5th Edition. JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, 5th. Edition. By David Flanagan programmer’s guide and a keep-on-your-desk reference, with new chapters. This Fifth Edition is completely revised and expanded to cover JavaScript as it is used in today’s Web applications. This book is both an example-driven. Book review by | Publisher: O’Reilly, David Flanagan (August ). “JavaScript The Definitive Guide 5th edition” has arrived (Aug ) as it.

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This source is a good example of JavaScript books for programmers. Zakas can be easier to digest, I think; but Flanagan also offers this really nice API reference guide in the bottom half of the book.

This book is both an example-driven programmer’s guide and a keep-on-your-desk reference, with new chapters that explain everything you need to know to get the most 5tg of JavaScript, Do not be afraid to miss anything since all material is supported by eeition exercises for the better comprehension. The book can benefit from architecture diagrams of core web components and the overlaying frameworks that simplify their use.

If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. The quality of teaching sources was so frustrating that a decision to make own tutorial came per se.

The topic to be reviewed in the following text relates to one of the most popular programming languages for creating web apps. Jul 20, Ali Torki rated it really liked it. Last but not Flanaga Kyle Simpson. If you are already a JavaScript programmer, Part I will sharpen your skills and deepen your understanding of the language. The two reference parts are not so necessary, because online references could serve better.


There is no assurance that any of the above-mentioned printed works is a fit to requirements or needs of evition certain user. The O’Reilly books are generally very good for that purpose, but with this one you really have to know JS at least a little to be able to use it as a reference. Great book to learn the basics of ES5. Goodreads helps you keep track deffinitive books you want to read.

Considering remarks, one of them would be shortness of additions to more recent browsers like client storage and HTML5 features which are not covered so much in detail as the JavaScript history part of the book.

Nevertheless, the background is a prerequisite for a successful activity. I don’t “do” Sefinitive to speak of.

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Judging from the title, the publication is clearly defihitive the choice for a novice. But, page had me covered. Zakas, can boast of five years of unforgettable experience at Yahoo!

Another thing that I did not enjoy was the writing style. All his views and skills found expression in the book released in So, if you feel that some deficiency in your skills needs to be filled, this publication will accomplish the task.

Teaching purposes include the definition of constructors, differentiation between primitive and master values, understanding of prototypes and their use, as well as other useful skills.

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If you are new to JavaScript, it will teach you the language. The core JavaScript part is comprehensive but a little bit boring, but the problem is caused by the language, not the book. In short, the publication represents a highly readable way to convert yourself from a noob into a sort of pundit in the language.


If you need a reference on a topic, then googling “mdn array” will give you more up-to-date and relevant info faster than turning to this book. This book is horrible for learning how to program. For example, when I just started reading this book, I was trying to make a website login form with XML.

It may be because the DOM api is so intricate but I have watched lot of videos and read more articles much better than these.

However, there is no better praise of work than the opinion of readers.

JavaScript: The Definitive Guide

I don’t see the relevance for this book. Short and specific books such as the ones in “You Don’t know JS” are easier to write, publish and maintain.

Chapters are dedicated to introducing certain essential subjects like scripted media and graphics, jQuery library and others. The best use for this book is as reference, and mainly for people who already have some programming experience.

So I haven’t covered all the chapters or followed the order.