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"If you're serious about learning Javascript, this book is well worth the price. It's efficient, slim and a good start with a relationship with one of the more powerful aspects of today's internet. Whether you are just trying to get a better grasp of web development or planning world domination through a web browser, this should be part of your library. On a KnowProSE.com scale, I am justified in saying that Learning JavaScript is an 8 out of 10. If you put in your own effort, the book becomes a 9 or higher. Web 2.0 becomes one step closer for the beginner."
-- Taran Rampersad, KnowProSE.com

"...the ideal choice for someone just starting out with Javascript who wants to learn Javascript as a proper programming language."
-- Stephen Chapman, JavaScript.About.com

"Learning JavaScript by Shelley Powers is a solid tutorial on the subject, especially for someone who already has some programming background...The information is explained well, so the reader shouldn't have any problems following it. Powers has written the code to be fully XHTML compliant, so the scripting tag looks a bit different with the use of CDATA, but it's refreshing to see a subject like JavaScript keep up with standards. Building on top of the basic language structure, she goes into the browser and document object models, which is where the real power of JavaScript resides. When you start manipulating the actual document being displayed, your web sites can take on a whole new dimension. "
-- Thomas "Duffbert" Duff, Duffbert's Random Musings

"...this really is an excellent resource."
-- Carol Bean, BeanWorks: Stuff I'm working On

"Learning JavaScript by Shelley Powers is a solid tutorial on the subject, especially for someone who already has some programming background...This is a good choice for branching out into the world of JavaScript if you haven't yet wandered down that path. By the time you finish the book, you'll be well-grounded in the fundamentals. "
-- Thomas Duff, Duffbert's Random Musings

"If you're new to JavaScript, and web programming in general, this book is a good place to start. I won't go into the details of what is covered in each chapter (another reviewer already did a good job of that), nor will I comment on the typos that annoyed another (you see so many these days; is it simply unavoidable when writing a hundreds-of-pages technical book?). What I will say is that I like the way Ms. Powers oftentimes shares the "this is *why* it's done this way," as opposed to just spitting out how to do something. For me, folding a bit of history or context into an explanation always makes it easier to remember what is being discussed. I thought she covered everything she needed to in a nice, orderly, and logical fashion. "
-- Larry Hannay, Amazon.com

"When I first started reading the first 10 pages of chapter 1 I knew this would be a great edition to my ever growing library of JavaScript books. This book covers the very popular scripting language from a programming perspective, not like a "here's how to create a variable and use document.write to the page"...The meat and potatoes of the book are the chapters on DOM (Ch. 10) and Creating Custom Objects (Ch. 11), Ajax Basics (Ch 13), APIs (Ch.14). This is where you get practical knowledge on all the new things these "JavaScript libraries are doing. There's too much information to summarize these chapters but believe me they are worth the price of the book alone."
-- Frank Stepanski, Amazon.com

"The author provides a unique bridge between JavaScript and Ajax, showing in web-based examples, how to apply JavaScript logic to existing object structures. Although JavaScript is one of the most widely used languages it is also one of the most misunderstood because it is actually two languages. The first is an easy-to-use scripting language built into Web browsers and performing functions such as form validation and drop down menus; and second, an object-oriented language which requires in-depth study. This provides a strong link between the two."
-- Michael Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing

"The book serves as a bridge between the old-style and new-style JavaScript and is especially useful for 'those learning JavaScript because they want to jump into Ajax'...Learning JavaScript does not pretend to be a definitive guide; however, it is remarkably comprehensive, detailed, and provides discussions of topics that are not found--at least in any useful detail--in most other general JavaScript texts. Security, cookies, and cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks are some of those topics."
-- Major Keary, Book Notes



"Whether you are just trying to get a better grasp of web development or planning world domination through a web browser, this should be part of your library."
--Taran Rampersad, KnowProSE.com