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Couple of questions to the authors of Head First JavaScript Programming

Vladimir Kroupa
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Joined: Dec 26, 2008
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Hello Eric and Elisabeth!
I have two questions for you:
1) How does the new book differ from Head First JavaScript?
2) Is the book compatible with the book JavaScript: The Good Parts? Do you agree with the author of this book on the parts of JavaScript that should be avoided?

Thanks!
Vladimir
Elisabeth Robson
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Joined: May 14, 2004
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Hi Vladimir,

For (1) I'll refer you to this thread: http://www.coderanch.com/t/631821/HTML-CSS-JavaScript/Differences-Head-JavaScript

(2) I'm not quite sure what you mean by "compatible". We teach how to use some of the language features that JavaScript: The Good Parts says are "bad", because you can't really avoid them entirely. We do try to point out how to be careful using these features. For instance, we don't come down quite as hard on the == vs. === issue; however, we do point out what to watch out for and how to use == correctly, so if you want to take advantage of type conversion, you'll know how to do it right.

I do think that JavaScript: The Good Parts is a good companion book to a learning book so you know some of the nitty gritty details about some of these features, especially the ones you simply cannot avoid.

Hope that answers your questions!

Elisabeth


Co-Author of Head First JavaScript Programming
 
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