JavaScript for the World Wide Web, Fifth Student Edition

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9780321150714: JavaScript for the World Wide Web, Fifth Student Edition

Appropriate for beginning to intermediate students in Web design, scripting languages, and programming courses using JavaScript. These task-based, visual reference guides feature step-by-step instructions and plenty of screen shots to guide students and teachers through the most important tasks. Visual QuickStart Guides are the ideal way to get students up and running quickly, and are used for intermediate and advanced students as a quick reference. Select Student Editions have the same proven format but are enhanced with pedagogy and features enabling professors to use them efficiently in a classroom environment.

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JavaScript is great, but at best it is a complementary language for Web development. JavaScript for the World Wide Web offers a productive, how-to style that lets you solve a problem or pick up a trick and then move on with the rest of your work.

Consistent with other members of Peachpit's Visual QuickStart Guide series, this title makes wise use of side-by-side explanations and screen shots, as well as code snippets and their analysis. This approach gives readers the feeling that the authors are sitting by their side and showing them how to code scripts. Most subjects are handled with numbered steps, such as "Validating Zip Codes," and useful tips punctuate the text.

The book introduces the whole concept of JavaScript in a fast-moving but readable chapter and then moves into solving real-world challenges. The authors do a good job of covering JavaScript's capabilities, from eye-catching graphics tricks to data-entry form processing and cookie management. Particularly enjoyable is the way the book spells out many of the differences between Netscape and Microsoft dynamic HTML approaches.

The JavaScript object model is laid out in an appendix, along with object compatibility between various browser flavors. To complement the book, the publisher offers a Web site that makes all of the example code easily downloadable for your use. This is a great little guide for both busy coders and JavaScript novices. --Stephen W. Plain

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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