A Software Engineer Learns HTML5, JavaScript and jQuery: A guide to standards-based web applications

A Software Engineer Learns HTML5, JavaScript and jQuery: A guide to standards-based web applications
By Dane Cameron

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HTML5 web applications are now capable of matching or exceeding the scale and sophistication of desktop applications, but with the unique advantage of running natively inside the web browsers on billions of desktop computers, phones, TVs and tablets.
This revolution (or more correctly - evolution) has happened for a number of reasons:
  • Browsers have introduced new standards-based APIs allowing web applications to (amongst other things) store data offline, retrieve data from the server dynamically, spawn background processes and interact with the filesystem.
  • Software engineers and programmers have begun to think of the much maligned JavaScript language in a new light, and unlock its potential as a rich and expressive language capable of producing large scale, well-structured applications.
  • The jQuery library has eased the pain of interacting with Document Object Model, and therefore writing applications that dynamically respond to user interaction.
  • The HTML markup language has been overhauled and extended to provide more semantic meaning, and many additional elements and attributes.
A Software Engineer Learns HTML5, JavaScript and jQuery guides you through the process I went through as an experienced software engineer, writing a large-scale, standards based web-application for the first time. It is intended to teach you the fundamentals of HTML5, JavaScript and jQuery - without presenting you with long lists of APIs, or intricate details of every feature (these can be found in reference manuals). 
This book is not a simple introduction to the subject matter: it guides you through the process of building a feature-rich web application. The application begins simple, and becomes gradually more complex as additional APIs and features are introduced. This book includes the following content: 
  1. An introduction to the HTML5 markup language, and how it differs from HTML4 and XHTML. 
  2. An introduction to JavaScript, including an in-depth look at its use of objects and functions, along with the design patterns that support the development of robust web applications. 
  3. An introduction to jQuery selection, traversal, manipulation and events. 
  4. An in-depth look at the Web storage and IndexedDB APIs for client side data storage. 
  5. A guide to implementing offline web applications with the Application Cache API. 
  6. An introduction to the ways JavaScript can interact with the users file-system using the FileReader API. 
  7. A guide to the use of Web Workers in web applications. 
  8. An introduction to AJAX, and the jQuery API supporting AJAX. 
  9. An introduction to Server Sent Events and Web Sockets.  
This book is intended for anyone with at least a superficial knowledge of HTML and programming (in any language).

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #32797 in eBooks
  • Published on: 2013-10-30
  • Released on: 2013-10-30
  • Format: Kindle eBook

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124 of 128 people found the following review helpful.
5This book is going to save new web developers many hours of struggle and pain.
By M.C. Meyer
Ah, for the good old days, when you could throw together a site with a few HTML tags. Now, if you want to play with the big boys, not only do you have to know HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, and AJAX. You have to understand how they all connect. It almost makes you yearn for a Python project. But now here is a book, the first one I've encountered, that gives you the deep, integrated knowledge that you'd normally have to earn the old-fashioned way, on your own.

Cameron patiently walks you through an actual project. By the time you finish it, you'll know what you need to know to build your own feature-rich application. The writing is clear. The teaching is excellent. If you already have some familiarity with HTML and programming, this book may be all you need to take the next step into full-fledged web development.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
5I barely got through the chapter and then put the book down as it just didn't seem that useful to me
By Mark Fletcher
You have to learn how to use this book.

It's an instructional course, not a reference.

When I first purchased this, I read the first four chapters and then got bogged down in the intro to Javascript in chapter five. I felt Dane was tooting his horn a little showing you all these obscure features/bugs in the language. I barely got through the chapter and then put the book down as it just didn't seem that useful to me. Chapter six was on jQuery, in which was my primary interest anyway, so I decided to pick the book back up and plow ahead. Something clicked. I realized I was reading the book wrong. I was trying to treat the book like a reference rather than a course on application programming. I swallowed hard, cleared my desk, created a project called "tasks" on my web server and started typing the code into my editor. I have just today finished working through all the code enhancements in jQuery in chapter five. This has given me a pretty solid understanding of why so many people rave about jQuery. The really great thing is, now I have all this code that I can steal later on when I need to build a table template or serialize a form. The "tasks" application Dane has you work through is perfect, not too complex but just detailed enough to demonstrate concepts that are real-world. I'm loving it! It's better than taking a class where the instructor crams a bunch of code at you in three days that you can't possibly digest.

I'm really weak in front-end programming and this book (course) is really bringing me up to speed.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
3A reasonable good review of the basics
By James
I was looking for a discussion of the new tags in HTML5 in some depth. This is not the book for that. The audio and video tags seem to rate only a single sentence in passing. A reasonable good review of the basics, but fairly limited to the author's particular interests.

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