I often get asked what books I recommend for developers looking to get
given framework, most often jQuery. Although there are some great jQuery
and a couple of jQueryUI books as well, I'd recommend the following books
to get a better grasp.
The first half of this year I read through eight recently published
web developers. Even if you've jumped into JS and don't care to start
with entry level re-hashes, this is a great read. I don't agree 100%
with Douglas Crockford
views. However, this is a great read that will give some insightful
concepts and ideas. Also worth looking at is
Crockford's video series on YUI Blog
Even Faster Web Sites: Performance Best Practices for Web Developers
is the other book I feel should be required reading for all web developers,
and other elemental decisions in the design and markup of a site impact
performance. There isn't as much specific to JS as
which is another good read. There's about a 50% overlap between the two
books, and I feel that the former is a much more important read and
reading both will get very redundant, very quickly.
Along with the books above, I would also suggest taking a look at the following books as well...
is a book that every beginning web developer should have on their bookshelf. If you
want a more novice friendly text, I would suggest the
(I'm linking to the 2010 version, which should be out in October.
The definitive guide is a bit better as a reference text, the bible is
better as a learning text.
is another book worth looking at.
Though I honestly feel that there will usually be simpler solutions to
most given problems, reading this book provides a gateway to several good
thought experiments and can provide some insightful ideas on how to
resolve some common issues with design patterns.
If you're first starting out, I would go through The
Definitive Guide, before looking into The Good Parts, or Even Faster
Web Sites. Beyond this, there are a lot of blogs out there covering
and tools out there. I feel that these books are a great starting