Total Pages: 528
Publisher: No Starch Press
This book is written by Dave Thau (aka "thau!"), who has written several tutorials over at Webmonkey. In addition, Thau has held programming positions with several different companies, including Wired Digital. I haven't read Thau's other offerings, but judging by this book, he's a natural teacher. The way Thau presents it, you're learning to code before you even realize it.
if-then statements and OR/AND operators), window creation and manipulation, functions, arrays and loops, frames, validation, cookies, DHTML and Ajax. At the end of each chapter an assignment is given which tests the reader on the material just learned. (The answers are in the back of the book.)
The examples given aren't presented for the sake of learning. They can also be applied to real situations, making it easier to grasp and understand the concepts. The code is available on the companion site, along with images and additional resources. I would, however, recommend that you enter each example by hand to gain a better understanding of the material.
A (Small) Point of Concern
I was a bit surprised that the book included an entire chapter on browser detection, given that object detection is now the preferred method. Being concerned with the user's type and version of browser means that you need to go back and rewrite the script when new browsers and versions are brought out. In addition, even though you may detect a large assortment of browsers, you might miss many others. On the other hand, object detection ensures that the script is always current. If the browser doesn't support the object, you can provide an alternative method in the script.
The section on browser detection does provide a nice format to introduce
if-then statements and OR/AND operators. However, the reader should also learn object detection as well.
The book includes a resource section listing sites on the Web for additional help. In addition, a reference section is included which covers objects, functions and includes examples. The layout of this section is clear and easy to understand. This is a valuable resource, especially for beginners.