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    best book to learn DOM/DHTML/Javascript?

    hey folks,

    so here's me...

    i have many years of experience in web DESIGN (graphics, xhtml, and now css), but i need to expand my skillset to be able to handcode javascript and manipulate the DOM.

    as a designer with a basic understanding of programming concepts, what would be the best book for me?

    i have "Advanced DOM Scripting", "Beginning JavaScript with DOM Scripting and Ajax", and "DHTML Utopia Modern Web Design Using JavaScript & DOM".

    should i use one of those or get something else?
    Steve Davis

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    JavaScript - The Definitive Guide (Flanagan)
    http://www.amazon.com/JavaScript-Def...9915506&sr=1-2

    Professional JavaScript for Web Developers (Zakas)
    http://www.amazon.com/Professional-J...9915357&sr=1-1

    DOM Scripting: Web Design with JavaScript and the Document Object Model (Keith)
    http://www.amazon.com/DOM-Scripting-...9915414&sr=1-1

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    thanks. apparently my coworker has "DOM Scripting: Web Design with JavaScript and the Document Object Model (Keith)" so i started reading that. it's pretty nicely written. easy to understand.
    Steve Davis

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    I highly recommend those 2 Javascript books, but they are not casual reads. For instance, Javascript: The Definitive Guide (the 5th edition, anyways) is 949 readable pages.

    They will probably be intimidating at first, but stick with it and just keep reading. And re-read them several times. It's a huge time investment, but it's worth it if you really want to learn Javascript.

    If you want a shorter read, check out Learning Javascript by Shelley Powers. It's no where near as indepth (350 pages), but it might be a better place to start before you jump into something like Flanagan's book. Looks like you can pick up a used copy for $10 at Amazon, you could tear through it in a couple weeks reading a chapter a day.


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