Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Book Review: Javascript Patterns

This is NOT a patterns book.  This is a cookbook disguised as a patterns book.  In fact, the cookbook nature of the text causes it to present TOO MUCH information.  The result is that what's important is lost in a sea of "look what you can do with Javascript".  I recommend holding off on this book until you want a slightly more advanced treatment of Javascript that really walks you through the nuances of the language.  If you want to read about the most important patterns, read Javascript: Essential Design Patterns For Beginners.  If you want a Javascript cookbook of best practices, read Javascript: The Good Parts.

That being said, this is an excellent book for intermediate-advanced Javascript programmers.  If you call yourself a "professional" Javascript programmer, you should make yourself VERY familiar with this material.

ISBN 978-0596806750.

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