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18 Excellent Free Books to Learn JavaScript

4. JavaScript Enlightenment by Cody Lindley

JavaScript Enlightenment

JavaScript Enlightenment seeks to give an accurate JavaScript world-view through an examination of native JavaScript objects and supporting nuances: complex values, primitive values, scope, inheritance, the head object, etc.

This book offers a curated selection of the commonly used language updates After studying the material in this book grokking new JavaScript code while learning JavaScript frameworks and tools, readers should be much more comfortable.

The book solidifies your understanding of the language.

Chapters cover:

  • Get a short and digestible summary of ECMA-262, Edition 3; the most widely implemented version of JavaScript to date.
  • Examine the creation of JavaScript objects.
  • Learn complex values, primitive values, scope, and inheritance.
  • Understand the importance of the head object.
  • Work with string, number, and Boolean objects and values.
  • Discover how to use the null value and the built-in math object.
  • Get into the details—beyond Mozilla’s reference guide for JavaScript 1.5.

The book is targeted at advanced beginners or intermediate JavaScript developers who wish to solidify their understanding of the language through an in-depth look at JavaScript objects. The book also aims to reach the JavaScript library veteran who is ready to look behind the curtain. It is not an exhaustive reference guide to JavaScript.

The first edition of the book is published under an open source license.

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5. Building Front-End Web Apps with Plain JavaScript by Gerd Wagner

Building Front-End Web Apps with Plain JavaScript

Building Front-End Web Apps with Plain JavaScript is an in-depth tutorial.

Chapters cover:

  • Getting Started.
  • More on JavaScript.
  • Building a Minimal App with Plain JavaScript in Seven Steps.
  • Integrity Constraints.
  • Constraint Validation in a Plain JS Front-End App.
  • Enumerations and Enumeration Attributes.
  • Implementing Enumeration Attributes in a Plain JS App.
  • Reference Properties and Unidirectional Associations.
  • Implementing Unidirectional Functional Associations with Plain JavaScript.
  • Implementing Unidirectional Non-Functional Associations with Plain JavaScript.
  • Bidirectional Associations.
  • Implementing Bidirectional Associations with Plain JavaScript.
  • Part-Whole Associations.
  • Subtyping and Inheritance.
  • Subtyping in a Plain JavaScript Front-End App.
  • The Model-Based Development Framework mODELcLASSjs.
  • Constraint Validation with mODELcLASSjs.

This book, along with any associated source code, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL).

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6. Learning JavaScript Design Patterns by Addy Osmani

Learning JavaScript Design PatternsDesign patterns are reusable solutions to commonly occurring problems in software design. They are both exciting and a fascinating topic to explore in any programming language.

In this book we will explore applying both classical and modern design patterns to the JavaScript programming language.

This book is targeted at professional developers wishing to improve their knowledge of design patterns and how they can be applied to the JavaScript programming language.

Learning JavaScript Design Patterns is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 unported license. It is available for purchase via O’Reilly Media but is both free online and as a physical (or eBook) purchase for readers.

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Pages in this article:
Page 1 – You Don’t Know JS (book series) and more books
Page 2 – JavaScript Enlightenment and more books
Page 3 – Developing Backbone.js Applications and more books
Page 4 – jQuery Fundamentals and more books
Page 5 – JavaScript Bible and more books
Page 6 – Object-Oriented JavaScript and more books


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PythonGeneral-purpose, structured, powerful language
C++General-purpose, portable, free-form, multi-paradigm language
C#Combines the power and flexibility of C++ with the simplicity of Visual Basic
JavaScriptInterpreted, prototype-based, scripting language
PHPPHP has been at the helm of the web for many years
HTMLHyperText Markup Language
SQLAccess and manipulate data held in a relational database management system
RubyGeneral purpose, scripting, structured, flexible, fully object-oriented language
AssemblyAs close to writing machine code without writing in pure hexadecimal
SwiftPowerful and intuitive general-purpose programming language
GroovyPowerful, optionally typed and dynamic language
GoCompiled, statically typed programming language
PascalImperative and procedural language designed in the late 1960s
PerlHigh-level, general-purpose, interpreted, scripting, dynamic language
RDe facto standard among statisticians and data analysts
COBOLCommon Business-Oriented Language
ScalaModern, object-functional, multi-paradigm, Java-based language
FortranThe first high-level language, using the first compiler
ScratchVisual programming language designed for 8-16 year-old children
LuaDesigned as an embeddable scripting language
LogoDialect of Lisp that features interactivity, modularity, extensibility
RustIdeal for systems, embedded, and other performance critical code
LispUnique features - excellent to study programming constructs
AdaALGOL-like programming language, extended from Pascal and other languages
HaskellStandardized, general-purpose, polymorphically, statically typed language
SchemeA general-purpose, functional language descended from Lisp and Algol
PrologA general purpose, declarative, logic programming language
ForthImperative stack-based programming language
ClojureDialect of the Lisp programming language
JuliaHigh-level, high-performance language for technical computing
AwkVersatile language designed for pattern scanning and processing language
CoffeeScriptTranscompiles into JavaScript inspired by Ruby, Python and Haskell
BASICBeginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code
ErlangGeneral-purpose, concurrent, declarative, functional language
VimLPowerful scripting language of the Vim editor
OCamlThe main implementation of the Caml language
ECMAScriptBest known as the language embedded in web browsers
BashShell and command language; popular both as a shell and a scripting language
LaTeXProfessional document preparation system and document markup language
TeXMarkup and programming language - create professional quality typeset text
ArduinoInexpensive, flexible, open source microcontroller platform
TypeScriptStrict syntactical superset of JavaScript adding optional static typing
ElixirRelatively new functional language running on the Erlang virtual machine
F#Uses functional, imperative, and object-oriented programming methods
TclDynamic language based on concepts of Lisp, C, and Unix shells
FactorDynamic stack-based programming language
EiffelObject-oriented language designed by Bertrand Meyer
AgdaDependently typed functional language based on intuitionistic Type Theory
IconWide variety of features for processing and presenting symbolic data
XMLRules for defining semantic tags describing structure ad meaning
ValaObject-oriented language, syntactically similar to C#
Standard MLGeneral-purpose functional language characterized as "Lisp with types"
DGeneral-purpose systems programming language with a C-like syntax
DartClient-optimized language for fast apps on multiple platforms
MarkdownPlain text formatting syntax designed to be easy-to-read and easy-to-write
KotlinMore modern version of Java
Objective-CObject-oriented language that adds Smalltalk-style messaging to C
PureScriptSmall strongly, statically typed language compiling to JavaScript
ClojureScriptCompiler for Clojure that targets JavaScript
VHDLHardware description language used in electronic design automation
JArray programming language based primarily on APL
LabVIEWDesigned to enable domain experts to build power systems quickly
PostScriptInterpreted, stack-based and Turing complete language
RakuMember of the Perl family of programming languages
DylanMulti-paradigm language supporting functional and object-oriented coding
CoqDependently typed language similar to Agda, Idris, F* and others
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