Javascript book recommendation needed

Paul Makepeace paulm at
Fri May 16 23:02:20 BST 2008

What is it you're trying to do? Ext JS attacks some specific problems
and has various advantages/disadvantages compared to other toolkits.
Rather than list them out it's easier if you lay out what you want
from the toolkit :-)

I will say though, check out jQuery, if you're just after getting some
useful stuff done with JS.


On Fri, May 16, 2008 at 12:51 PM, Mehmet Suzen <mehmet.suzen at> wrote:
> Couple of weeks ago, my brother has suggested me this :
> looks promising...anyone tried this before?
> -M Suzen
> On Fri, May 16, 2008 at 10:11 AM, Greg Sheard <greg.sheard at> wrote:
>> 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>
>> Opinions my own, yada yada.

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