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Which book is best for learning Javascript for any level

I teach javascript at a college and i wanted to know a good book to recommend to my students, thanks!

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Functional Programming in JavaScript

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Unlock the powers of functional programming hidden within JavaScript to build smarter, cleaner, and more reliable web apps

About This Book

  • Discover what functional programming is, why it's effective, and how it's used in JavaScript
  • Understand and optimize JavaScript's hidden potential as a true functional language
  • Explore the best coding practices for real-world applications

Who This Book Is For

If you are a JavaScript developer interested in learning functional programming, looking for the quantum leap towards mastering the JavaScript language, or just want to become a better programmer in general, then this book is ideal for you. It is aimed at programmers involved in developing reactive frontend apps, server-side apps that wrangle with reliability and concurrency, and everything in between.

What You Will Learn

  • Separate core logic from the program state to write more maintainable code
  • Replace ugly for loops with pure functions and recursion
  • Simplify code with method chains of pure, higher-order functions
  • Create more reliable code with closures and immutable data
  • Explore lazy evaluation strategies and what they can accomplish
  • Develop more powerful applications with currying and function composition
  • Use promises, functors, monads, and function factories

In Detail

This is a fast-paced guide that will help you to write real-world applications by utilizing a wide range of functional techniques and styles.

The book first explores the core concepts of functional programming common to all functional languages, with examples of their use in JavaScript. It's followed by a comprehensive roundup of functional programming libraries for JavaScript that minimizes the burden of digging deep into JavaScript to expose a set of tools that makes functional programming not just possible but highly convenient. The book then rounds off with an overview of methods to effectively use and mix functional programming with object-oriented programming.

I have tried to learn functional programming before with F# or Haskell and I found all the books to be really complex. This book really helps you to understand some of the most important functional programming concepts. I found this book to be a great introduction to functional programming it is true that it might not contain real world or up to date examples but no other book makes functional programming as easier to understand.

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JavaScript: The Definitive Guide: Activate Your Web Pages (Definitive Guides)

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Since 1996, JavaScript: The Definitive Guide has been the bible for JavaScript programmers—a programmer's guide and comprehensive reference to the core language and to the client-side JavaScript APIs defined by web browsers.

The 6th edition covers HTML5 and ECMAScript 5. Many chapters have been completely rewritten to bring them in line with today's best web development practices. New chapters in this edition document jQuery and server side JavaScript. It's recommended for experienced programmers who want to learn the programming language of the Web, and for current JavaScript programmers who want to master it.

"A must-have reference for expert JavaScript programmers...well-organized and detailed."
—Brendan Eich, creator of JavaScript, CTO of Mozilla

"I made a career of what I learned from JavaScript: The Definitive Guide.”
—Andrew Hedges, Tapulous

I bought this book, along with 2 other titles "JavaScript: The Good Parts" & "Javascript Patterns", and all I can say is that this Trilogy is essential reading for any programmer.

These 3 books never leave my desktop! I have read them all cover to cover, Something I have never done with any other programming books I have ever bought. My bookshelf is littered with Half read, flicked through tomes of regret.

I can honestly say, that getting to understand the worlds most misunderstood programming language has probably been the most enjoyable experience of my programming career!

This tome is a lofty read, weighing in at a 1018 pages, it takes some doing to get through, but I can promise you, if you have been working with Javascript for a while, you are going to experience many epiphanies!

I admit as a cover to cover read, it is hard going, but it was the growing interest and the desire to learn more about the language that kept me going. I definitely feel, that after reading all three books my Javascript skills went through the roof!

The authors, style makes this book very approachable, which is a change from a majority of the programming books out there. Most books are either way too academic or far too dumbed down. I feel the author got it just right!

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JavaScript Cookbook: Programming the Web

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Problem solving with JavaScript is a lot trickier now that its use has expanded considerably in size, scope, and complexity. This cookbook has your back, with recipes for common tasks across the JavaScript world, whether you’re working in the browser, the server, or a mobile environment. Each recipe includes reusable code and practical advice for tackling JavaScript objects, Node, Ajax, JSON, data persistence, graphical and media applications, complex frameworks, modular JavaScript, APIs, and many related technologies.

Aimed at people who have some experience with JavaScript, the first part covers traditional uses of JavaScript, along with new ideas and improved functionality. The second part dives into the server, mobile development, and a plethora of leading-edge tools. You’ll save time—and learn more about JavaScript in the process.

Topics include:

Classic JavaScript:

  • Arrays, functions, and the JavaScript Object
  • Accessing the user interface
  • Testing and accessibility
  • Creating and using JavaScript libraries
  • Client-server communication with Ajax
  • Rich, interactive web effects

JavaScript, All Blown Up:

  • New ECMAScript standard objects
  • Using Node on the server
  • Modularizing and managing JavaScript
  • Complex JavaScript frameworks
  • Advanced client-server communications
  • Visualizations and client-server graphics
  • Mobile application development

Great book. It doesn't always have what I need but when it does it helps A TON.