The best Javascript books?

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henrys_cat

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Nov 11, 2001, 7:08:25 PM11/11/01
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Hi All,

I am using Javascript for a fairly ambitious chemical engineering project,
and although I can use JS to do most simple things and have a reasonable
knowledge of it, I would really like to buy a decent reference book on the
subject to back up what I know.

If people could recommend me some good books (i.e. comprehensive but not
baffling) I would be extremely thankful, as I don't want to wast Ł35 on a
poor book.

cheers

georgewilliamson


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Nov 11, 2001, 7:14:15 PM11/11/01
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Before the ink is dry it's probably old and wrong.
find one of the well maintained DHTML libraries, pay the donation
and get on with it. ;)


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Douglas Crockford

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Nov 11, 2001, 9:28:58 PM11/11/01
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Nearly all of the books about JavaScript are quite awful. They contain
errors, poor examples, and promote bad practices. Important features of the
language are often explained poorly, or left out entirely. I have reviewed
dozens of JavaScript books, and I can only recommend one: JavaScript: The
Definitive Guide (3rd Edition) by David Flanagan, and sadly, due to the
Moving Target problem, it is out of date.

http://home.earthlink.net/~crockford/javascript/javascript.html


Jim Ley

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Nov 12, 2001, 8:44:42 AM11/12/01
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On Mon, 12 Nov 2001 02:28:58 GMT, "Douglas Crockford"
<croc...@earthlink.net> wrote:

> I have reviewed
>dozens of JavaScript books, and I can only recommend one: JavaScript: The
>Definitive Guide (3rd Edition) by David Flanagan, and sadly, due to the
>Moving Target problem, it is out of date.

Ed. 4 of it is due out shortly AIUI, David Flanagan is also the only
author I respect as providing technical knowledge.

http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/jscript4/

for details, it also happily doesn't mention "browser detection" as a
heading in the Compatibility Techniques chapter, although we don't
know if it'll still be suggested, so proper endorsement is reserved,
although the index contains worrying references like "server-side
scripts, determining browser from" which could of course say "it can't
be done folks..."

Jim.
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