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    Smile Javascript beginner looking for wiki/definition list

    I just joined this forum so please let me know if this is not the forum for this type of question.
    Is there anywhere I can find a list of all the possible javascript methods/functions/objects stuff like that (for free,online)? I realize that you can create your own objects and stuff but I'm looking for a list of syntax? I went through w3schools.com and I just wanted to know if there was one big list of all syntax? I'm sorry if I don't make much sense I'm not sure of all of the jargon. Thanks!

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    You say you were on w3schools, they have a very extensive listing of all the core javascript and DOM methods. Did you see this: http://www.w3schools.com/jsref/default.asp
    What more do you want exactly, if not that?

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    Also, as far as code-writing best practices are concerned, Douglas Crockford (one of the head architects of javascript for Yahoo) has layed out some very good "Code conventions for the javascript programming language" here: http://javascript.crockford.com/code.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by astupidname View Post
    You say you were on w3schools, they have a very extensive listing of all the core javascript and DOM methods. Did you see this: http://www.w3schools.com/jsref/default.asp
    What more do you want exactly, if not that?
    Yes I went there, I guess I'm looking for it structured differently or something. like... anything that can come after document isn't there? like i can do document.write but what else can I do? Or things like that aren't there.. There were some things not covered in all the tutorials and no extensive just list of everything. Does this make sense?

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    Oh..wait now I see. I went into document and it was there under methods..so i'm assuming those are all the methods besides .write that I can use ? --

    I Got confused because it was under the hTML DOM thing and not under javascript. Are all of those things listed under HTML DOM also considered javascript? (I'm not sure what HTML DOM is yet because I haven't done that tutorial. )

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    Oh..wait now I see. I went into document and it was there under methods..so i'm assuming those are all the methods besides .write that I can use ?
    Yes, I was going to respond, but figured I'd wait and see if you clicked around a bit - you found them and the answer is yes those are the methods associated with those objects which you may use.
    Are all of those things listed under HTML DOM also considered javascript?
    I guess I'm not sure how to answer that precisely or understandably, but the jist of it is that technically yes they are javascript but are not part of the javascript core language as they are DOM methods. Javascript only has 7 object types which you see in the list on that page. The Dom objects all have their own methods which are not part of the javascript core language, but are method's defined for the DOM object's themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by astupidname View Post
    Yes, I was going to respond, but figured I'd wait and see if you clicked around a bit - you found them and the answer is yes those are the methods associated with those objects which you may use.

    I guess I'm not sure how to answer that precisely or understandably, but the jist of it is that technically yes they are javascript but are not part of the javascript core language as they are DOM methods. Javascript only has 7 object types which you see in the list on that page. The Dom objects all have their own methods which are not part of the javascript core language, but are method's defined for the DOM object's themselves.
    Thanks so much for the help!
    So if I want to learn all of Javascript I should go through the HTML DOM tutorial as well? any other tutorials that also supplement this?

    I just want to learn how to think like a programmer and do all this stuff.
    Last edited by phoesarah; 10-19-2009 at 02:27 AM.

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    So if I want to learn all of Javascript I should go through the HTML DOM tutorial as well? any other tutorials that also supplement this?
    A. Yes
    B. A couple recommendations:
    http://www.howtocreate.co.uk/tutorials/javascript/
    also: https://developer.mozilla.org/en/JavaScript
    And Douglas Crockford's previously mentioned site has some excellent stuff:
    http://www.crockford.com/
    Also, watch all these videos of his:
    http://video.google.com/videosearch?...d=0CB0QqwQwAw#

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    Thanks!! I will!

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    This too is an excellent guide for beginners http://eloquentjavascript.net/

    Even the experienced should check it out.

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    Thanks!! If you know of any sites that have like...homework assignments, or problems to apply what they taught me without just telling me the answer, that would be great too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by phoesarah View Post
    Thanks!! If you know of any sites that have like...homework assignments, or problems to apply what they taught me without just telling me the answer, that would be great too!
    The link I posted has exactly that. Little problems for which a "hidden" solution is provided. The author is a professional technical writer and explains things very well. http://marijn.haverbeke.nl/

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