JavaScript in easy steps, 4th edition

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By Mike McGrath

Publication: February 9, 2009
Pages: 192
ISBN: 978-1-84078-362-9



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(Please note, the 5th Edition of this title was published in January 2013)


About the book

JavaScript in easy steps instructs you how to add functionality (logic) and dynamic effects (DHTML) to web pages. It contains separate chapters on all major features of the JavaScript language. There are code examples and browser screenshots illustrating each aspect of JavaScript. This popular title is updated for Web 2.0 and includes examples showing how to develop Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) using the latest techniques employing Asynchronous JavaScript And XML (AJAX).

JavaScript in easy steps begins with a brief history of JavaScript then demonstrates how a basic script can easily be incorporated into a HTML document. The clear examples include functions working with arithmetic, date and time, random numbers, cookies, text strings and components of the document's content. There are many fun examples that you can copy to create a JavaScript clock, lottery number picker, image rollover effect, slide show and scrolling layers. You will learn how JavaScript can be used with HTML submission forms and to create Rich Internet Applications. You need have no previous knowledge of any scripting language so it's ideal for the newcomer to JavaScript. By the end of this book you will have gained a sound understanding of JavaScript and be able to add exciting dynamic scripts to your own web pages.

JavaScript in easy steps has an easy-to-follow style that will appeal to anyone who wants to add functionality to their web pages. It will appeal to programmers who want to quickly add JavaScript to their skills set, and to the student who is studying website design at school or college, and to those seeking a career in web development who need an understanding of client-side scripting.


About the author

Mike McGrath now lives in South-east Europe, on the sun-kissed shores of the Aegean Sea. Mike gained his extensive knowledge of computer languages while working as a developer contracting to companies around the world. His interests include coins of ancient Greece, dining-out with friends, and the ongoing evolution of the world wide web.



  1. Getting started
  2. Performing operations
  3. Controlling flow
  4. Employing objects
  5. Telling the time
  6. Working with numbers and strings
  7. Referencing the window object
  8. Interacting with the document
  9. Responding to user actions
  10. Processing HTML forms
  11. Creating dynamic effects
  12. Producing web applications


Learn JavaScript basics for free! 

Click on the links below for free PDFs to get you started while you wait for your book to arrive:

What is JavaScript?

How to include inline script

How to call head section script

How to embed external script

How to store data in variables

How to pass function arguments

How to recognize variable scope



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