Books For Experienced JavaScript Developers
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Thursday, 28 September 2023
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JavaScript Cookbook (3rd Ed)

Author: Shelley Powers
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pages: 634
ISBN: 978-1492055754

In reviewing the previous edition of this book, Ian Elliot observed that "Generally cookbooks aim low and are largely of use to beginners needing to put boilerplate code together to get something that works. In this case however the cookbook seems to be aimed higher. It covers a very wide range of topics but they all seem to be challenging rather than introductory"


The recipes tend to try to do things that the beginner just wouldn't consider, such as using IndexDB to persist data.

Awarding it 4.5 stars, Ian concluded: "This book isn't perfect but it is very useful - recommended"

JavaScript Async: Events, Callbacks, Promises and Async Await

Author: Ian Elliot
Publisher: I/O Press
Pages: 164
ISBN: 978-1871962567

This book is i-programmer's own Ian Elliot's own take on Promises and Event handling.

As Ian is a member of the I Programmer team impartiality means we don't have a full review, but I can share the comments I made having read it from cover to cover:

This is a really good book but the topic is boggling. You should add the strap line "Ian Elliot has fried his brain so that you don't have to". Or perhaps put it: "If you are confused by Async/Await" Ian Elliot has worked through the complexities and presented a really clear account of how to program JavaScript event handling.

Higly recommended to any programmer really wanting to master the language.

JavaScript: The New Toys

Author: T.J. Crowder

Publisher: Wrox
Pages: 260
ISBN: 978-1119367956

JavaScript has changed recently and if you know the basics of JavaScript or learned it just a few years ago then there are large chunks of the language you likely haven't met. The idea of "The New Toys" is to cover the new features without going over the old and it is a good idea. If you want to update your JavaScript then this is worth a look, according to Mike James, who gave this book 4.5 stars.

Mike said that if you already have a good grasp of JavaScript, this will bring you up to speed on the new features. Seeing how they all fit together is a more difficult task, and the danger is that if you just read this book you really might be just playing with the toys. He says this is a very good book for the old JavaScript expert, not so good for the JavaScript weekend programmer.

Testing JavaScript Applications

Author: Lucas da Costa
Publisher: Manning
Pages: 512
ISBN: 978-1617297915

Ian Elliot was impressed enough by this book to award it five stars, but did ask whether at 500 pages the book is about testing JavaScript or the reader. The test framework used in the book is Facebook's Jest, but Ian thought that even if you are not interested in using Jest the book will still be of use to you as it contains lots of general ideas.

Ian concluded that he doesn't think an innocent JavaScript programmer is going to get though all 500 pages - you need a certain amount of dedication to the testing philosophy for that, but that readers who think testing is a good approach ought to read this encyclopedic book - its the only real choice.



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