24.3. Mastering JavaScript Syntax

The fundamental syntax of JavaScript looks a lot like Java or C. Most simple constructs will look familiar: if, “? :”, while, for, break, and continue are used just as in the Java programming language. JavaScript 1.2 added a switch statement that looks very similar to Java's switch, with the exception that the case values need not be integers. The operators + (addition and string concatenation), -, *, /, ++, --, &&, ||, and so forth are virtually identical. Trailing semicolons are optional, but we use them throughout for the sake of familiarity. We outline several important features here; details are given in the next chapter (JavaScript Quick Reference).

Also note that Netscape provides a convenient interactive ...

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