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4.0 von 5 Sternen A great, hit-the-ground-running start for JavaScript
This book is an apple, not an orange, so don't call it an orange. It's not a comprehensive guide to the esoteric ins and outs of JavaScript. That's what O'Reilly's JavaScript: the Definitive Guide is for. This book --- like all the books in the excellent Visual QuickStart Guide series --- is aimed at getting you into the topic and doing stuff with it quickly. The other...
Veröffentlicht am 28. April 2000 von Steven Jarvis

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Here's why so many readers are upset
The JavaScript Visual Quickstart Guide has generated split reviews. Some people loved it and some others absolutely hate it. I'm about done with it, and here's what I have to say:
As far as learning the basics and the theory of JavaScript goes, this book is a disappointment. You won't be ready to generate your own codes from scratch unless your project is similar...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A great, hit-the-ground-running start for JavaScript, 28. April 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: JavaScript for the World Wide Web, Engl. ed. (Visual QuickStart Guides) (Taschenbuch)
This book is an apple, not an orange, so don't call it an orange. It's not a comprehensive guide to the esoteric ins and outs of JavaScript. That's what O'Reilly's JavaScript: the Definitive Guide is for. This book --- like all the books in the excellent Visual QuickStart Guide series --- is aimed at getting you into the topic and doing stuff with it quickly. The other books like the O'Reilly book (which would leave a beginner pulling her hair out) are for later.
The examples in this book show you the most common uses of JS and provide sample scripts (which are available for download on the companion web site). The newer, 3d. ed. of the book adds a significant amount of additional information, and is worth the price of admission (I also owned the 2d. ed.). It gets you doing cool stuff with Javascript quickly. That simplicity is its strength and also one of my complaints about it.
The examples are not often very flexible. They do one thing well (which is described quickly and in a manner in which you can easily understand), but its not always easy to modify the script to similar uses. And, because it's how it is, it doesn't teach you enough to understand the theory of the JS you're using, so you rarely understand how to modify those scripts. BUT, as I said above, that's beyond the scope of this book.
One example: in the doing things with windows chapter, there are scripts for opening and closing a second window from within the main window. Great scripts and they work well. But, if you want to open the new window from the main window, then close the new window from the new window (not the main window), too bad, because it doesn't show you how to do that.
But, on that point, I'm starting to lean in the direction of calling this book an orange.
For absolute beginners: it's a must, and is probably the best introduction to JavaScript. For Intermediate JavaScripters, its hit or miss, so check it out thoroughly (though it's still a great quick reference for when you forget something). For advanced JavaScript and JS applications, check out one of the O'reilly reference works.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Here's why so many readers are upset, 15. Dezember 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: JavaScript for the World Wide Web, Engl. ed. (Visual QuickStart Guides) (Taschenbuch)
The JavaScript Visual Quickstart Guide has generated split reviews. Some people loved it and some others absolutely hate it. I'm about done with it, and here's what I have to say:
As far as learning the basics and the theory of JavaScript goes, this book is a disappointment. You won't be ready to generate your own codes from scratch unless your project is similar to the examples given in the book and require minor revisions. The style of the book is:
To achieve task A, type in code A.
To achieve task B, type in code B, etc..
If you're lucky, what you want to do matches one of the countless example codes in the book. The codes are explained very vaguely. For example in one of the codes, a 'return true' statement appears out of nowhere. The return concept has not been explained in the book, and the authors do not make clear where 'true' is being returned to and what consequences it will have. The explanation they have is: You need the 'return true' statement here to make sure the code will work. So, the book has a cut and paste approach, which rightfully upset some readers. But if you read the 'further reading' section at the end of the book, the authors admit that their book is intended for people who just want a code to work quick, and don't care why it works. I wish they made this clear in the foreword, so readers like me who actually want to learn JavaScript could look elsewhere.
As far as the 'copy this code, and it'll work' approach goes, the book is great. The authors claim that their upcoming book:'JavaScript Advanced Visual Quickstart Guide' will focus on the background of the language. That book may be worth a shot.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen An OK reference, but not a book for the java beginner, 27. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: JavaScript for the World Wide Web, Engl. ed. (Visual QuickStart Guides) (Taschenbuch)
One of the most important aspects of any new language, be it spoken, written, or software-based, is the syntax and usage rules. This book, while advertised for the beginner and intermediate, skips over this most crucial aspect of learning javascript and delves immediately into example programming. I was on my third chapter, still waiting for the detailed discussion of javascript syntax before I realized that the two or so odd pages in chapter one was all I was going to get. I have spent hours trying to decipher their example code because I do not understand the fundamental constructs of the objects, methods, and event handlers. I am learning javascript, but mostly due to my existing knowledge of C and C++, not because of any teaching from this book. Short of copying the example code verbatim, I think most beginner and intermediate users will find that they do not have the understanding of javascript in which to solve unique problems on their web pages. If an exact example is not in the book, they will be unable to use their knowledge of javascript to deduce a solution. I found this book very disappointing, especially after really enjoying this "visual" approach in Elizabeth Castro's HTML for the World Wide Web. Advanced javascript users will undoubtedly pick up clever programming ideas from this book, but if you are actually trying to LEARN this language, you will be disappointed.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen WOFTAM (Poor Resource), 18. Mai 1999
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I was very disappointed. This is little more than another source of scripts to be copied. That is about all you can do with it because the authors do not take the time to explain or deconstruct the script into its component parts. Therefore, it is very difficult to customize any of the scripts for your own use. Don't even think about learning to write your own.
The "descriptive" text associated with each script, simply explains what each component does but does nothing to teach why it does it. For instance, the author writes: "The rest of the rollover gets handled in the link tag. When the user puts the mouse over the blue arrow graphic (onmouseover), the script swaps the blue arrow for the graphic with the red arrow." Besides the fact that most people at this stage are already familiar with what a "rollover" is, this has already been explained on the previous page. How about explaining why I get the error "document.listing is not an object" when I copied your script verbatim.
The fact is most of the scripts I attempted to implement resulted in errors and the authors give little or no assistance to help resolve them. There are much better resources for learning JavaScript. I was up and running from free Web based resources faster than you can say WOFTAM (Waste OF Time And Money).
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1.0 von 5 Sternen An inadequate book for even beginner programmers., 15. April 1999
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Unlike other Peachpit Press Visual Quickstart Guides, this is a VERY weak coverage of the topic, which will leave most buyers wanting. Typical of the lack of content is the description of how to do loops. "The kind of loops used in this book is the for loop..." No other types of loops are even mentioned. Does JavaScript provide while loops or until loops - or even the dreaded infinite loop? You'll have to look elsewhere to find out. The part on defining functions says you usually use an event handler to call a function, and gives no hint of other uses for functions - and this is also the only treatment of event handlers! It's true that you can call a function from an event handler, but often you use functions in calculations of values or in the logic of if statements. These more normal uses of functions are only treated in this book by use in the example scripts. You have to discover them for yourself. Event handlers are presented as if the only thing you can do is call a function. Can you also put code right in the handler? You won't find the answer in this book.
If you're looking for a few useful but trivial scripts, this book is an awfully expensive way to get them. If you're after a decent language reference book, this definitely isn't it. Save your money.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen More Like A Phrase Book Than A Complete Grammar, 11. März 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: JavaScript for the World Wide Web, Engl. ed. (Visual QuickStart Guides) (Taschenbuch)
I have found this book *extremely* helpful in integrating certain JavaScript elements into web pages (using the authors' web site which supplements the material in the book is essential, however.)I would highly recommend it to someone with little or no JavaScript knowledge. I think most of the negative reviews (the ones that rate it a star or two because it's "not for serious programmers") are missing the point. If you want to go on a trip to Mexico and need to learn some Spanish quickly to help you survive, you pick up a phrase book by Berlitz or some such publisher. Learning the entire grammar of the Spanish language would be a waste of time for this purpose. Likewise, if you want to read Cervantes in the original, memorizing how order a meal in a restaurant isn't going to help you much. I think the analogy holds true for this book - if you want to journey into the land of JavaScript, this is a good phrase book to help you get along (the authors themselves even encourage you to copy-and-paste many of the commands from their web site so you don't even have to do the typing.) If you want to delve into the grammar of the language, this book would be limited for that purpose.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This book gives me an UNDERSTANDING of what I'm doing!, 26. Januar 1999
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I've browsed through several "how to" books on JavaScript and found most of them full of detail. Wonderful, but for a relative "newbie", it can be overwhelming at times. This book makes the learning curve short and makes programming fun.
In the past, I tried to figure out how they did that - looking at the source code. I'd paste in some code and spend hours trying to figure out why it didn't work. I've been to many JavaScript sites and picked up scripts here and there, but I needed a single source to speak to me in plain English.
I bought this book mainly as a primer - assuming I'd have to buy one of those huge ones later. This one has surprised me in that it seems to cover more than I want to know, and it seems to make the learning process easy. At this point, I've tried most of the simple scripts and I'm getting into the more complicated ones. I'm still understanding what I'm doing, and that helps me get the results I'm looking for.
Well laid out and seems to have the reader in mind - Keeps true to the title of the book - good diagrams, and aimed at someone who wants to get STARTED in JavaScript. An excellent book!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Invaluable reference and great for the beginner., 26. Januar 1999
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I've just started using this one myself, and so far, it's proven to be an invaluable reference. I used to think JavaScript was a difficult and laborious language to learn, especially since the only coding I know is HTML, a little BASIC and some MUSH code (I'm not a programmer, can you tell? *grin*) After paging through the first few chapters of this book, and even jumping around a bit, it's not so much of a mystery anymore, and I now have a correct perception of this popular scripting language, as well as a decent working knowledge. Following the excellent path forged by other titles in the series, this guide is written in a candid, easy to understand manner. Best of all, just like the VQS Guide to HTML4, another of my favorites recommended elsewhere on this site, it's got a companion web site with all of the samples as well as further exercises. Don't waste your time reading thick books full of information you'll never use. Try this one and get to work writing JavaScript immediately. Once you get started and become better versed in the language, you'll want to keep the book nearby as an easy to use reference source.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Invaluable for beginners, inadequate for serious programmers, 19. Februar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: JavaScript for the World Wide Web, Engl. ed. (Visual QuickStart Guides) (Taschenbuch)
I found this book extremely useful when I first started learning Javascript, because of the ample number of examples followed up with codes, eye ease presentation and omission of boring text and useless explanations.
When I had started to study Javascript in more programming depth, I discovered that the book was very weak in conveying the meaning of the programming language.
This book is laid out in an "Action A - Code A", "Action B - Code B", "Action C - Code C",...In other words, you must follow the static examples used in the book where I had a lot of trouble in figuring out how to edit certain variables to my purposes. This book does not get you into the heart of Javascript, making it nearly impossible for a novice to produce a code out of creativity. This book is also great for impatient people, and dyslexic readers.
Overall, if you're a novice, this book is the best there is on Javascript and is the easiest to learn some simple codes from; if you're a programmer wanting to learn the language, I'm sorry, it would be money down the drain if you buy this book.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Very Disapointing, 12. Januar 1999
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I've had great luck with some of the Visual Quick Start guides and had high hopes for this book. My objective was to learn enough JavaScript to make our Web pages more functional and interesting.
Also, I'm pretty well-versed in HTML so I'm not exactly clueless.
By the time I was finished with the second chapter, I was thoroughly confused. I would have preferred that the authors built on the language and then provided practical applications. Instead that threw a lot of basics at you in the first chapter and by the second chapter were throwing some fairly complex algorythms at you like randomization. Another complaint is that some of the scripts they give you don't work. At least not in the browsers I used.
I am a technical writer and trainer by profession and this book appalled me. Hey Tom and Dori if you want to write a book that makes sense send me an email.
One more thing. The authors wrote in a cutsey style that continually irritated me and that I found somewhat patronizing and condescending.
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