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"JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook" - Release Announcement - O'Reilly

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For Immediate Release
For more information, a review copy, cover art, or an interview with
the author, contact:
Kathryn Barrett (707) 827-7094 or kathrynb@oreilly.com

Scripting Expert Danny Goodman Cooks Up Solutions for Everyday Problems
O'Reilly Releases "JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook"

Sebastopol, CA--Perhaps trepidation is too strong a word to describe
how one feels when approaching the recipes of a master chef for the
first time. Will the techniques be too sophisticated to attempt? Will
the ingredients be too exotic? Will you even understand what it is
you're supposed to do? Then, upon reading the recipes, you realize that
you're in good hands--the language is clear, the techniques fully
within your grasp, and, in fact, you already have most of the
ingredients on hand. Worthwhile recipes are those that will draw on
your existing skills, gently push you to try new techniques, and show
you how to do the things you've always wondered about. Those are the
sorts of recipes that web developers will find in Danny Goodman's
"JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook" (O'Reilly, US $39.95). This unique
collection of practical code recipes for everyday problems will help
web developers of all levels of expertise bring their web pages to
Over the years, bestselling author and scripting pioneer Danny Goodman
has read thousands of forum threads and compiled lists of the problems
that scripters of various experience levels frequently encounter. "I
wanted to create a library of modern routines that scripters could use
as-is in client-side scripting without having to reinvent the wheel
each time the need arises for typical JavaScript and Dynamic HTML
tasks," Goodman explains. "The majority of the questions I encounter on
the numerous online forums begin with 'How do I?' For the Cookbook, I
wrote fresh code to solve the problems with emphasis on support for web
standards to facilitate forward compatibility with the latest--and
next--generation of browsers."
The "JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook" is all about adding value to the
content of a web page. It contains a comprehensive collection of
problems, solutions, and practical examples for anyone using JavaScript
and Dynamic HTML to enhance web pages. For every problem addressed in
the book, there's a solution or "recipe"--a focused piece of code that
web developers can insert directly into their applications. But the
book offers more than cut-and-paste code. Readers will get explanations
of how and why the code works, so they can learn to adapt the problem
solving techniques to their own designs.
"I'm a strong believer in using client-side scripting to add value to
the content of a web page," says Goodman. "In other words, don't
penalize visitors who have underpowered browsers or who have scripting
turned off; instead, reward those who arrive with modern browsers and
scripting turned on with an enhanced experience, such as much easier
navigation through a site or instantaneous form entry validation.
Therefore, the book focuses on practical and sensible applications of
scripting, rather than flying images and nauseating color changes. The
best scripting is that which users aren't even aware of: things just
work 'the right way.'"
Recipes in the "JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook" range from simple tasks,
such as manipulating strings and validating dates in JavaScript, to
entire libraries that demonstrate complex tasks, such as cross-browser
positioning of HTML elements and sorting tables. There are more than
150 recipes on the following topics:
-Working with interactive forms and stylesheets
-Presenting user-friendly page navigation
-Creating dynamic content
-Producing visual effects for stationary content
-Positioning HTML elements
-Managing browser windows and multiple frames
This book is an ideal companion to O'Reilly's "JavaScript: The
Definitive Guide" or "Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference." Readers
who own either book will find the "JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook" a

Additional Resources:
Chapter 10, "Page Navigation Techniques," is available free online at:
For more information about the book, including Table of Contents,
index, author bio, and samples, see:
For a cover graphic in JPEG format, go to:
JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook
Danny Goodman
ISBN 0-596-00467-2, 520 pages, $39.95 (US), $61.95 (CAN), 28.50 (UK)
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