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REVIEW: "JavaScript Application Cookbook", Jerry Bradenbaugh

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    BKJSAPCB.RVW 20000502 JavaScript Application Cookbook , Jerry Bradenbaugh, 1999, 1-56592-577-7, U$34.95/C$48.95 %A Jerry Bradenbaugh
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      "JavaScript Application Cookbook", Jerry Bradenbaugh, 1999,
      1-56592-577-7, U$34.95/C$48.95
      %A Jerry Bradenbaugh hotsyte@...
      %C 103 Morris Street, Suite A, Sebastopol, CA 95472
      %D 1999
      %G 1-56592-577-7
      %I O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
      %O U$34.95/C$48.95 707-829-0515 fax: 707-829-0104 nuts@...
      %P 462 p.
      %T "JavaScript Application Cookbook"

      Both the Editor's Note and the Preface state that this book is not a
      tutorial: you will not learn JavaScript from it, at least, not easily.
      The editor also says that, unlike other programming "cookbooks," even
      within the same series, this volume does not present a collection of
      common techniques in a reference style. Bradenbaugh takes the
      cookbook theme quite literally in tendering ten "recipes" for
      complete, usable applications. Some may need a bit of modification,
      and, of course, every programmer and Web designer is going to want to
      put his or her own stamp on the interface, but all are functional as
      they stand.

      (There is no disk included with the book, but all code is available
      for download from the net.)

      A brief introduction is included giving reasons for the use of
      JavaScript. It also proposes some general JavaScript programming
      style tips, including pointers on compatibility and the approaches
      used in the applications in the book.

      Each chapter lays out the environment needed for the program, an
      outline of the structure, some JavaScript techniques that are used,
      and suggests some potential extensions, enhancements, or modifications
      you may wish to explore. The book is, of course, loaded with
      JavaScript code, but the author is careful to explain everything quite
      carefully. While it may not be a straightforward way to learn
      JavaScript from scratch, those who have got the basics can learn a lot
      about the language very quickly from this book.

      The programs are broadly based, although they vary in usefulness.
      They include a client-side search engine, an online test, an
      interactive slideshow, an interface for using multiple search engines,
      an engine for generating image rollover code, an application for
      recalling user preferences using cookies (probably more of an adjunct
      utility), a shopping cart, a simple substitution cipher, a greeting
      card generator, and context sensitive help. Also included is a
      chapter on JavaScript source files, including a number of helpful
      utilities.

      Three very useful appendices are included. There is a brief but quite
      complete language reference. Appendix B contains a number of useful,
      helpful, and interesting Web sites related to JavaScript and the
      applications. In addition, there is a terse, but serviceable
      introduction to Perl, so you get two languages (well, maybe one and a
      half) for the price of one.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2000 BKJSAPCB.RVW 20000502

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