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    JavaScript book. Need a good one

    I am about to begin learning JavaScript. Does anybody know a good book to learn from? Or either a good site, I don't mind. I just want material to be thorough.

    So it must be really easy to understand even if you're a complete beginner.

    I allready have
    JavaScript In A Week,
    JavaScript Style and

    JavaScript Documentation, which consists of
    CLIENT-SIDE JAVASCRIPT 1.3 DOCUMENTATION
    CORE JAVASCRIPT 1.5 DOCUMENTATION
    DYNAMIC HTML AND NETCASTER
    SERVER-SIDE JAVASCRIPT 1.4 DOCUMENTATION

    Can i help myself with any of these?
    Thnx for the help!

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    Everyone is likely to have their own favorites but you did mention thorough and I think about the most complete treatment of JS that I've seen was in "PUre JavaScript" from SAMS. It is descibed as "A code-intensive premium reference."

    It is a reference though, it won't do a great job of teaching you step-by-step how to learn JavaScript. I've found the easiest way to learn JavaScript is simply by playing with it and going to various web sites to see how they do things. Have a look at: http://developer.irt.org/script/script.htm and have a look around. It's pretty terse but covers a large set of JavaScript techniques.

    Best of luck!

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    I learn from the best.

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    Don't believe in books for this kind of thing myself.


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    Hey guys,

    I think the best beginner's book (for beginning programmers with no or little experience with C++ like languages) is:

    A Beginner's Guide to JS by John Pollock -- just read the reviews and that says it all

    a more advanceed book would be:

    JS the Definitive guide by David Flannagan - I've actually only browsed through this book, but looking at the reviews and it's content (I read a few things), this one is the definitive guide on JS

    Hope that helps,
    aDog

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    Originally posted by Flawless_koder
    Don't believe in books for this kind of thing myself.
    Why not? JavaScript is a full-featured programming language just as much as PHP or Perl is, except that you can't do the same thing 30 different ways (referring to Perl ).

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    choice

    What if I had to choose between these books:

    Sams Teach Yourself JavaScript 1.1 in a Week (2nd Ed.)
    Introductory JavaScript Tutorials
    JavaScript Authoring Guide
    Client-Side JavaScript 1.3 Guide
    Client-Side JavaScript 1.3 Reference
    Core JavaScript 1.4 Guide
    Core JavaScript 1.4 Reference
    Server-Side JavaScript 1.4 Guide
    The Way of JavaScript
    Voodoo's Introduction to JavaScript
    JavaScript Tutorial for Programmers
    JavaScript Primer
    EchoEcho JavaScript Tutorial

    Now what? Which of these books should I choose?

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    Originally posted by mattjacob

    Why not? JavaScript is a full-featured programming language just as much as PHP or Perl is, except that you can't do the same thing 30 different ways (referring to Perl ).
    Yeah - i meant the whole computer thing when i said "this kind of thing". I only use them for reference on syntax once i know the language pretty much inside out.
    Even then i don't have JS books - although i do have c++, cobol and perl books for reference - i don't need anything for JS - it's all easy enough to remember.

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