Object-Oriented JavaScript Book Review

The Principles of Object-Oriented JavaScript was a pleasant surprise. I spend a lot of time reading various books on JavaScript and have noticed that OO JS is glossed over. Yes, prototypical inheritance means we do not write Classes, but that doesn’t keep you from writing JavaScript in an OO fashion.
The author, Nicholas Zakas, has always been a strong writer and I have found his other texts to be very easy to read and pickup various things that have helped me. There is no question as to the knowledge of the author or his ability to convey the information in an easy to digest manner.
I feel chapter 4, Constructors and Prototypes, and chapter 6, Object Patterns, make this book worth the money alone. The author also continues to cover Functions (and how to really leverage them), as well as the core basics that trip up many folks such as Primitives and References.
If you are serious about improving your JavaScript skills, or are just beginning to work with the language you should seriously consider adding this book to your library.

On a side note, the technical reviewer for the book was Angus Croll, and the forward was written by Cody Lindley.  If you don’t know who those cats are then you should look’em up.  They are what some folk might refer to as “legit” when it comes to JS.


Adaptive Web Design – Book Review

Recently I just finished reading “Adaptive Web Design” by Aaron Gustafson.  The focus of the book is on progressive enhancement.  It is a short read at a little over 120 pages.  The book is well organized with clear explanations of core concepts.  Continue reading

Android in Practice – Book Review

My name is Adrian and I am a tech book addict.  I often find myself purchasing tech books and reading some of each one, and on rare occasions an entire book from cover to cover.  My recent focus, like many others I know,  has been on mobile development.  So with this new focus I purchased a couple of e-books that cover the Android platform.  One of these books happened to be Android in Practice, published by Manning Publications, and written by Charlie Collins, Michael Galpin, and Matthias Kaeppler.  The book was actually a MEAP – Manning Early Access Program.  MEAPs are interesting in that you get a chance to see how authors put together their book and how they try and tie it all together.  It also allows you to get books that cover hot topics sooner than their publish date. Disclaimer – I purchased a copy of this MEAP, this is not a book review written because a publishing house gave me a free copy.  With all of that out of the way let’s get on with the review.

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