What will you learn from this book?
- Using arrays
- The power of functions
- How to work with objects
- Making use of prototypes
- Understanding closures
- Writing and testing applications
What’s so special about this book?
Table of contents
- Praise for other books by Eric T. Freeman and Elisabeth Robson
- How to Use This Book: Intro
1. Getting your feet wet
- How to make a statement
- Variables and values
- Back away from that keyboard!
- Express yourself
- Doing things more than once
- How the while loop works
- And, when you need to make LOTS of decisions
- Reach out and communicate with your user
- A closer look at console.log
- Opening the console
- How do I add code to my page? (let me count the ways)
- We’re going to have to separate you two
2. Going further
- Let’s build a Battleship game
- Our first attempt...
- First, a high-level design
- A few more details...
- Working through the Pseudocode
- Oh, before we go any further, don’t forget the HTML!
- Writing the Simple Battleship code
- Now let’s write the game logic
- Step One: setting up the loop, getting some input
- How prompt works
- Checking the user’s guess
- So, do we have a hit?
- Adding the hit detection code
- Hey, you sank my battleship!
- Provide some post-game analysis
- And that completes the logic!
- Doing a little Quality Assurance
- Can we talk about your verbosity...
- Finishing the Simple Battleship game
- How to assign random locations
- The world-famous recipe for generating a random number
- Back to do a little more QA
3. Getting functional
- What’s wrong with the code anyway?
- By the way, did we happen to mention FUNCTIONS?
- Okay, but how does it actually work?
- What can you pass to a function?
- Weird Functions
- Functions can return things too
- Tracing through a function with a return statement
- Global and local variables
- Knowing the scope of your local and global variables
- The short lives of variables
- Don’t forget to declare your locals!
- Can you help Bubbles-R-Us?
- How arrays work
- How to access an array item
- Updating a value in the array
- How big is that array anyway?
- The Phrase-O-Matic
- Meanwhile, back at Bubbles-R-Us...
- How to iterate over an array
- But wait, there’s a better way to iterate over an array
- It’s that time again.... Can we talk about your verbosity?
- Redoing the for loop with the post-increment operator
- Quick test drive
- Creating an array from scratch (and adding to it)
- And the winners are...
- A quick survey of the code...
- Writing the printAndGetHighScore function
- Refactoring the code using printAndGetHighScore
- Putting it all together...
5. A trip to Objectville
- Did someone say “Objects”?!
- Thinking about properties...
- How to create an object
- What is Object-Oriented Anyway?
- How properties work
- How does a variable hold an object? Inquiring minds want to know...
- Comparing primitives and objects
- Doing even more with objects...
- Stepping through pre-qualification
- Let’s talk a little more about passing objects to functions
- Oh Behave! Or, how to add behavior to your objects
- Improving the drive method
- Why doesn’t the drive method know about the started property?
- How this works
- How behavior affects state... Adding some Gas-o-line
- Now let’s affect the behavior with the state
- Congrats on your first objects!
- Guess what? There are objects all around you! (and they’ll make your life easier)
6. Getting to know the DOM
- In our last chapter, we left you with a little challenge. The “crack the code challenge.”
- So what does the code do?
- How to bake your very own DOM
- A first taste of the DOM
- Getting an element with getElementById
- What, exactly, am I getting from the DOM?
- Finding your inner HTML
- What happens when you change the DOM
- A test drive around the planets
- Don’t even think about running my code until the page is fully loaded!
- You say “event handler,” I say “callback”
- How to set an attribute with setAttribute
- More fun with attributes! (you can GET attributes too)
- So what else is a DOM good for anyway?
7. Serious types
- The truth is out there...
- Watch out, you might bump into undefined when you aren’t expecting it...
- How to use null
- Dealing with NaN
- It gets even weirder
- We have a confession to make
- Understanding the equality operator (otherwise known as ==)
- How equality converts its operands (sounds more dangerous than it actually is)
- How to get strict with equality
- Even more type conversions...
- How to determine if two objects are equal
- The truthy is out there...
- The Secret Life of Strings
- How a string can look like a primitive and an object
- A five-minute tour of string methods (and properties)
- Chair Wars (or How Really Knowing Types Can Change Your Life)
8. Building an app
- This time, let’s build a REAL Battleship game
- Stepping back... to HTML and CSS
- Creating the HTML page: the Big Picture
- Adding some more style
- Using the hit and miss classes
- How to design the game
- Implementing the View
- How displayMessage works
- How displayHit and displayMiss work
- The Model
- How we’re going to represent the ships
- Implementing the model object
- Setting up the fire method
- Implementing the Controller
- Processing the player’s guess
- Planning the code...
- Implementing parseGuess
- Counting guesses and firing the shot
- How to add an event handler to the Fire! button
- Passing the input to the controller
- How to place ships
- Writing the generateShip method
- Generate the starting location for the new ship
- Completing the generateShip method
9. Handling events
- What are events?
- What’s an event handler?
- How to create your first event handler
- Test drive your event
- Getting your head around events... by creating a game
- Implementing the game
- Test drive
- Let’s add some more images
- Now we need to assign the same event handler to each image’s onclick property
- How to reuse the same handler for all the images
- How the event object works
- Putting the event object to work
- Test drive the event object and target
- Events and queues
- Even more events
- How setTimeout works
- Finishing the image game
- Test driving the timer
10. Liberated functions
- The mysterious double life of the function keyword
- Function declarations versus function expressions
- Parsing the function declaration
- What’s next? The browser executes the code
- Moving on... The conditional
- How functions are values too
- Flying First Class
- Writing code to process and check passengers
- Iterating through the passengers
- Passing a function to a function
- Returning functions from functions
- Writing the flight attendant drink order code
- The flight attendant drink order code: a different approach
- Taking orders with first class functions
- Webville Cola
- How the array sort method works
- Putting it all together
- Take sorting for a test drive
11. Serious functions
- Taking a look at the other side of functions...
- How to use an anonymous function
- We need to talk about your verbosity, again
- When is a function defined? It depends...
- What just happened? Why wasn’t fly defined?
- How to nest functions
- How nesting affects scope
- A little review of lexical scope
- Where things get interesting with lexical scope
- Functions Revisited
- Calling a function (revisited)
- What the heck is a closure?
- Closing a function
- Using closures to implement a magic counter
- Looking behind the curtain...
- Creating a closure by passing a function expression as an argument
- The closure contains the actual environment, not a copy
- Creating a closure with an event handler
- How the Click me! closure works
12. Creating objects
- Creating objects with object literals
- Using conventions for objects
- Introducing Object Constructors
- How to create a Constructor
- How to use a Constructor
- How constructors work
- You can put methods into constructors as well
- It’s Production Time!
- Let’s test drive some new cars
- Don’t count out object literals just yet
- Rewiring the arguments as an object literal
- Reworking the Car constructor
- Understanding Object Instances
- Even constructed objects can have their own independent properties
- Real World Constructors
- The Array object
- Even more fun with built-in objects
13. Extra strength objects
- Hey, before we get started, we’ve got a better way to diagram our objects
- Revisiting object constructors: we’re reusing code, but are we being efficient?
- Is duplicating methods really a problem?
- What are prototypes?
- Inheriting from a prototype
- How inheritance works
- Overriding the prototype
- How to set up the prototype
- Prototypes are dynamic
- A more interesting implementation of the sit method
- One more time: how the sitting property works
- How to approach the design of the show dogs
- Setting up a chain of prototypes
- How inheritance works in a prototype chain
- Creating the show dog prototype
- Creating a show dog instance
- A final cleanup of show dogs
- Stepping through Dog.call
- The chain doesn’t end at dog
- Using inheritance to your advantage... by overriding built-in behavior
- Using inheritance to your advantage... by extending a built-in object
- Grand Unified Theory of
- Better living through objects
- Putting it all together
- What’s next?
- A. Leftovers: The top ten topics (we didn’t cover)
- About the Authors
- Release date: March 2014
- Publisher(s): O'Reilly Media, Inc.
- ISBN: 9781449340131
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