Effective JavaScript Book Review

Looking for resources to help you maximize your learnings and minimize your time use is often fruitless. Publishing deadlines cut books short, real life gets in the author’s way, and personal preference, well there isn’t much you can do about that. In many ways, this book is an oddity.

The voice is at ease, nothing is crammed down your throat and it doesn’t feel like he was slamming caffeinated beverages just to get it done. It is refreshing being the recipient of an exposition that not only teaches you, but questions you, and sets expectations of you and what you should learn. The book is broken up into 68 different lessons, and it ends up being a perfect approach. It gives you time to pick it up when you are free and dig as deep as you want. It also is very humble, the sections make the point and pose the advice, and if you don’t grok it then you had better revisit it. Again, it makes for peaceful and pleasant reading, without sacrificing the seriousness or even urgency of the valuable points contained within.

Books like this are few and far between, at least when it comes to industrial concerns. This book is a gem for the JavaScript technology, because it poses the technology for thoughtful grownups instead of obsessing over the 24h tricks, recipes of the week, and “one way to do it right”, it will be a timeless contribution that will always be valued.

Just like the author said, it is not for new learners of the language, it is for experiences programmers who have gotten through the first 80% and now want to master the remaining 80%.

On the Kindle it looked great, text, code, and pictures.

In my eyes, this is the missing manual that should have gone out with ECMA-262. 5/5

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