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Professional Javascript for Web Developers

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The Bottom Line

If you have a backgound in programming then this is the Javascript book for you.
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  • Treats Javascript as a proper programming language
  • Uses the same approach as expected in a book on programming
  • Indepth coverage of the subject
  • Historical perspective


  • Assumes some programming knowledge
  • Technical approach
  • Some code not fully compatible with Opera or IE with strict Doctype


  • First Edition: Published 2005
  • 646 page paperback
  • Published by Wiley Publishing Inc
  • ISBN 0-7645-7908-8
  • A WROX professional guide (programmer to programmer)
  • Author Nicholas C Zakas

Guide Review - Professional Javascript for Web Developers

This is the perfect book on Javascript for someone who has a programming background. The book introduces Javascript concepts in the way that programmers would expect. This makes the book somewhat different from what you normally find with Javascript books that are written for non-programmers.

This book fdoesn't have any of the simple introductory scripts that you find in most Javascript books. Instead the language is introduced from an historical perspective giving an indepth view of all of the features of the language, how and why they are like they atre, and how they fit together. Those scripts that are presented in the book are not fully functional in themselves but instead give you a solid library of objects and functions upon which to build advanced Javascripts.

If you are a novice webmaster looking to get started with adding some interactivity to your site then this is not the book for you. If you have been programming in Javascript for some time and now want to learn more about the language and its extensive features or if you are a programmer wanting to get started with Javascript then this book may be just what you are looking for.

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