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7 Excellent Free Books to Learn ECMAScript

4. Speaking JavaScript by Axel Rauschmayer

Speaking JavaScript

Like it or not, JavaScript is everywhere these days—from browser to server to mobile—and now you, too, need to learn the language or dive deeper than you have. This concise book guides you into and through JavaScript, written by a veteran programmer who once found himself in the same position.

Speaking JavaScript has been written for programmers, by a programmer.

In order to understand the book, you should already know object-oriented programming, for example, via a mainstream programming language such as Java, PHP, C++, Python, Ruby, Objective-C, Swift, C#, or Perl.

Speaking JavaScript has four parts:

  1. JavaScript Quick Start: Learn a safe subset of JavaScript in less than 30 pages.
  2. Background: When, why, and how was JavaScript created? How is it related to other programming languages? What were the important steps that got us to where we are today?
  3. JavaScript in Depth: This part is more of a reference: look for a topic that you are interested in, jump in, and explore. I still tried to make it fun to read.
  4. Tips, Tools, and Libraries: This part gives tips for using JavaScript: best practices, advanced techniques, and learning resources. It also describes a few important tools and libraries.

This book covers JavaScript up to and including ECMAScript 5.

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5. Exploring ES6

Exploring ES6Exploring ES6 is about ECMAScript 6 (whose official name is ECMAScript 2015). In order to understand this book, you should already know JavaScript.

This book covers ECMAScript 6 in depth, but is structured so that you can also quickly get an overview if you want to.

This book covers ES6 with three levels of detail:

  • Quick start: Begin with the chapter “Core ES6 features”. Additionally, almost every chapter starts with a section giving an overview of what’s in the chapter. The last chapter collects all of these overview sections in a single location.
  • Solid foundation: Each chapter always starts with the essentials and then increasingly goes into details. The headings should give you a good idea of when to stop reading, but I also occasionally give tips in sidebars w.r.t. how important it is to know something.
  • In-depth knowledge: Read all of a chapter, including the in-depth parts.

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6. Exploring ES2016 and ES2017

Exploring ES2016 and ES2017This book is about two versions of JavaScript: ECMAScript 2016 and ECMAScript 2017

ES6 was by far the biggest update to the language with Modules, Classes and much more.

The 2016 and 2017 iterations bring worthwhile improvements, such as: Async functions, Shared memory and atomics, as well as improvements to core Array and String classes.

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7. Setting up ES6

Setting up ES6

Setting up ES6 explains how to configure Babel. It also covers setting up ES6 projects that are compiled to ES5 via Babel.

The book also explains deploying ES6 in browsers via Babel and webpack and deploying ES6 in Node.js, by statically or dynamically compiling it via Babel.

Chapters cover:

  • Deploying ECMAScript 6 – describes the options you have for deploying ECMAScript 6 in current JavaScript environments. It is selective w.r.t. the amount of tools it covers.
  • Babel setups for browsers and Node.js – covers example transpilation setups for Babel.
  • Configuring Babel 6 – this chapter offers tips.
  • Babel: configuring standard library and helpers – explains how to configure how Babel 6 accesses its own helper functions and the ES6 standard library.
  • Babel’s loose mode – transpiles ES6 code to ES5 code that is less faithful to ES6 semantics. This chapter explains how that works and what the pros and cons are.
  • Babel and CommonJS modules – examines how Babel ensures that code it transpiles interoperates properly with normal CommonJS modules.
  • The future of bundling JavaScript modules – examines how the bundling of modules is affected by two future developments: HTTP/2 and native modules.

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