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    Which JavaScript book to buy?

    Hello everyone,

    So I decided to learn web development. I'm gonna do it in this (classic) order: HTML/CSS > JS > PHP/MySQL > ...

    Since I already know HTML a bit, I'm gonna start right off with CSS. I'm planning to buy CSS3: the Missing Manual. And even though it'll take quite some time to go through this book, I'm already gonna buy a JS book (and maybe PHP book) as well to save some shipping costs. I'm deciding to either buy JS: The Definitive Guide (http://www.amazon.co.uk/JavaScript-D...rds=javascript) or JS and jQ: The Missing Manual (http://www.amazon.co.uk/JavaScript-j...rds=javascript).

    I can't choose... So I'd be glad to hear your opinions. :-)

    Thanks in advance.

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    There are many good books about JS. I don't think that JS: The Definitive Guide is the right choice for beginners because it's written for readers who already has some previous experience in programming and Web development. You could start with "Beginning JavaScript 4th Edition" by Paul Wilton and Jeremy McPeak. It's a good starting book, everything is well explained (arrays, conditional statements, object-oriented programming, DOM, manipulation with DOM...) So I would recommend it.

    I own both of them

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    Thanks for your response! Maybe you're right. Although I like being challenged. I'm easily bored by books that go too slow... Do you have any thoughts about Professional JS for Web Developers? (http://www.amazon.com/Professional-J...rds=javascript)

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    Well...the choice is yours but... Do you have any programming experience? If you don't you'll have some hard time understanding some concepts. Once again my advice is to start with some less advanced books before you get some solid background and then you can move on to books which aims at more experienced audience.

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    I am learning web development as well. I have some programming experience. I found the Javascript book you listed to be a good book. I am also watching Tuts Plus courses. They give you a good jump start. I am using Microsoft's Web Expression tool. It is discontinued but they offer for free. It supports HTML, CSS3, Javascript and PHP. I am also using Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web (free). It supports HTML, CSS3, Javascript but no PHP. It has a built in server IIS Express that can support PHP. I am not affiliated with any of these products.

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