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Anuradha Prasanna
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iam a beginner to javascript.
Can anyone suggest a good book? to learn javascript soon.
Is it possible to learn it within 1 week?

please suggest book, tips etc.


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Bear Bibeault
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Anuradha Prasanna wrote:iam a beginner to javascript.
Can anyone suggest a good book? to learn javascript soon.

The Head First JavaScript book is good for novices.

Is it possible to learn it within 1 week?

Like chess, you can learn the basics quickly, but mastering it will take a lifetime.

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David Newton
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Anuradha Prasanna wrote:Is it possible to learn it within 1 week?

Depends on how well you want to learn it. As Bear said, the basics are easy, especially if you know any other programming languages. Using JavaScript *well*, however, requires some paradigm shifts if you're not familiar with other protoypal inheritance languages like Self.

I always recommend JavaScript: The Good Parts and Doug Crawford's JavaScript pages as excellent resources, as well as his videos. If you can understand all of that, you're on your way. I'd also strongly recommend picking up a good JavaScript library and learning how to use it effectively, either jQuery or Prototype being good choices (although there are other libraries, those two are used the most).
 
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