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This concise book shows JavaScript developers how to build superb web applications with CoffeeScript, the remarkable little language that’s gaining considerable interest. Through example code, this guide demonstrates how CoffeeScript abstracts JavaScript, providing syntactical sugar and preventing many common errors. You’ll learn CoffeeScript’s syntax and idioms step by step, from basic variables and functions to complex comprehensions and classes.


On Nov 11 Rick Salsa wrote: The Little Book on CoffeeScript by Alex MacCaw – O’Reilly Media review
Coffeescript is all the rage with web developers nowadays and for good reason. If you are wanting to pick up coffeescript and are looking for something more than the overview at, then look no further than The Little Book on CoffeeScript by Alex MacCaw from O'Reilly Media. Full Review  >

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On May 29 Aaron Sumner wrote: A compact introduction to CoffeeScript
If you're a front end developer you've no doubt heard of CoffeeScript. A Little Book on CoffeeScript is indeed little, but offers a thorough introduction to the language and how it can make your life with JavaScript simpler. Full Review  >

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On Mar 26 Alexey Smirnov wrote:
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On Mar 11 Gabriel Svennerberg wrote: The Little Book on CoffeeScript by Alex MacCaw
This book is a great introduction to the beautiful pseudo JavaScript language CoffeeScript. It’s written by Alex MacCaw who is also the author of JavaScript Web Applications, a book I reviewed a few month ago. Full Review  >

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On Mar 8 Lori Lalonde wrote: Good introduction to CoffeeScript
The Little Book on CoffeeScript, by Alex MacCaw, provides a quick dive into CoffeeScript, a new scripting language which is based off of, and compiles to, JavaScript. It is a simpler form of JavaScript, with syntax and feature implementation that is inspired by both Ruby and Python. Full Review  >

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On Mar 7 Jeremy Fonte wrote: “The Little Book on CoffeeScript” by Alex MacCaw; O’Reilly Media
JavaScript is a quirky, peculiar language – and yet it shines as a fun, productive language, especially when you addRead the Rest... Full Review  >

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On Mar 1 Kenrick Chien wrote: Review: "The Little Book on CoffeeScript" by Alex MacCaw, O'Reilly Media
This book might be "little", but don't let that mislead you; it's packed with enough content so that you'll understand all of what CoffeeScript has to offer. Alex MacCaw does a great job of covering the major features of CoffeeScript in six short, but detailed chapters. Full Review  >

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On Feb 20 Chris Harback wrote:
All in all, Ill heartily recommend The Little Book on CoffeeScript. Its a pleasant read that an intermediate user can breeze through in a sitting and use as a launchpad for further explorations, once youve learned how interesting CoffeeScript can be. Full Review  >

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On Feb 19 Santosh Shanbhag wrote: Sweet little book
Whether you love it or hate it, JavaScript is back with a louder than ever bang, thanks largely to HTML5. However, frameworks like JQuery provide concise syntax that eliminates the need to write buggy and verbose code. So why CoffeeScript? Curiosity led me to pick up this "little book". It turns out that CoffeeScript is a language that compiles down to JavaScript with a syntax inspired by Ruby and Python. In a little book of 6 chapters and 48 pages, Alex MacCaw cuts to the chase and explains the nuts and bolts of CoffeeScript neatly. Full Review  >

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On Feb 6 Rob Rowe wrote:
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