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Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Reviewed by Pauline McNamara, January 2007
(4 of 10)
My opinion about this book would be much higher if it had not claimed to be a learning book. The intended audience are people with basic familiarity of HTML, and the authors "don't assume that you know anything about programming or scripting." If you fall into this category, I'd wouldn't recommend this book.
It starts with a couple gentle introductory chapters, followed by a very dense syntax dump in the third chapter. The intended reader may survive the sink or swim approach, but I suspect they're more likely to give up after that chapter. The now requisite Ajax chapter towards the end seems quite out of place, again because of the context of non-programmers just picking up scripting.
Strengths: good cookbook for experienced programmers, sprinkled with useful tips (albeit buried in code explanations).
Weaknesses: way too much information that a learner has to take on faith, narrow column format drastically reduces code readability.
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