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April 21, 2009

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» JavaScript : the missing manual

JavaScript : the missing manual / David Sawyer McFarland, O’Reilly, 2008

This is a book for newcomers to Javascript, but learn it well and you will be writing top quality code. 500 pages.

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March 9, 2009

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» The art & science of Javascript

The art & science of Javascript / by Cameron Adams, SitePoint, 2008

Here are 7 things you can do with JavaScript that you might not have thought of, written by 7 top programmers. Topics include creating client-side badges, debugging and profiling with Firebug, meta programming techniques, and building a 3D maze with CSS.

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» JavaScript step by step

JavaScript step by step / Steve Suehring, Microsoft, 2008

Here is a good introduction to Javascript. It is published by Microsoft, and recommends Visual Studio for an IDE, but Firefox for debugging of course. The CD includes a pdf version of the book.

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March 4, 2009

Rick Leir
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» Building web sites all-in-one for dummies

Building web sites all-in-one for dummies / by Doug Sahlin and Claudia Snell, Wiley, 2009

Here is a good introduction to web site planning, design, and development. Much of it is basic, but at 750 pages it has room for information on e-commerce, PHP, Javascript and Flash.

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January 21, 2009

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» JavaScript : the good parts

JavaScript : the good parts / Douglas Crockford, O’Reilly, 2008

This slim book is the best description of JavaScript that I know of.  From the back cover: “considered the JavaScript expert by many in the development community - identifies the abundance of good ideas that make JavaScript an outstanding object-oriented programming language.”

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September 20, 2008

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» Professional Web 2.0 programming

Professional Web 2.0 programming / Eric van der Vlist, Wiley, c2007

Here is a readable, current book about the web applications stack. It also looks at new projects which are likely to be part of the toolkit in the future.

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July 15, 2008

Rick Leir
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» Professional iPhone and iPod touch programming

book coverProfessional iPhone and iPod touch programming : building applications for Mobile Safari / Richard Wagner. Wiley, c2008

Here’s how to develop apps for the iPhone. They run in the context of the Safari browser, so you are using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and AJAX. If you are targeting other smart phones, lots of this info will apply.

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