Best JavaScript books for beginners

JavaScript is an object-oriented computer programming language commonly used to create interactive effects within web browsers. There is a lot of JavaScript books which are helpful for learning JavaScript. Here you will get the review of some javascript books -

You Don't Know JS: Up & Going
Author: Kyle Simpson
Published at: 10/04/2015
ISBN: 1491924462

This is not a matter either you are new to javascript or experienced enough, it is easy to learn some parts of javascript but learning it completely is not easy enough. "You Don’t Know JS" is a series of javascript book which will help you to learn the toughest things about javascript which is sometimes avoided by experienced javascript programmer. The series's first book will help you to learn the basic parts of javascript and the later books of the series will help you to move ahead.

What you'll learn:

  • Essential things of programming like programming building blocks, operators, types, variables, conditionals, loops, and functions.
  • Organization of code with iterators, generators, modules, and classes.
  • New API helpers including Array, Object, Math, Number, and String.
  • Meta programming which will increase your programming capabilities.
  • Javascript's core mechanism such as values, function closures, and prototypes.
  • scope(a set of rules to help JavaScript engines locate variables in your code), nested scope and function and block-based scope (patterns and benefits of scope-based hiding).
  • Creation of javascript libraries.

A Smarter Way to Learn JavaScript. The new tech-assisted approach that requires half the effort
Author: Mark Myers
Published at: 20/03/2014
ISBN: 1497408180

If nothing else works perfectly, "A Smarter Way to Learn Javascript" will help you to learn JavaScript step-by-step. This book is written for beginners who have no knowledge of programming. In the last part of the book, some tricky concepts are also included.

What you will learn:

  • Emphasis on understanding and memorizing correct syntax.
  • Fundamental elements of programming like variables, conditionals, and looping as well as some tricky concepts including variable scope, constructors, and prototypes.
  • The book is extremely user-friendly because explanations are plain and chapters cover how much an average learner can learn in ten minutes.
  • Simple English is used which is understandable by all.
  • A lot of coding examples and illustrations which is human readable because of its simplicity.
  • Free, online, interactive exercises paired with each chapter which will increase the efficiency of the user.
  • Almost 1,750 exercises are included.

JavaScript and JQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development
Author: Jon Duckett
Published at: 30/06/2014
ISBN: 1118531647
If you want to make your websites more interactive and your interfaces more interesting and intuitive, you can read "JavaScript and JQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development".

What you will learn:

  • Create a web page using HTML & CSS without having any programming knowledge.
  • Core elements of javascript are included so that you can write your own scripts.
  • After having a solid understanding of javascript you will get jQuery included in the book which will help you to simplify the process of writing scripts.
  • Examples are included which will help you to recreate techniques such as sliders, content filters, form validation, updating content using Ajax and much more.
  • Contains clear descriptions of syntax, each one demonstrated with inspiring code samples.
  • Diagrams and photography are used in the book for explaining the complex concept in a visual way.
  • By the end of the book, you will be able to use thousands of scripts, JavaScript APIs, and jQuery plugins that are freely available on the web, and be able to customize them.

JavaScript: The Definitive Guide: Activate Your Web Pages (Definitive Guides)
Author: David Flanagan
Published at: 13/05/2011
ISBN: 0596805527

"JavaScript: The Definitive Guide"  is a programmer's guide and comprehensive reference to the core language and to the client-side JavaScript APIs defined by web browsers.

What you will learn:

  • The book is perfect for experienced programmers who want to learn the programming language of the web, and for current JavaScript programmers who want to be expert on it.
  • HTML5 and ECMAScript 5 are included in the 6th edition of the book.
  • Many chapters are rewritten to bring them in line with today's best web development practices. 
  • New chapters in this edition are added with jQuery and server-side JavaScript.

Learn JavaScript VISUALLY with Interactive Exercises: The Beautiful New Way to Learn a Programming Language (Learn Visually)
Author: Ivelin Demirov
Published at: 28/06/2014
ISBN: B00LDZ7824

"Learn JavaScript VISUALLY with Interactive Exercises: The Beautiful New Way to Learn a Programming Language (Learn Visually)" is a beautifully illustrated full-color JavaScript book which teaches the fundamental of the JavaScript through Metaphors, Analogies, and easily interactive exercises.

What you will learn:

  • This is a short book for Visual Learners. Full-color illustrations help memory triggers as your brain never forgets an image, metaphor or schema.
  • Basic of reading and writing of JavaScript.
  • The syntax and most important concept of language.
  • Programming terminology.
  • Basics of the object-oriented programming.
  • You will learn by practicing exercise which is included in the book.

Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Web Graphics
Author: Jennifer Niederst Robbins
Published at: 07/08/2012

If you want to build a web page without having any experience, you can read "Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Web Graphics". You will be able to learn step-by-step and by the end of this book, you’ll have the skills to create a simple site with multi-column pages that adapt for mobile devices.

What you will learn:

  • Learn how to use the latest techniques, best practices, and current web standards—including HTML5 and CSS3. 
  • Each chapter provides exercise for learning various techniques.
  • Short quizzes are included to make sure you understand key concepts.
  • Learn how JavaScript works—and why the language is so important in web design.
  • You will be able to build HTML pages with link, images, tables, and forms.
  • You will learn how to use style sheets (CSS) for colors, backgrounds, formatting text, page layout, and even simple animation effects.
  • Learn HTML5 elements, APIs and CSS3 properties and responsive web design.
  • Create and optimize web graphics so they’ll download as quickly as possible

A Software Engineer Learns HTML5, JavaScript and jQuery
Author: Dane Cameron
Published at: 25/11/2013
ISBN: 1493692615

If you are an experienced software engineer and have to write a large-scale, standards-based web-application for the first time, "A Software Engineer Learns HTML5, JavaScript and jQuery" is a suitable book for you. 

What you will learn:

  • Fundamentals of HTML5, JavaScript, and jQuery - without presenting you with long lists of APIs, or intricate details of every feature (these can be found in reference manuals).
  • The book will guide you through the process of building a feature-rich web application.
  • You will get a clear idea about HTML5. And you will know the difference of HTML5 with HTML4 and XHTML.
  • An introduction to JavaScript and an in-depth look at its use of objects and functions, along with the design patterns that support the development of robust web applications.
  • You will learn about jQuery selection, traversal, manipulation, and events. 
  • There is a deep coverage of Web storage and IndexedDB APIs for client-side data storage. 
  • A guide to implementing offline web applications with the Application Cache API. 
  • You will learn how JavaScript can interact with the users file-system using the FileReader API. 
  • Introduction to AJAX, and the jQuery API supporting.
  • Finally, you will also learn server-sent events and web sockets. 

JavaScript: The Good Parts
Author: Douglas Crockford
Published at: 01/05/2008
ISBN: 0596517742

Most programming languages contain good and bad parts, "JavaScript: The Good Parts" scrapes away the bad features to reveal a subset of JavaScript that's more reliable, readable, and maintainable than the language as a whole—a subset you can use to create truly extensible and efficient code.

What you will learn:

  • The syntax of JavaScript.
  • Use of objects and functions of JavaScript.
  • The inheritance which is a part of Object Oriented Programming.
  • Arrays, Regular expression, and methods.
  • Style and beautiful features are also included.
  • You will learn the need to unlearn the bad parts of JavaScript.
  • You'll discover a beautiful, elegant, lightweight and highly expressive language that lets you create effective code, whether you're managing object libraries or just trying to get Ajax to run fast.

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