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9 Best Free JavaScript Books

9 Best Free JavaScript Books

JavaScript is an interpreted, prototype-based, scripting computer programming language. It came to popular attention as a simple client-side scripting tool, interacting with the user using forms and controlling the web browser, but over the years it is now considered to be a flexible programming language.

JavaScript features dynamic types, it is weakly typed, supports the structured programming syntax from C, uses prototypes instead of classes for inheritance, and copies many names and naming conventions from Java. It also borrows design principles from Scheme and Self.

The focus of this article is to select the finest JavaScript books which help programmers master all aspects of this language. The books featured here help programmers of all levels take full advantage of the power of JavaScript. All of the books are available to download for free.

To cater for all tastes, we have chosen a good range of books. All of the texts here come with our strongest recommendation. So get reading (and downloading).

1. Eloquent JavaScript

Eloquent JavaScript
Website eloquentjavascript.net
Author Marijn Haverbeke
Format HTML, HTML (zipped), HTML (single page)
Pages 224

Eloquent JavaScript is a book providing an introduction to the JavaScript programming language and programming in general.

Sections cover:

  • Introduction
  • Basic JavaScript: values, variables, and control flow
  • Functions - an introduction to code that a program can go through whenever it wants. They can play the role of pure functions, algorithms, indirections, abstractions, decisions, modules, continuations, data structures, and more
  • Data structures: Objects and Arrays - at the same time as solving a few simple problems, this chapter discusses arrays and objects, and examines some related techniques
  • Error Handling
  • Functional Programming - produces abstraction through clever ways of combining functions
  • Searching - goes through the solution to two problems, discussing some interesting algorithms and techniques along the way
  • Object-oriented Programming
  • Modularity - deals with the process of organising programs
  • Regular Expressions - a language for describing patterns in strings. They form a small, separate language, which is embedded inside JavaScript (and in various other programming languages)
  • Web programming: A crash course - a quick, superficial introduction to the various elements that make the web work, and the way they relate to JavaScript
  • The Document-Object Model
  • Browser Events
  • HTTP requests

The book has been translated into French, German, and Polish.

This version is released under an open source license.

2. The Past, Present and Future of JavaScript

The Past, Present and Future of JavaScript
Website oreilly.com/javascript/radarreports/past-present-future-javascript.html
Author Axel Rauschmayer
Format PDF, ePub, Mobi
Pages 45

Dr. Axel Rauschmayer explains how the combination of several technologies and opportunities in the past 15 years turned JavaScript’s fortunes. With that as a backdrop, he provides a detailed look at proposed new features and fixes in the next version, ECMAScript.next, and then presents his own JavaScript wish list—such as an integrated IDE.

This short book examines the JavaScript phenomenon from three angles: the past, the present, and the future.

Free registration is required to download the book.

3. Learning JavaScript Design Patterns

Learning JavaScript Design Patterns
Website addyosmani.com/resources/essentialjsdesignpatterns/book/
Author Addy Osmani
Format HTML
Pages 254

Design patterns are reusable solutions to commonly occurring problems in software design. Learning JavaScript Design Partners explores applying both classical and modern design patterns to the JavaScript programming language.

  • Learn the structure of design patterns and how they are written
  • Understand different pattern categories, including creational, structural, and behavioral
  • Walk through classical and modern design patterns in JavaScript
  • Use several options for writing modular code—including the Module pattern, Asyncronous Module Definition (AMD), and CommonJS
  • Discover design patterns implemented in the jQuery library
  • Learn popular design patterns for writing maintainable jQuery plug-ins

Learning JavaScript Design Patterns is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 unported license.

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