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Since 1996, JavaScript: The Definitive Guide has been the bible for JavaScript programmers—a programmer's guide and comprehensive reference to the core language and to the client-side JavaScript APIs defined by web browsers. The 6th edition covers HTML5 and ECMAScript 5, with new chapters on jQuery and server side JavaScript. It's recommended for experienced programmers who want to learn the programming language of the Web, and for current JavaScript programmers who want to master it.


On Aug 24 Gary Dusbabek wrote: Excellent technical reference with room for improvement
Excellent reference for learning and understanding Javascript. Full Review  >

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On Mar 16 Matt Hulse wrote:
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On Nov 8 Jim Schubert wrote: A tome of knowledge
This is an unbelievably thorough JavaScript book. It's definitely more of a reference book than a front-to-back read. Full Review  >

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On Jul 13 Grant van Staden wrote: Book Review: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide by David Flanagan
With the growing trend towards HTML 5, ASP .Net MVC and JQuery development it is becoming unavoidable. Turns out JavaScript is an immense language and that’s when you need a good reference. The Definitive Guide is that reference. Full Review  >

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On Jun 3 Marc 137 wrote: This is The JavaScript Bible
Everything and only everything ;) about javascript. Full Review  >

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On May 23 James Skemp wrote: Provides a deep dive into JavaScript development
JavaScript: The Definitive Guide is not just a complete reference of the language, like O'Reilly's other 'thick books,' but also provides a deep dive into JavaScript development. Full Review  >

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On May 15 Michiel Overeem wrote: bookreview: JavaScript, The Definitive Guide, 6th edition by David Flanagan
Javascript, The Definitive Guide, 6th Edition by David Flanagan This book is called 'the definitive guide' for a reason: it is by far the most complete book on Javascript that you can buy. Every subject, from syntax to popular libraries is covered. The 6th edition is completely updated to reflect the latest standard, ECMAscript… Full Review  >

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On May 15 Jeroen Oliemans wrote: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, Sixth Edition
Author: David Flanagan publisher: O’Reilly Media pages: 1100 Summary Novice to advanced this book will open the web as your playground, a full course on JavaScript including the new features and API’s of HTML5. It will be hard to find any topic about JavaScript which not discussed in this book.… Full Review  >

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On May 15 Andrew Shuping wrote: Book Review--Javascript: The Definitive Guide the 6th Edition
This is an updated edition to the classic reference book on Javascript to include new information on new standards (such as HTML5 and CSS3), conventions, and frameworks. Although it is possible to learn Javascript from this book, its really meant more as a reference guide and an explanation of how and why Javascript works the way it does. For example, the 1st chapter explains in some detail how Javascript works on the client side and how each of the following chapters will relate to this. The book includes numerous examples of codes to illustrate the concepts and explains the concepts in a clear, easy to follow fashion that doesn't require a degree in astrophysics to understand. Full Review  >

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On May 10 Rob Dawson wrote: The Bible of JavaScript Development
JavaScript: The Definitive Guide has well been known as the bible of JavaScript Development. As a professional JavaScript Developer and leader of JavaScript Developers, I had to grab an updated copy (we've got various old editions around the office). It was great to get opportunity to review it as a part of the O'Reilly Blogger Review program. Full Review  >

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On Apr 29 Mat Powell wrote: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide by David Flanagan
I've heard that this is the book if you wanted THE book on JavaScript. This book explains just about everything there is about JavaScript--the theories, the practice, the hows and whys. Full Review  >

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On Apr 20 John Brady wrote: Javascript: The Definitive Guide
Javascript: The Definitive Guide (Sixth Edition) is an excellent addition to the bookshelf of anyone who deals with Javascript on a regular basis. Those having some prior exposure to Javascript should gain useful insights into the language while reading this book.   At over 1000 pages, the author has space and… Full Review  >

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