Javascript book recommendation needed

Greg Sheard greg.sheard at
Fri May 16 09:11:17 BST 2008

On Thursday 15 May 2008 22:42:58 Paul Johnson wrote:
> On Thu, May 15, 2008 at 10:13:18PM +0100, David Cantrell wrote:
> > My god, my Javascript SUCKS.  I've not done any serious Javascript
> > programming for ten years and I've forgotten *everything*.  So I need a
> > book.  Can anyone recommend one, suitable for an experienced programmer
> > who just doesn't know this particular language, and which talks about
> > data structures and the language itself (bonus points for covering
> > closures) and spends only minimal time talking about web shit?
> I haven't read many Javascript books, but I was quite happy with
> JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, 5th Edition
> The first section talks about the core language (including closures),
> the second is all web stuff and the third is a language reference.

I have a copy on my desk. It's well worth it (and slightly easier than 
committing the contents of the reference at Mozilla Dev Centre to dead tree).

Part I: Core JavaScript
Part II: Client-Side JavaScript
Part III: Core JavaScript Reference
Part IV: Client-Side JavaScript Reference

Greg Sheard <greg.sheard at>
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