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Friday, October 15, 2010

Technical Reviews: Bestsellers!

Just a quick one about two technical reviews out of two I have recently done for @stoyanstefanov and @cjno for these completely different books: JavaScript Patterns and Test-Driven JavaScript Development.

Right now these are both Top 10 Bestsellers and trust me: other JavaScript Jedis have been involved, you won't regret these lectures! ;-)


Unknown said...

i'm convinced those books are great and i'm seriously considering to buy both.
would be great if you can write a post describing some of your best loved lectures in javascript

Andrea Giammarchi said...

those are all over the net ;-) and I have rarely found good JavaScript books. JavaScript Patterns is the only one I know above the average level, IMO, all others are not that technically precise or too much "personal" ( Dustin Diaz, Douglas Crockford, many others )

Here you have technical editors that drink JS on bit levels on daily basis, while Christian wrote the first and most JS closed book Unit Test related, I cannot suggest anything even similar regarding JS world.

Enjoy your lectures

Oliver said...

I started reading Christian's book last week and I'm pretty excited about it. It also has what seem to be interesting chapters on the language itself (inheritance etc.) and node.js. And I just ordered "JavaScript Patterns" :) Looks interesting and concise.

Andrea Giammarchi said...

thanks Oliver, please find a bit of time for a little review when you have finished ;-)

David F Kaye said...

these are both very solid. stoyan's published a lot of this with another publisher. in fact, i'm finding the oreilly authors are excerpted in each other's books - stoyan's in the high performance javascript book by nicholas zakas, and zakas is excerpted in steve souders' second book, even faster web sites (which also contains a forward by crockford who dismisses programmer efforts to make javascript more high-performance - thanks). and zakas has published multiple versions of his work with wrox (and included chapters by julien lecomte of yui compressor fame in both wrox and oreilly versions).

the books by diaz & harmes, crockford, souders, zakas, even david flanagan and the cookbooks by danny goodman (now out-of-date) and shelley powers, have all been very useful.

it's just too bad so many people in programming at every level don't read books anymore ("thanks to the internet, i can have a hive mind, too"). if they sat down with the material and meditated over it for a while instead of just saying "google it, eh" then maybe they wouldn't all be so fearful of javascript, unit-tests, and test-driven development in general.

Oliver said...

I'll see what I can do. It will probably take a while though :)

Andrea Giammarchi said...

dkaye, I cannot agree more in everything you said!