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Pragmatic Guide to JavaScript


JavaScript is everywhere. It’s a key component of today’s Web—a powerful, dynamic language with a rich ecosystem of professional-grade development tools, infrastructures, frameworks, and toolkits.

In Pragmatic Guide to JavaScript (Pragmatic Bookshelf, $25.00) Christophe Porteneuve helps get you up to speed quickly and painlessly with the 35 key JavaScript tasks you need to know.

The task-oriented two-page spreads get you up and running fast. The left pages explain the underlying implementation for each task, and the right pages contain code snippets for that task, along with cross-references to related tasks.

You’ll learn essential JavaScript tasks in a framework-agnostic way. Learn how to manipulate the DOM and CSS, and how to use event handling and timers. You’ll discover JavaScript tricks for user interface functionality: tooltips, lightboxes, image processing, infinite scrolling, and more. You’ll work with forms for receiving and validating input and explore the client-server relationship with cookies, JSON, and Ajax, as well as mashups with Twitter, Flickr, and geo-related APIs. We round it off with a cheat sheet that gives you JavaScript at a glance.

Christophe says, “Once the province of half-baked implementations and useless scrolling messages, JavaScript has become a world-class, dynamic, object-oriented language with super-fast implementations on the client and server sides. If you’ve been paying even minimal attention to JavaScript these past few years, you’ve heard this before: it’s the Next Big Language.”

Use this Pragmatic Guide to get started creating your own killer web applications, quickly and professionally.

Available in epub, mobi, PDF direct from the publisher and in paperback from fine bookstores worldwide.

What People are Saying

“An impressive collection of very practical tips and tricks for getting the most out of JavaScript in today’s browsers, with topics ranging from fundamentals such as form validation and JSON handling to application examples such as mashups and geolocation. I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to be more productive with JavaScript in their web applications.”—Dylan Schiemann, CEO at SitePen, cofounder of the Dojo Toolkit

“With the condensed years of experience of one of the best JavaScript developers around, it’s a must- read with great reference to everyday JavaScript tasks.”—Thomas Fuchs, Creator of the framework

Book Information

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Pragmatic Guide to JavaScript

by Christophe Porteneuve

ISBN: 9781934356678, 160 pages, $25.00US, $29.00CA, 6×9.

Pragmatic Bookshelf Titles are distributed to bookstores internationally by O’Reilly Media.

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Sample chapters, table of contents, and more information is available on the book’s home page.

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