Douglas Crockford

Douglas Crockford

I don't think of myself as a guru. I'm more of a mahatma.

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San Jose, California

Douglas Crockford is a major JavaScript guy, well known for introducing and maintaining the JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) format. He's a regular speaker at conferences on advanced JavaScript topics.

JavaScript: The Good Parts JavaScript: The Good Parts
by Douglas Crockford
May 2008
Print: $29.99
Ebook: $24.99

JavaScript: The Good Parts Master Class with Douglas Crockford JavaScript: The Good Parts Master Class with Douglas Crockford
by Douglas Crockford
September 2009
Video: $119.99

"If you’ve been holding back from learning it, take a look at this book; it’s a great and highly-respected overview that might change your mind."
--Michael James Williams, Activetuts+

"JavaScript: The Good Parts, is a concise, well written JavaScript guide...a valuable book which I would recommend to anybody who wishes to get a deeper understanding of JavaScript, or simply just wants to write more efficient and more soundly structured code. "
--Nicholas Salvadore,

"My Dad pestered me to read this for almost six months. When I finally got around to it, I was frankly surprised -- the author, Douglas Crockford, manages to whittle JavaScript down to essentially Lisp, complete with lambdas, closures, and currying. I have learned more about good programming techniques from this book on what even the author admits to be a flawed language than many expositions on 'better' languages."
--David Koppstein, Koppology

"Unlike most programming language books, this volume treats the reader as an adult, as a professional programmer familiar with the tools and concepts of programming. The contrast with typical language books is refreshing. "
--Mark Bernstein,

"However, if you want to learn how to take JavaScript to its limits, use its advanced features effectively, and gain a deeper understanding of this oft-misunderstood pillar of the Internet as we know it: JavaScript: The Good Parts is a must-read!"
--Dave Ward, Encosia

"Any library strong in Java development and analysis needs JavaScript: The Good Parts. "
--James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review - The Bookwatch

"Douglas Crockford is a Yahoo! employee who works on the YUI library and writes for the Yahoo! Interface Blog. He's what we'd call a javascript master, so anything he writes on the subject you can take as gospel. "
--Glen Stansberry, NETTUTS

"This is a very useful book for the client-side developer who wants either a great reference book or somebody who wants to take their skills to the next level using JavaScript. A must buy!"
--Frank Stepanski,

"I find Douglas Crockford's perspective on JavaScript in JavaScript: The Good Parts to be useful in my own relationship with JavaScript. His style is accessible and intelligent."
--Anita Kuno,

"...this is a fantastic book which explains how JavaScript really works, and how you can see the object, inheritance and prototype model in JavaScript as something good, instead of an obstacle."
--Robert Nyman, Robert's Talk