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18 Excellent Free Books to Learn JavaScript

7. Developing Backbone.js Applications by Addy Osmani

Developing Backbone.js ApplicationsThis book teaches you how to create structured JavaScript applications, using Backbone’s own flavor of model-view-controller (MVC) architecture. Backbone.js is a lightweight JavaScript library that adds structure to your client-side code. It makes it easy to manage and decouple concerns in your application, leaving you with code that is more maintainable in the long term.

Learn the essentials of Backbone’s models, views, collections, events, and routers. The book also looks at two popular Backbone add-ons: MarionetteJS and Thorax. Marionette simplifies your Backbone application code with robust views and architecture solutions. Thorax is used to build meaty Backbone applications.

The book is targeted at novice to intermediate developers. It is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.

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8. Master Space and Time with JavaScript by Noel Rappin

Master Space and Time JavaScriptMaster Space and Time in JavaScript is a four book series aimed at developers who have a basic knowledge of JavaScript but who need to learn about newer tools and practices.

The 4 books:

  • The Basics – contains an introduction to Jasmine testing and jQuery, plus a look at JavaScript’s object model.
  • Objects in JavaScript – more complete examples of using and testing objects in JavaScript, including communication with a remote server and JSON.
  • Backbone – continues building the website using Backbone.js to create single-page interfaces for some more complex user interaction.
  • Ember – builds out completely different parts of the website using Ember.js to create complex client-side interactions.

Sadly the author has removed all the books from his website. The series was released under a Creative Commons license. If you know where a copy of the books are available, please let us know.


9. DOM Enlightenment by Cody Lindley

DOM Enlightenment

DOM Enlightenment teaches you how to manipulate HTML more efficiently by scripting the Document Object Model (DOM) without a DOM library. Using code examples in cookbook style, the author explains modern DOM concepts to illustrate how various node objects work.

The book is targeted at developers who want to understand the purpose and value provided by jQuery for scripting the DOM. The author also wants to help developers tasked with scripting web documents that only run on modern browsers.

Chapters cover:

  • Node overview – examines node object types, properties and methods for working nodes, getting a nodes value and more.
  • Document nodes – includes document child nodes, detecting DOM specifications/features using document.implementation.hasFeature().
  • Element nodes – create elements, get the tag name of an element, verifying an element has a specific attribute and more.
  • Element node selecting – selecting/creating a NodeList, contextual element selecting, and more.
  • Element node geometry & scrolling geometry – shows how to use getBoundingClientRect(), elementFromPoint(), scrollHeight, scrollWidth, scrollIntoView().
  • Element nodes inline style – CSS properties.
  • Text nodes – good treatment on manipulating text.
  • DocumentFragment nodes – creation and use of DocumentFragment nodes.
  • CSS style sheets & CSS rules – including how to create a new inline CSS style sheet.
  • JavaScript in the DOM – covers <script> element node, how to use defer, async, and more.
  • DOM events – DOM event types, the event flow, adding event listeners to element nodes, window object, and document object.
  • Creating dom.js.

The DOM Enlightenment HTML version is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 unported license.

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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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Free Programming Books
JavaGeneral-purpose, concurrent, class-based, object-oriented, high-level language
CGeneral-purpose, procedural, portable, high-level language
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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