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Preface

Preface

My God, JavaScript in still around. Well, actually JScript, Microsoft's and Internet Explorer's version of JavaScript, is still around. JavaScript, via its attachment to Netscape, is evaporating from the face of the earth. In any case, I always thought JavaScript/JScript would be replaced by something more robust and harder to learn. But it's stuck around: It's grown from dealing with just HTML to manipulating stylesheets to starting to deal with XML objects. It's nice to see this progression in sophistication—I feel like my kid's starting college.

What This Book Is

This book is not for beginners. This book is not a reference guide—you probably already own several of those horse-choking volumes. This book is an attempt to bring together the most useful, most interesting, and latest developments in the JavaScript language in one volume. I hope this book is a tutorial, a cookbook, and an inspiration. We'll look at some of the latest, greatest things you can do with JavaScript, as well as closely examine scripts by some of the JavaScript masters who have unleashed free, wildly popular, and definitely complex scripts.

The goal of this book is to take your JavaScript skills to the next level. We'll look at interesting functions, innovative programming techniques, and what those insane clients really want from us. After absorbing the material in this book, your life will hopefully be easier, you'll be able to build cooler stuff, and you'll make more money doing it.

So let's get started!

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