JavaScript Patterns

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O'Reilly Media, Incorporated, Sep 16, 2010 - Computers - 216 pages
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What's the best approach for developing an application with JavaScript? This book helps you answer that question with numerous JavaScript coding patterns and best practices. If you're an experienced developer looking to solve problems related to objects, functions, inheritance, and other language-specific categories, the abstractions and code templates in this guide are ideal -- whether you're writing a client-side, server-side, or desktop application with JavaScript.

Written by JavaScript expert Stoyan Stefanov -- Senior Yahoo! Technical and architect of YSlow 2.0, the web page performance optimization tool -- JavaScript Patterns includes practical advice for implementing each pattern discussed, along with several hands-on examples. You'll also learn about anti-patterns: common programming approaches that cause more problems than they solve.

  • Explore useful habits for writing high-quality JavaScript code, such as avoiding globals, using single var declarations, and more
  • Learn why literal notation patterns are simpler alternatives to constructor functions
  • Discover different ways to define a function in JavaScript
  • Create objects that go beyond the basic patterns of using object literals and constructor functions
  • Learn the options available for code reuse and inheritance in JavaScript
  • Study sample JavaScript approaches to common design patterns such as Singleton, Factory, Decorator, and more
  • Examine patterns that apply specifically to the client-side browser environment

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Very good book to read if you need some background in JavaScript. It really helps to code your JavaScript library to be easy to use and extendable. But the book is somewhat outdated. Full 'DOM and Browser patterns' part can be described as 'use jQuery/YUI/your_favourite_framework'. Read full review

Review: JavaScript Patterns

User Review  - Goodreads

Useful for a deeper understanding of some core JavaScript patterns. If you've used JavaScript before you probably know some of the information in the book, but the deeper understanding is useful even for the concepts you are already aware of. Read full review

About the author (2010)

Stoyan Stefanov is a Yahoo! web developer, Zend Certified Engineer, book author ("Object-Oriented JavaScript"), book contributor ("Even Faster Web Sites", "High-Performance JavaScript"), and technical reviewer ("JavaScript: the Good Parts", "PHP Mashups"). He speaks regularly about JavaScript, PHP, and other web development topics at conferences and his blog Stoyan is the creator of the image optimization tool and architect of Yahoo's performance optimization tool YSlow 2.0.

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