JavaScript: The Missing Manual


JavaScript is an essential language for creating modern, interactive websites, but its complex rules challenge even the most experienced web designers. With JavaScript: The Missing Manual, you’ll quickly learn how to use JavaScript in sophisticated ways — without pain or frustration — even if you have little or no programming experience.

JavaScript expert David McFarland first teaches you the basics by having you build a simple program. Then you’ll learn how to work with jQuery, a popular library of pre-built JavaScript components that’s free and easy to use. With jQuery, you can quickly build modern, interactive web pages — without having to script everything from scratch!

  • Learn how to add scripts to a web page, store and manipulate information, communicate with the browser window, respond to events like mouse clicks and form submissions, and identify and modify HTML
  • Get real-world examples of JavaScript in action
  • Learn to build pop-up navigation bars, enhance HTML tables, create an interactive photo gallery, and make web forms more usable
  • Create interesting user interfaces with tabbed panels, accordion panels, and pop-up dialog boxes
  • Learn to avoid the ten most common errors new programmers make, and how to find and fix bugs
  • Use JavaScript with Ajax to communicate with a server so that your web pages can receive information without having to reload

Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Started with JavaScript
Chapter 1. Writing Your First JavaScript Program
Chapter 2. The Grammar of JavaScript
Chapter 3. Adding Logic and Control to Your Programs
Chapter 4. Working with Words, Numbers, and Dates
Chapter 5. Dynamically Modifying Web Pages
Chapter 6. Action/Reaction: Making Pages Come Alive with Events
Chapter 7. Improving Your Images

Part II: Building Web Page Features
Chapter 8. Improving Navigation
Chapter 9. Enhancing Web Forms
Chapter 10. Expanding Your Interface

Part III: Ajax: Communicating with the Web Server
Chapter 11. Introducing Ajax
Chapter 12. Basic Ajax Programming

Part IV: Troubleshooting, Tips, and Tricks
Chapter 13. Troubleshooting and Debugging
Chapter 14. Going Further with JavaScript

Book Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media / Pogue Press (July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596515898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596515898
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1 Response

  1. kinsey says:

    Good book, doesnt focus enough on Javascript however. The google maps plugin tutorial is awesome.

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