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A total learning experience shows how JavaScript works in the real world

A new generation of web browsers has emerged that are specifically optimized for the capabilities of JavaScript. This unique book-and-DVD package shows you how to use JavaScript to make web pages more dynamic and interactive so that you can create a first-rate user experience. Packed with expertly written lessons, this must-have book-and-DVD set provides instructional demonstrations on the DVD that enhance your Java Script learningexperience through tutorial demos and helpful examples. Assuming little or no previous programming experience, the self-paced lessons guide you through the fundamentals of programming with the JavaScript language and gradually build upon the basics.

JavaScript 24-Hour Trainer:

Reviews JavaScript variables, types of data, functions, and control structures

Addresses how to avoid common mistakes, debug code, and use best programming practices

Explains how to manipulate HTML with JavaScript

Walks you through modifying element style

Details how to handle events with a cross-browser event utility object

Highlights conventions and best practices aimed at helping you write more efficient code

Explains how to send and receive data with Ajax and JSON

Wrox guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think. Written by programmers for programmers, they provide a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

On the DVD

Don't just learn?do!

The lessons within the book are each accompanied by an instructional demonstration on the DVD?over 4 hours of video tutorials!

You'll learn to:

Add JavaScript to a web page

Create JavaScript animations

Execute code based on conditions

Repeat code with loops

Use object oriented programming with JavaScript

Access and alter styles

Dynamically create new HTML elements

Navigate the document object model

Enable drag and drop in the browser

Handle errors and debug with Firebug

Note: As part of the print version of this title, video lessons are included on DVD. For e-book versions, video lessons can be accessed at using a link provided in the interior of the e-book.


Jeremy McPeak is a professional programmer and analyst?who works extensively with JavaScript and C#. He contributed to Professional Ajax and Beginning JavaScript.


Preface xix

Part I: Introduction to JavaScript

Lesson 1: Adding JavaScript to a Web Page 3

Lesson 2: Variables and JavaScript Syntax 9

Lesson 3: Functions 25

Lesson 4: Making Decisions 35

Lesson 5: Loops 49

Lesson 6: Scope 57

Lesson 7: Objects and Built-In Types 65

Lesson 8: Custom Objects 83

Lesson 9: Prototypes and Inheritance (The Function Object) 91

Part II: Programming the Browser

Lesson 10: The window Object 101

Lesson 11: Scripting Windows 109

Lesson 12: Scripting Frames 121

Lesson 13: The Document Object Model 129

Lesson 14: Adding HT ML with JavaScript 137

Lesson 15: Modifying Element Style 147

Lesson 16: Introduction to Events 155

Lesson 17: Assigning Event Handlers with HT ML Attributes 161

Lesson 18: Using Early DO M Event Handlers 173

Lesson 19: Using Standard DO M and IE Event Handlers 185

Lesson 20: Writing Cross-Browser Event Handlers 195

Lesson 21: The Standard Event Object 205

Lesson 22: Internet Explorer’s Event Object 217

Lesson 23: Writing Cross-Browser Event Code 225

Lesson 24: Dragging and Dropping 235

Lesson 25: Tim ers and Anim ating Elements 249

Lesson 26: Forms — A Primer 261

Lesson 27: Scripting Buttons 267

Lesson 28: Scripting Text Elements 273

Lesson 29: Scripting Selection Boxes 283

Lesson 30: Scripting Checkboxes and Radio Buttons 295

Lesson 31: An Introduction to Aj ax 305

Lesson 33: Making Ajax Requests Using GET 321

Lesson 34: Making Aj ax Requests Using POST 329

Lesson 35: JSON 339

Part III: Handling Errors, Debugging, and Best Practices

Lesson 36: Common Coding Mistakes 353

Lesson 37: Handling Errors 357

Lesson 38: Debugging With Firebug 367

Lesson 39: Coding Guidelines 377

Lesson 40: Separating JavaScript and HT ML 381

Lesson 41: Separating JavaScript and CSS 387

Lesson 42: Avoiding Global Scope 389

Lesson 43: Optimizing Your Code 399

Appendix: What’s on the DVD ? 413

Index 417