Programmer to Programmer - Zakas N.C. - Professional JavaScript for Web Developers, 3rd Edition


Programmer to Programmer - Zakas N.C. - Professional JavaScript for Web Developers, 3rd Edition

Professional JavaScript for Web Developers, 3rd Edition

Год: 2012

Автор: Nicholas C. Zakas

Серия: Programmer to Programmer

Издательство: wrox

ISBN: 978-1-1182-2219-5

Язык: Английский

Формат: PDF и epub

Качество: Изначально компьютерное (eBook)

Количество страниц: 888


A significant update to a bestselling JavaScript book

As the key scripting language for the web, JavaScript is supported by every modern web browser and allows developers to create client-side scripts that take advantage of features such as animating the canvas tag and enabling client-side storage and application caches. After an in-depth introduction to the JavaScript language, this updated edition of a bestseller progresses to break down how JavaScript is applied for web development using the latest web development technologies. Veteran author and JavaScript guru Nicholas Zakas shows how JavaScript works with the new HTML5 as well as other significant advances in web development as it relates to JavaScript.

  • Begins with an introduction to JavaScript basics and then moves on to more advanced topics regarding JavaScript and advances in web development technologies

  • Describes how JavaScript is implemented into HTML5

  • Covers browser/feature detection in scripts, event-driven JavaScript development, error reporting and debugging, offline application and data storage, and more
  • Professional JavaScript for Web Developers, 3rd Edition is an authoritative JavaScript resource that every web developers should have.

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    I’m very excited to announce that Professional JavaScript for Web Developers, 3rd Edition is now shipping and available in bookstores. Over six years, the first edition was released and it changed my life in ways I never could have anticipated. It was through this book that I ended up at Yahoo! and was invited to speak at conferences for the first time. The first edition was a labor of love and that love has continued over the years through the second edition and into this one, which took over a year to complete.

    Those who know me shouldn’t be surprised that this book is more than just an update. The 3rd edition features five completely new chapters covering the new HTML5 APIs such as history state managements, canvas, offline applications, web workers, and more. Throughout the book, I’ve added references to changes in ECMAScript 5, including how strict mode works and how to use the new object-creation APIs. All of the existing chapters were also updated with the latest browser support information including mobile support (sadly, that will always be a bit out-of-date). A special appendix about ECMAScript Harmony is also included to give you a taste of the future.

    I’m also incredibly honored to have a foreword written by Rey Bango. Rey had so many kind words about the 2nd edition that I was thrilled when he agreed to write the foreword for this one. And here it is:


    I look back at my career (now 20+ years) and in between coming to the realization that my grey hairs

    have really sprouted out, I reflect on the technologies and people that have dramatically affected

    my professional life and decisions. If I had to choose one technology, though, that has had the single

    biggest positive influence on me, it would be JavaScript. Mind you, I wasn’t always a JavaScript believer.

    Like many, I looked at it as a play language relegated to doing rotating banners and sprinkling some

    interesting effects on pages. I was a server-side developer and we didn’t play with toy languages, damn

    it! But then something happened: Ajax.

    I’ll never forget hearing the buzzword “Ajax” all over the place and thinking that it was some very cool,

    new and innovative technology. I had to check it out and as I read about it, I was floored when I realized

    that the toy language I had so readily dismissed was now the technology that was on the lips of every

    professional web developer. And suddenly, my perception changed. As I continued to explore past what

    Ajax was, I realized that JavaScript was incredibly powerful and I wanted in on all the goodness it had to

    offer. So I embraced it wholeheartedly working to understand the language, joining the jQuery project

    team and focusing on client-side development. Life was good.

    The deeper I became involved in JavaScript, the more developers I met, some whom to this day I still

    see as rockstars and mentors. Nicholas Zakas is one of those developers. I remember reading the second edition of this very book and feeling like, despite all of my years of tinkering, I had learned so much.

    And the book felt genuine and thoughtful, as if Nicholas understood that his audience’s experience

    level would vary and that he needed to manage the tone accordingly. That really stood out in terms of

    technical books. Most authors try to go into the deep-dive techno-babble to impress. This was different

    and it immediately became my go-to book and the one I recommended to any developer that wanted

    to get a solid understanding of JavaScript. I wanted everyone to feel the same way I felt and realize how

    valuable a resource it is.

    And then, at a jQuery conference, I had the amazing fortune of actually meeting Nicholas in person.

    Here was one of top JavaScript developers in the world working on one of the most important web

    properties in the world (Yahoo!) and he was one of the nicest people I had ever met. I admit, I was a bit

    starstruck when I met him and the great thing is that he was just this incredibly down-to-earth person

    who just wanted to help developers be great. So not only did his book change the way I thought about

    JavaScript, Nicholas himself was someone that I wanted to continue to work with and get to know.

    When Nicholas asked me to write this forward, I can’t explain how flattered I was. Here I am being the

    opening act for the guru. It’s a testament to how cool of a person he is. Most importantly though, it

    gives me an opportunity to share with you why I felt this book is so important. I’ve read many JavaScript

    books and there are certainly awesome titles out there. This book, though, offers in my opinion the total

    package to make you an incredibly proficient and able JavaScript developer. The smooth and thoughtful

    transition from introductory topics such as expressions and variable declarations to advanced topics

    such as closures and object-oriented development is what sets it apart from other books that are either

    too introductory or expect that you’re already building missile guidance systems with JavaScript. It’s

    the “every man’s” book that will help you write code that you’ll be proud of and build websites that will

    excite and delight.

    Rey Bango

    Sr. Technical Evanglist, Microsoft Corporation

    jQuery Project Team

    I hope that Rey, and all of you, enjoy the 3rd edition just as much as (if not more than) the 2nd edition. The book is available for purchase at Amazon and available for download as an ebook from Wrox.