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Understanding and Learning JavaScript (or Hacking Code on a Budget!) - Guest Blog by RJ Ledger

by Administrator Administrator on ‎02-04-2010 01:35 PM

If you're a frequent visitor to the community, there's no need for introduction here!  RJ Ledger, of rjlSystems, Inc., is not only a valued Business Partner but also a top contributor here in the SalesLogix community.  I'm really excited to welcome him to our blog family today.  RJ, welcome and take it away!

Understanding and Learning JavaScript (or Hacking Code on a Budget!)

By Robert "RJ" Ledger, rjlSystems, Inc.


As many of you may know (and for those who do not) understanding JavaScript is "key" to understanding and making "client-side" custom changes to the SalesLogix Web (client). For some time now I've been searching for a good (and not expensive) book on the subject to expand my knowledge in this area. Previously, we have been using dribs and drabs of JavaScript on our own (web) site as well as some other small projects. However, in order to really get into client-side customization you really have to get into JS.
The other day such a book crossed my path – or to be more precise, I crossed it’s. What impressed me about this book was that:

A – It was from a publisher that has been around for some time (Wiley Publishing, Inc.)
B – There was a TON of examples AND there was information on downloading the (source) code for all the examples.
C – There were exercises at the end of each chapter (with the answers in the back of the book ;-)
D – 30 pages of (core) reference on JavaScript in the back of the book
E – Lots of reference pages on the W3C DOM
F – Covered several JavaScript Frameworks in detail:

a – jQuery
b – Prototype
c – MooTools

G – Mentioned other general frameworks:

a – YUI
b – ExtJS
c – Dojo
d - MochiKit

H – Mentioned specialty frameworks like the for animation
I – There were lots of pictures (screen shots)
J – It was printed using a font you could read without squinting (or resorting to “reading glasses”)

K – It was a good (physical) size for the subject (over 560 pages, and about 2 inches thick)

L – It has an MSRP of $39.99 USD
M – It had a copyright of 2010

So, what is the name of this book you say? – It is called: Beginning JavaScript (4th edition)


BEGINNING JavaScript! – What would an experienced engineer/developer/programmer/analyst want with a BEGINNING book? Let us admit it, sometimes it’s good to get back to the basics and re-boot ourselves. Trust me, this book does not spend a lot of time on the basics. It lays down a good foundation and then quickly builds up to really usefull stuff!

Go to your favorite brick and mortor store or go on-line and get yourself a copy. Do not forget a highlighter pen. Once you have the book, get a BIG cup of coffee, get comfortable and start reading. You will not regret it. Oh yes, do not forget to download the free code.

Full info:


          Title: Beginning JavaScript (4th Edition)
  Author(s): Paul Wilton and Jeremy McPeak
  Publisher: Wiley Publishing, Inc (wrox)
         ISBN: 978-0-470-52593-7
         Price: $39.99 USD
  Copyright: 2010

by Master Commentator
on ‎06-02-2010 11:10 AM

Thanks RJ, 

A quality review of a practical resource!

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