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Drinking from the Fire Hose

I’m about half way through Douglas Crockford’s new book JavaScript: The Good Parts. Crockford is a JavaScript architect and Jedi working at Yahoo!. He also maintains the JSON format and is on the ECMAScript committee. This book is his effort to shine a new light on JavaScript as a serious language in its own right.

The book is a concise 150-ish pages and it is information dense. In fact, it is mind-melting dense. Crockford says up front that it could take serveral readings to really grasp all the concepts and I would absolutely agree. I’ve been playing a lot recently with JavaScript, and thought I was starting to get the hang of it, but this book is like jumping from C++ for Dummies to Modern C++ Design. It leaves my head spinning, but is fascinating at the same time.

This book gets a big thumbs up and I would highly recommend anyone interested in what JavaScript is really about check it out. There are very few truly good books on JavaScript. This book, along with David Flanagan’s JavaScript: The Definitive Guide are the best out there and should be the starting points for anyone who decides to make the effort to really understand JavaScript, the real language behind Web 2.0.