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Practical JavaScript, DOM Scripting and Ajax Projects

 
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Hi ,
I am Nayana.
I am a develpoer with a Java background, but new to DOM Scripting and Ajax & starter in JavaScript.
So how this book can help me to gain practicle knowledge about all these topics? How different is the book from other available books?

Thanks
 
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Hi Nayana,

I would say that as a self-described beginner, there might be better choices for you out there than my book. As I mentioned in another post, while I do know some beginners that have done well with my first book, neither of them are really meant for beginners. The Practical JavaScript book is a little less beginner-oriented than the AJAX book was even because while the AJAX book had a whole chapter dedicated to Javascript, this one does not (as ironic as that seems, given the title).

That being said, if you find that you learn better by seeing examples of real, working code, rather than small snippets designed to teach a specific concept, then this book may be better for you. The book is laid out as a series of projects, each building a working application. There's nine of them if memory serves (yes, my copy is literally inches away and I'm too lazy to get it and check... just goes to show how tiring writing a book is!)... each is documented well and described in detail, and a lot of people find that seeing things in the context of a real application helps them understand better (I'm that way). If you read through the book in order, you might be OK because the difficulty builds as you go generally. I would say you'd want to read an online Javascript tutorial or two first, but then you might be OK.

About how different the book is... I'm not aware of any other publisher that puts out books like this (I'm sure there are some, but I'm not aware of them). I like writing the "Practical Project"-type books because I think this is the way many, maybe even most developers learn things best. Certainly I learn something every time I write one! So, I'm not sure I could call the book unique, but I do suspect it doesn't have too much competition in terms of structure and form Also, this book especially is written like an episode of Gilmore Girls in that you'll find lots of pop culture references and in-jokes throughout... humor in technical books is always a mixed bag, I know that, but I've gotten some good feedback on my ability to make you laugh while being educational, which in this book was very much a goal. Some people find that helps them absorb material better too than just a dry recitation of facts.
 
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