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Roan
11-27-2000, 08:02 PM
Would someone be so kind as to recommend a JavaScript book that has the following features:

an EXTREMELY GOOD reference section
Extremely detailed
Covers older versions as well as new
Isn't geared towards IE or Netscape and has code examples and snippets that work with both
isn't 700 pages with 500 devoted to beginning programming or "how an array works". Beginning JavaScript stuff is nice, and wanted, "how to program" isn't :P

I'm pretty much a JavaScript idiot, but I do a lot of CGI programming in perl and I've done some stuff in C.

There's so many books out there, I thought I'd see what people here like before I buy.

Thanks!

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Jaxart
11-28-2000, 10:51 AM
I have a suggestion...and this is not a slam on you, but the JavaScript for Dummies book will probably give you everything you are looking for. Here is a description of it...you can judge for yourself.

<FONT COLOR="Purple">Book Description
A pracitcal guide for would-be Web page builders who want to use JavaScript to create dynamic Web pages without having to master a difficult programming language!
JavaScript For Dummies, 3rd edition, explains how to use JavaScript in clear, conversational style. This book gives users and understanding of how to use JavaScript to create interactive Web pages that give users instant feedback. Users will soon be able to grasp JavaScript basics and write, test, and debug code. This book covers the latest JavaScript version and how it works with Microsoft and Netscape software. New material in this edition includes coverage of JavaScript 1.3, Internet Explorer 5.5 and Netscape Communicator 5, console (a new browser features), ECMA compliance, JavaScript-enabled DHTML, JavaScript exception handling, and the difference between JavaScript-accessible DOMs in the browsers.

Synopsis
This is a down-to-earth practical guide for would-be Web page builders who want to use JavaScript to create dynamic Web pages without having to find out how to use a difficult programming language. The book starts by explaining what JavaScript is and how it can be used. In just a few hours users will be able to grasp Java basics and write code. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Hope this helped you!

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Allen
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"Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one." - Stella Adler (b. 1902)

Roan
11-28-2000, 01:20 PM
Allen:

Hey, I have a book called "UNIX in Plain English" and it's a wonderful book :P

Now, I did read this review on Amazon, plus all those nasty reviews :P Did you see them? Man! Sounds like the Dummies people really blew it with this one. Anyhow, I decided to pass based on some of those reviews. The consensus is that it's poorly written and inconsistant. I can deal with the latter, but I hate stuff that's poorly written. I also read that it uses a lot of non-standard HTML and spends a lot of time explaining basic HTML principles -- which I don't need. So, I think I'll pass.

Have you looked at David Flanagan's "JavaScript:The Definitive Guide"?

Hubby's getting me the O'Reilly one for Christmas -- gotta have THAT, it's an O'Reilly! :P

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Jaxart
11-28-2000, 01:58 PM
I didnt read the comments, I only got the description for you. Maybe I should have read them. Sorry about that.



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Allen
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"Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one." - Stella Adler (b. 1902)

dhenton
11-28-2000, 08:33 PM
DYNAMIC HTML by Shelly Powers. Gives a lot of how to do cross browser stuff

Roan
11-28-2000, 09:52 PM
Don't be sorry. The really nasty reviews were from beginners. Apparently, in contrandiction to its title, the book isn't for Dummies. It's for people with some previous JavaScript or in-depth programming knowledge. The so-so reviews were from people who had programmed in JavaScript or other languages before and even they said that it wasn't written very well.

So, don't worry about it :P

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Roan
11-28-2000, 09:53 PM
Originally posted by dhenton:
DYNAMIC HTML by Shelly Powers. Gives a lot of how to do cross browser stuff

I'll check up on this one, thanks!

Btw, where have you been hiding? :P

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KaTee
12-02-2000, 07:57 AM
Roan

Don't know if this will be any use to you, as I am a computer dummie, but, my husband recently taught himself HTML and has built his own web-page (about drag-racing) the url is www.talktorque.karoo.net (http://www.talktorque.karoo.net) if you want to take a look.
He is self taught, using SAMS Teach yourself HTML4 in 24 Hours (not 24hrs literally, but 24 x 1hour lessons).
On his Christmas list is the SAMS Teach yourself Javascript 1.3 (ISBN 0-672-31407-X).

Hope this is of use to you.

Best wishes

Karen http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif