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Brian Legg
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I have been creating websites on my own for a while now and I am sick to death of getting one looking perfect in FF only to open it in IE and have it look horrible or vise versa. I then spend hours upon hours reading online articles and hacking away at my CSS to get it to render properly on both. Because of this I would like to find a book that focuses on good web design structure and cross-browser friendlyness. I have read many tricks to get things to appear properly in both but I am not looking for a cheat sheet of hacks and fixes, I want to design my code and sites based on proper standards that are also supported by the most popular browsers out there.

This should be an easy one, but I'm also looking for a good JavaScript book. I'm a complete JavaScript beginner but I know several other languages so I don't want to read 5 chapters on how scripting works or what an object is. Something that starts off with the basics and moves quickly into advanced real-life application would be great.

If anyone has any suggestions (preferably from Authors who frequent JavaRanch) please let me know and thanks!!

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Bear Bibeault
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JavaScript: The Definitive Guide is considered, well, the definitive guide.

When you are done with that, adopt a library such as jQuery to help remove yourself from the cross-browser madness. But learn basic javaScript first.


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Brian Legg
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Thanks Bear, I'm actually planning to start using JQuery very soon, I just wanted to get some more hands on JavaScript under my belt first.

Looks like a good book. With 1018 pages it should be
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Brian Legg wrote:Thanks Bear, I'm actually planning to start using JQuery very soon, I just wanted to get some more hands on JavaScript under my belt first.

Good plan. While jQuery will make your JavaScript life much simpler, it does require that you have a good handle on at least the basics of JavaScript.

For jQuery, of course, I'll recommend my own book.
Brian Legg
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I'll probably end up getting it too... only 376 pages and the review sounds good.

I can't help always looking at number of pages. If your learning a language like Java then you'd expect a lot of pages and avoid books with a few, and if you're reading about a framework or tool you expect it to be much smaller and avoid the encyclopedias. I'll never forget my C++ Bible, over 1,250 pages... and not small pages either, lol... I hated that book
 
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