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<pre>Author/s : David Flanagan
Publisher : O'Reilly & Associates
Category : Other
Review by : David O'Meara
Rating : 8 horseshoes
This book is for programmers. The coverage of the various core-programming practices is fairly light and is usually explained in comparison to Java. It won't teach you how to code with JavaScript if you don't have something to base it on. This lends itself to programmers, who don't necessarily want to drown in familiar concepts. The down side is that the book is less likely to be useful to nonprogrammers.
The previous version of the book focused mainly on the uses of JavaScript in browsers. However the new version treats JavaScript as a complete language, with extensive coverage including DOM and CSS.
The book still has one of the most concise listings of functionality and browser compatibility, which is its greatest asset. It is an invaluable resource when you need to build some stable and compatible code. This is even more important with the recent changes in Netscape6.
Providing sample code isn�t the primary aim (although there is still a bunch), but combined with the other resources available on the internet it should be all that someone with existing Java skills requires to build what they need using JavaScript.
A simpler coverage might make life easier for you in the short term, but this book will help you do whatever you want, whenever you want. If other books feed you for a day, this book won�t feed you for a lifetime, but it�ll stand by you until the next version.
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