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Designing With JavaScript : Creating Dynamic Web Pages (Web Review Studio Series)

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Average Customer Rating: 3.71

Customer Rating: 4
Summary: Excellent for Beginners
Comment: Great book if you have absolutely no real programming experience (outside of HTML). Easy to read, with a line by line breakdown of example scripts -- so within the first few chapters you'll be able to actually have a feel for what's going on in other people's scripts.

The book doesn't attempt to be comprehensive, so it does look like you'll need to get another "advanced" book after finishing this one. Also, be forewarned that this book DOES have coding errors in it -- quite a few of them, in fact.

All in all you can learn a great deal & have a lot of fun with this book -- kudos to the author for making something clear when so many others have made it completely obtuse (this is the 3rd JavaScript book I bought and the only one that has really taught me anything about it) --- although they should have hired a better proof reader on the code examples!

Customer Rating: 4
Summary: A good, brief overview. Not without problems.
Comment: I've read both books by O'Reilly & Assoc. dealing with JavaScript. Whereas "The Definitive Guide" is a dry, comprehensive reference of JavaScript's implementation in 3.0 browsers, "Designing" is an inviting overview of JavaScript through its implementation in 4.0 browsers. This approach is helpful if you wish to get a good grasp of the language's potential without dwelling on basic programming concepts---most of which are covered in "The Definitive Guide". However, this rushed approach has a negative side. In addition to various (forgivable) editorial oversights, the example code frequently suffers from (not so forgivable) inaccuracies. The example-based teaching approach of the book is a superior introduction to JavaScript, but unless the reader is experienced in detecting logic errors, it may be a frustrating introduction to the language.

Customer Rating: 3
Summary: Good Book for Beginner
Comment: This admirable book tells beginners how to create dynamic web pages. It teaches you the basics about JavaScript. Also, it has a nice introduction about object-oriented JavaScript.