JavaScript for the World Wide Web, Fourth Edition

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9780201735178: JavaScript for the World Wide Web, Fourth Edition

JavaScript is one of the most frequently used scripting languages for Web development, user interface elements, and interactive design. A favorite of programmers and content creators, JavaScript is easily interpreted and run by all major browsers. Unlike full-fledged programming languages, such as C or Java, JavaScript requires no compilers, making it accessible for all levels of users. JavaScript for the World Wide Web, 4th Edition: Visual QuickStart Guide is the perfect book for users who are familiar with HTML but don't necessarily have a programming background. With visual, task-based lessons and hundreds of screen shots, readers learn to use JavaScript to liven up their pages with dynamic images and smart forms. They'll learn to control browsers; detect which browser or plug-ins the user has and respond appropriately; use JavaScript to create and manipulate windows; and smoothly integrate HTML, JavaScript, and Java in a site. This edition covers new topics such as events, Cascading Style Sheets, Bookmarklets, and working with visual tools such as GoLive, Dreamweaver, and Fireworks.

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When Peachpit Press released the debut edition of JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide, it immediately became one of the most useful tools for busy Web developers. Now in its fourth edition, this book has been improved, expanded, and more finely tuned.

Written for Web coders who have at least some familiarity with HTML, the book doesn't necessarily require you to have knowledge of JavaScript programming or scripting. The presentation is illustrative and productive, and concepts are introduced via practical examples, explained briefly, presented in code, and then explained line by line. Using judicious screen shots and new code highlighted in red, the authors have made JavaScript for the World Wide Web quite intuitive. In this new edition, they point out features compatible with only certain Web browsers using new IE and Netscape icons.

Along with its core content, the text includes an excellent genealogy of the various flavors of JavaScript, complete with an extensive object flowchart that is colorcoded by browser version. It also steps outside the base language with a chapter on visual development tools that use JavaScript, like Dreamweaver, GoLive, and Fireworks.

There are tons of useful scripts in the book, and the publisher provides a companion Web site where you can get each script, as well as an interface for viewing the code in action. You can download all of the scripts in a single Zip file. This is simply a must-have guide to JavaScript. --Stephen W. Plain

Topics covered:

  • Browser detection
  • Rollovers
  • Cycling banners
  • Frames
  • Windows
  • Form validations
  • Regular expressions
  • Date and time display
  • Event handling
  • Cookies
  • Cascading style sheets (CSS)
  • DHTML
  • User interface design
  • Bookmarklets
  • Visual development tools
  • Debugging
  • Genealogy and reference

From the Publisher:

This revamped edition provides an easy bridge for HTML users who are ready to tackle JavaScript. The book is aimed at the large group of less technical Web authors who know HTML but know nothing about programming. Web designers will learn how to use JavaScript the quick and easy way with pictures rather than lengthy explanations.

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