Author: Christophe Porteneuve
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf, 2010
Aimed at: Intermediate developers
Pros: Mercifully short
Cons: Unfocused and random
Reviewed by: Ian Elliot
The next section is about the DOM, Events and Timers and again the problem is that it's is a very small selection of specialised topics that really don't hang together. Here we have a heavy use of libraries - JQuery and Prototype in particular. Again the explanations aren't good.
Part III is all about UI tricks. This too makes use of libraries to get the work done. Topics include preloading images, creating tooltips, infinite scroll and viewport control. Again you have to wonder why these topics were chosen and again the explanations aren't good. As the book goes on the explanations become increasingly cut short with the code left to speak for itself. The problem here is that as the book goes on the code gets more complicated and it is likely to leave a beginner or a non-expert on any of the libraries wondering what is going on.
Part IV is called Form Fu - which roughly translates to some cookbook recipes on forms and form handling. Most of these tips are either obvious or heavily dependent on using a library which does the job behind the scenes. Part V is on server side concerns, which roughly translates to using cookies and Ajax in general. The final part is a very odd collection of mashups i.e. working with other sites APIs - Flickr and Twitter. Again why these two isn't at all obvious and no general points are made.
Overall the impression is that its pages are a collection of notes for the start of a book that could one day grow big enough for publication.