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Learn JavaScript from Nicholas C. Zakas

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If you're looking to learn the basics of JavaScript, both present and future, this is the bundle for you. Bestselling author, speaker, and engineer and Nicholas C. Zakas covers the fundamentals of ECMAScript, otherwise known as JavaScript, in a way that is accessible and easy to understand. His concise, to-the-point approach has earned positive reviews and will give you a better understanding of how JavaScript works. You'll learn how JavaScript works today and get a look at ECMAScript 6 for a good understanding of how the language is evolving.

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Principles of Object-Oriented Programming in JavaScript

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If you’re coming from a more traditional object-oriented language such as C++ or Java, JavaScript might seem like it’s not object-oriented at all. After all, JavaScript has no concept of classes, and you don’t even need to define any objects in order to write code. JavaScript can look just as much like C as it can an object-oriented language depending on how you decide to write it. But don’t be fooled, JavaScript is an incredibly powerful and expressive object-oriented language that puts many design decisions in the hands of you, the developer.

This book is an exploration of the object-oriented nature of JavaScript. It is not specific to a particular JavaScript environment, so it’s equally useful for web developers and Node.js developers. The book includes information about ECMAScript 5 and its new capabilities that have changed how you can work with objects in JavaScript.

What you'll learn:

  • The differences between primitive and reference values
  • What makes JavaScript functions so unique
  • The various ways of creating an object
  • The difference between data properties and accessor properties using ECMAScript 5
  • How to define your own constructors
  • How to work with and understand prototypes
  • Various inheritance patterns for types and objects
  • How to create private and privileged object members
  • How to prevent modification of objects using ECMAScript 5 functionality

Want a print version of the book? Purchase Principles of Object-Oriented JavaScript from No Starch Press.

Understanding ECMAScript 6

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ECMAScript 6 represents the biggest change to the core of JavaScript in the history of the language. Not only does the sixth edition add new object types, but also new syntax and exciting new capabilities. The result of years of study and debate, ECMAScript 6 reached feature complete status in 2014. While it will take a bit of time before all JavaScript environments support ECMAScript 6, it's still useful to understand what's coming and which features are available already.

This book is a guide for the transition between ECMAScript 5 and 6. It is not specific to any JavaScript environment, so it is equally useful to web developers as it is Node.js developers.

What you'll learn:

  • All of the changes to the language since ECMAScript 5
  • How the new class syntax relates to more familiar JavaScript concepts
  • Why iterators and generators are useful
  • How arrow functions are differ from regular functions
  • Additional options for storing data using sets, maps, and more
  • The power of inheriting from native types
  • Why people are so excited about promises for asynchronous programming
  • How modules will change the way you organize code

This book is being developed in the open on GitHub. You can visit the project repo to see the latest updates.

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