very little of the Sams book, and got into this one very quickly. I definitely learned JavaScript, but made things much more difficult for myself for about a month or so. That said, this is a great book.

Customer Rating: 5
Summary: Dis be da bestest!
Comment: I was thrilled to finally get a JavaScript book that teaches basic (and not-so-basic) concepts in a clear, concise manner. I've been using JavaScript for around 2 years now, but I found the book really useful. Wilton did not write a cookbook, but instead takes the reader into areas that most authors don't. I've got 4 other JavaScript books (including Goodman's Bible), and none come close to the style delivered by Wilton. What I like personally is his coverage of string manipulation and Regular Expressions in a way that is understandable, without leaving you more confused as others seem to do. Don't buy the Definitive Guide or Bible if you don't know JavaScript. Get this book first, then move on to the big gun reference jobs.

Customer Rating: 3
Summary: Book confuses the issues and doesn't get to the syntax
Comment: Instead of defining all the attributes of say "Request.QueryString" into differenct contexts like Javascript and HTML , he muddles around with probably the lamest web application environment around.