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Rob Spoor
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I've read both the first edition (just "JavaScript") and the second. What are the differences between those and this book?
 
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Hi Rob

There were two first edition JavaScript books - one focused on DOM scripting, while the other was a JavaScript and jQuery book. There was a fair amount of overlap between the two, and the DOM scripting book focused a lot on a custom library. We thought it would make sense to rework them in to separate books, one that focused on JavaScript and the other on jQuery. Turns out, though, that there was still a lot of overlap between the two books, and feedback from readers indicated that they would prefer a book that addressed both. So this book is our effort to update the previous books and also synthesize the most important information about JavaScript and jQuery.

Rob Spoor wrote:I've read both the first edition (just "JavaScript") and the second. What are the differences between those and this book?
 
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But isn't a lot of information lost if you've condensed JavaScript (630 pages) and jQuery (596 pages) into one book with "just" 632 pages?

I just want to know why I should get this book and not stick with the other two.
 
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There was a lot of duplication between the two books, so we didn't lose as much information as you might think in going from two books to one - just trimmed back some of the more advanced topics. We were also able to restore some information on cookies and the history object that we hadn't included in the 2nd edition of the JavaScript book. And I think that, even if there isn't much new material in the 3rd edition, we did a good job of clarifying concepts so things are easier to follow.

But you're right, if you've got both 2nd edition JavaScript and jQuery books, and you're happy with them, then there may not be much upside to getting this book, too.

Rob Spoor wrote:But isn't a lot of information lost if you've condensed JavaScript (630 pages) and jQuery (596 pages) into one book with "just" 632 pages?

I just want to know why I should get this book and not stick with the other two.
 
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