While it’s doesn’t cover JavaScript 1.1 as deeply as some other books, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to JavaScript, Second Edition, offers a quick, to-the-point introduction to the subject. By the time you finish working through the explanatory text and examples, you’ll know enough about JavaScript to create simple or moderately complicated programs and to figure out more complex examples.

Weiss’s simple but adequate coverage of cookies (he walks you through writing a program that welcomes return visitors) provides the answers many JavaScript newcomers want. And although there’s no companion CD-ROM, the examples, which include an outstanding blackjack game, are mostly short and always easy to follow. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to JavaScript, Second Edition, isn’t a power programmer’s text, but it may serve your purpose if you’re looking to solve a straightforward problem or two with JavaScript. Read the rest of this entry »


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