CHAPTER 1The State of JavaScript

This chapter takes a brief walk down memory lane so you can get a sense of how the industry has changed over the last decade, including the rise of Ajax and its influence on the popularity of JavaScript. It then explains how JavaScript gets evaluated in the browser and how to plan for that. You'll learn ways to debug applications and the tools you can use to do so. It's important to understand how your code is working to fix those pesky bugs that haunt you.

JavaScript Is One of the Good Guys Again, but Why Now?

JavaScript has come a long way since its inception back in 1995. Initially used for basic image and form interactions, its uses have expanded to include all manner of user interface manipulation. Web sites ...

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