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Designing With JavaScript : Creating Dynamic Web Pages

Author: Nick Heinle
Rating: 3/5

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Description

Designing with JavaScript is not a book aimed at software developers. It's essentially a collection of application notes, illustrating how to use snippets of JavaScript to control windows, frames, buttons, menus, layers, roll-over images, and cookies. The book makes no pretense to teach programming or OOP concepts. But programmers will find its bite-sized, easy-to-digest approach to JavaScript helpful, especially those who do not have a Java or C++ background.

JavaScript books abound, and this book stands up well against its chunkier competitors, such as McComb's JavaScript SourceBook or Goodman's JavaScript Bible. The most remarkable thing about Designing with JavaScript is that the author, Nick Heinle, is reportedly only 17 years old. I'm not sure whether this says more about Heinle's abilities, the leveling influence of the World Wide Web, or the editorial talents of the people at O'Reilly.

Designing with JavaScript includes a brief reference section on the browser object hierarchy and JavaScript syntax, but purchasers of this book would be well advised to buy David Flanagan's JavaScript: The Definitive Guide (O'Reilly, 1997) as a backup and reference. -- Ray Duncan, Dr. Dobb's Journal -- Dr. Dobb's Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.



Review

Designing with JavaScript is an excellent learn-by-example tutorial that helps you create dynamic content for your Web site. Each chapter tackles a single topic with a relaxed and conversational tone. The thoroughly explained examples in each chapter are blocked off in green for quick reference and included on the accompanying CD-ROM. Whiz-kid author Nick Heinle--author of the JavaScript Tip of the Week Web site and closet high school student--covers a lot of ground, from dynamic frames, forms, and cookies to the latest in both 4.0 browsers' versions of Dynamic HTML. One excellent chapter demonstrates how to easily include multiple versions of your scripts to work with versions of Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer, depending on which browser views the page.

This is one the best titles available for relative newcomers or Web designers who want to get waist-deep in scripting as quickly as possible. However, Heinle's examples will also be useful to anyone with an interest in JavaScript.



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