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  • Learn to think in JavaScript, the language of the web browser
  • The basics of object-oriented programming, and how they apply to JavaScript
  • Set up and use your training environment (Firebug)
  • Master data types, operators, and flow control statements
  • Understand functions: usage patterns, variable scope, and built-in functions
  • Closures demystified
  • Create and use objects
  • Understand and use prototypes
  • Reuse code with common patterns for inheritance
  • Understand and work with the BOM (Browser Object Model)
  • The DOM (Document Object Model) – accessing, modifying, adding, and deleting nodes
  • Build responsive web pages with AJAX
  • JSON (JavaScript Object Notation)
  • Listen and respond to browser events
  • Apply design patterns to solve common problems
  • Adopt coding patterns that unleash the unique power of the language
  • Make your programs cleaner, faster, and compatible with other programs and libraries
  • Achieve missing object-oriented features in JavaScript such as private properties and methods

Once listed in the "nice to have" sections of job postings, these days the knowledge of JavaScript is a deciding factor when it comes to hiring web developers. And rightly so. Where in the past we used to have the occasional few lines of JavaScript embedded in a web page, now we have advanced libraries and extensible architectures, powering the "fat-client", AJAX-type rich internet applications.

JavaScript is the language of the browser, but it's also heavily employed in many other environments: server-side programming, desktop applications, application extensions and widgets. It's a pretty good deal: you learn one language and then code all kinds of different applications. While this book has one chapter specifically dedicated to the web browser environment including DOM, events, and AJAX tutorials, the rest is applicable to all the other environments too.

This book treats JavaScript as a serious object-oriented language, showing you how to build robust, maintainable, and powerful libraries and applications. Along the way, we cover many of the recent innovations such as AJAX, JSON, and interesting design and coding patterns. After reading this book, you'll be prepared to ace your JavaScript job interview and even impress with some bits that the interviewer maybe didn't know. You should read this book if you want to be able to take your JavaScript skills to a new level of sophistication.

  • Learn to think in JavaScript, the language of the web browser
  • Object-oriented programming made accessible and understandable to web developers
  • Do it yourself: experiment with examples that can be used in your own scripts
  • Write better, more maintainable JavaScript code
Page Count 356
Course Length 10 hours 40 minutes
ISBN 9781847194145
Date Of Publication 22 Jul 2008


Stoyan Stefanov

Stoyan Stefanov is a Facebook engineer, author, and speaker. He talks regularly about web development topics at conferences, and his blog, He also runs a number of other sites, including - a site dedicated to exploring JavaScript patterns. Previously at Yahoo!, Stoyan was the architect of YSlow 2.0 and creator of the image optimization tool,

A "citizen of the world", Stoyan was born and raised in Bulgaria, but is also a Canadian citizen, currently residing in Los Angeles, California. In his offline moments, he enjoys playing the guitar, taking flying lessons, and spending time at the Santa Monica beaches with his family.