Suggestions for a Javascript beginners guide book?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by mwilloam, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. mwilloam macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2010
    I'm a graphic designer primarily who can build nice looking static websites with HTML and CSS. Wanting to add a little more interaction I've been toying with Jquery for some basic animation/slideshow effects but am having difficulty understanding what I'm doing and what it means, even though often I can get it to work via copy/paste. What I would like is a book that explains Javascript from the beginning, very clearly, syntax especially. Every tutorial I find on line seems to expect the reader to know what DOM/Function/yada yada etc ... means, and I don't, so definitely looking to start with the absolute basics. Once I can grasp the basics of JS I'll be more comfortable using JQuery. Any suggestions?
  2. CANEHDN macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2005
    Eagle Mountain, UT
    W3 Schools is a great place to start. You need to understand OOP, structures, and how the elements (DOM) are used with AJAX.

    Once you understand that stuff, understanding the jquery methods are a ton easier. This is how I started.
  3. JackT06 macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2009

    I havn't read this book yet, but it's on my desk to do! But i have read the HTML one, and it was very usefull and i refer back to it, time and time again.

    I'm sure you can find an eBook copy of it online:)

    Dummies guide to Java and XML

    They have a few versions for Java, so make sure you pick the right one for you!:)
  4. mwilloam thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2010
    Thanks. Java being different than Javascript this might be the one to use:

    Ideally I'm looking for guide that uses tons of real world examples.
  5. JackT06 macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2009

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