View Full Version : Best book on Java Script?

08-25-2002, 05:53 AM
Guys! I have to many questions and understand that its better get some book on Java Script.

Could you tell me what is the best, so I will need only one?

08-25-2002, 06:15 AM
My opinion:

One of these books:

* Professional JavaScript (Wrox Publishers) Nigel McFarlane
* Professional JavaScript 2nd Edition (Wrox Publishers)
* Any javascript reference book you can get from O'Reilly publishing. No matter how much you learn, you will forget things from time to time.


08-25-2002, 07:11 AM
JavaScript, The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition, by David Flanagan, O'Reilly Publishing.

click on the Guide in my sig

08-26-2002, 01:05 AM
Pure Javascript is supposed to be a very complete reference. Highly rated on amazon.com. I'm trying to get it for our office.

One book I liked was Javascript Complete as a tutorial. BTW, ignore words like "complete", "for beginners", and "professional" when choosing a book. It's B.S. You gotta dig into a book to see if you'll like it.

IMHO you need two kinds of books for any computer language you're using. A textbook/tutorial and a reference.

My 27 years working with computers has told me that there are very few really good computer books of any kind out there. Tutorial books don't explain enough, are incomplete. References don't show how to use things. Or the author is just trying to impress you (himself?) with how much crap he knows; never mind presenting it well. Most books just seem to fall short somewhere.

don't be suprised if you end up, over time with 2 or more books on the same subject with 95% redundancy just to get the gems that they otherwise have.

BTW, I can't tell you how much I hate the Wrox books on ASP - don't know if that says anything about their Javascript books. I have three of their ASP books and NONE explain the points for problem I'm having. I haven't found other ASP books that do either!

BTW I've found O'Reilly books to vary in quality. I have a VB Script book that - I kid you not - tells you to just never mind about the WHILE statement, and doesn't even show it's general form. OTOH I rather like the O'Reilly book on Transact-SQL.

So where are the best books? I think on the textbook shelves of your nearest university bookstore. I've had generally decent luck by getting hold of textbooks - and I mean books written AS textbooks, not the latest Wrox doorstop that's being used by your local community college continuing education class. I've found good COBOL, FORTRAN, Pascal, and C/C++ books when written as textbooks.

08-26-2002, 02:55 AM
thank for your replies. i probably gonna get reference book and for tutorial I will come here :thumbsup:

right now i am reading JavaScript Bible by IDG. was upset at the beginning with basics(you know crap that every author uses to start book :) ) but then it seems not too bad. and at the same time something telling me it is not the right one.

08-29-2002, 02:23 AM
Also get the Dynamic HTML book by O'Reilly by Danny Goodman. I use it quite a bit. It has just about everything you need.