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JavaScript the Definitive Guide

David Flanagan
Published by O'Reilly Media
ISBN:0-596-10199-6
1018 pages
£ 35.50
Published: 25th August 2006
reviewed by Lindsay Marshall
   in the December 2006 issue (pdf), (html)
bookcover  

The fifth edition. I must have reviewed this at least three times already.

Edition 4 had 916 pages and this one has 994. Probably they will crack the thousand with the inevitable edition 6. First off let me say what I have said before: this is the O'Reilly book I use most. It sits on my desk next to me and I consult it regularly. It is an indispensable companion if you write JavaScript, no matter how expert you may be. If you don't already own a copy, buy it, if you already have bought it then you have to think a bit more about it: full price this is a 35 quid book. Do you need the new edition? Probably not if you are just writing, what we might call Web 1.0 JavaScript, but if you are messing around with all the Web 2.0 stuff like Ajax and SVG then there is a lot of good new stuff in here (though much of it is browser specific so beware).

There are even a few nods to the school of unobtrusive JavaScript in here, and I am glad to say that the section on Ajax is short, informs and does not gush. Interestingly there is no discussion of the increasingly prevalent use of library packages such as prototype. It may be that they are waiting to see if the fad for downloading 60K chunks of script fades away or turns into the norm (and then comes the 6th edition with a lot more pages).

Thinking about it, if you are still writing Web 1.0 JavaScript you probably ought to buy this to upgrade your skills. So all of you, buy it.

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