[nSLUG] JavaScript Reference...

Ted Tibbetts intuited at gmail.com
Fri Apr 15 00:55:37 ADT 2011


Errata: That last link definition should have been

[Object]:
https://developer.mozilla.org/en/JavaScript/Reference/Global_Objects/Object

2011/4/15 Ted Tibbetts <intuited at gmail.com>

> Looks like the 3rd edition hasn't been released yet: the page Daniel linked
> to mentions a "Pre-order price guarantee", and gives the publication date as
> "Dec 6 2011".  Though that may be a typo.  The [second edition][] was
> published in 2001, making it more or less obsolete these days.
>
> I recently read "Javascript: The Good Parts" by Douglas Crockford (the
> author of the [jslint](http://jslint.com/) syntax checker).  He's a bit
> particular and opinionated about certain things, but nevertheless provides a
> good overview of the language's core concepts.  Higher-level things like
> choosing a framework or performing specific tasks are not covered; this book
> just focuses on the language itself.  He focuses a lot on things like using
> closure for encapsulation and other FP-influenced techniques.
>
> For online references, I find the MDC docs helpful.  Although they are
> oriented towards Mozilla's implementation (technically JavaScript™ itself),
> they are thorough about denoting which methods, etc. are extensions from
> ECMAScript3 / JS1.5.  It looks like they've (partially?) updated this to
> show what's in ECMAScript 5: e.g. the entry for [Object.create][] shows that
> it has been assigned the "ECMAScript5" tag, but its entry in the [Object][]
> page just notes that it "Requires JavaScript 1.8.5".
>
> [second edition]:
> http://www.amazon.com/JavaScript-Complete-Reference-Thomas-Powell/dp/0072191279
> [Object.create]:
> https://developer.mozilla.org/en/JavaScript/Reference/Global_Objects/Object/create
> <https://developer.mozilla.org/en/JavaScript/Reference/Global_Objects/Object/create>
> [Object]:
> https://developer.mozilla.org/en/JavaScript/Reference/Global_Objects/Object/create
>
> Salutations
> -Ted
>
> <https://developer.mozilla.org/en/JavaScript/Reference/Global_Objects/Object/create>
> 2011/4/14 Daniel Morrison <draker at gmail.com>
>
>> If you're coding in Javascript and like hard copy references it looks
>> quite useful. Depends which edition. The 3rd edition covers 'Ajax and
>> HTML5' so it sounds reasonably up to date, and cheaper than the 2nd
>> edition on Amazon. However there are no reviews.
>>
>>
>> http://www.amazon.ca/JavaScript-Complete-Reference-Thomas-Powell/dp/0071741208
>>
>> Personally I'd save the $40 and consult a free online reference. But I
>> like online references better than the dead tree versions.
>>
>> If you're not coding Javascript, I'm sure it would make a very useful
>> paper weight, or a shim for a wonky bit of furniture, etc. but it may
>> prove expensive compared to a cheaper book, or even a block of wood or
>> a rock. But you can't fold paper airplanes from the leaves of a rock,
>> so the book does have its advantages.
>>
>> Note that  I haven't actually used this book for any purpose, so you
>> may want to Google search for the opinions people who have. Some
>> reviews of the 1st and 2nd editions appear very positive.
>>
>> "great job of introducing the javascript core language in a thorough
>> and engaging way"
>>
>> "not a book for pure novices"
>>
>> "extraordinarily lucid presentation of JavaScript and its related
>> technologies"
>>
>> "only read through chapter 12, but I've learned more from this book
>> than three prior JavaScript texts combined"
>>
>> "writing is tight, the code samples are well crafted and
>> self-contained and I've only found four mistakes in 400 pages of text"
>>
>> "pleasantly written and easy to read, but unfortunately there are some
>> important ommissions as far as describing the JavaScript language
>> itself."
>>
>> "Inheritence is barely mentioned. There is no explanation at all of
>> how to invoke the parent constructor with parameters. Exceptions are
>> not explained at all in the first part of the book"
>>
>> "solid reference to JavaScript. All of the examples in the book that I
>> tried were portable"
>>
>> N.B. While I don't condone IP theft, searching for 'JavaScript "The
>> Complete Reference" Thomas Powell review' on Google provides a link
>> (fourth one) where the 1st edition of the ebook can be
>> stolen^H^H^H^H^H^Hdownloaded (rar'd pdf).
>>
>> -D.
>>
>> On 14 April 2011 10:02, David Potter <dlpotter at eastlink.ca> wrote:
>> >
>> > Where in the 'usefull' spectrum would "JavaScript - The Complete
>> Reference
>> > by Thomas Powell" stand?
>> >
>> > David
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