Friday, March 16, 2012

Review of "Javascript: The Definitive Guide"

JavaScript: The Definitive Guide was writing by David Flanagan and published by O'Reilly Media.  I received a copy of this book as part of the O'Reilly Blogger Review Program.




What an aptly named resource for a language that seems to be getting more popular by the minute.  JavaScript just recently surpassed both Perl and Python in Tiobe's monthly index of programming languages which is in no doubt due to the recent innovations in server side JavaScript as well as html5.


This book is most certainly the definitive guide for JavaScript and is very readable given the amount of information that is covered.  It is not only a good guide to JavaSript in addition to that there are over 300 pages of both core and client side reference materials that will make this a must have for anyone that is serious about working with this language.


I especially appreciated the organization of this book that allows for learning and using JavaScript both on the web, but also on it's own.  Much of what you find for JavaScript references around the web focus on the web and it was nice to be able to approach much of what JavaScript can do outside of that context.

Overall I was very impressed by this book and highly recommend it to anyone who is serious about JavaScript.

You can purchase this book from O'Reilly at this link:  http://shop.oreilly.com/product/9780596805531.do

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