Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja

by John Resig (Author)

[Book Cover] Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja

This book is intended to take an intermediate JavaScript developer and give him the knowledge he needs to create a cross-browser JavaScript library, from the ground, up. Due to the challenging issues that are continually encountered when developing cross-browser JavaScript applications JavaScript libraries have become a necessity of modern JavaScript development. All JavaScript developers have a collection of reusable code - either written by themselves, someone at the company that they work at, or by a third party. Thus, it becomes increasingly important that a JavaScript developer understand how to, either, construct a library from scratch or understand how their library of choice works.

The knowledge necessary for JavaScript library development is taught in three phases: design, construction, and maintenance. A base of strong, advanced, JavaScript knowledge is taught to the reader, giving him the ability to make decisions about the overall design of the library and how to tackle its eventual construction. The construction of the library examines the numerous tasks that all JavaScript libraries have to tackle and provides practical solutions and development strategies for their creation. Finally, maintenance techniques are explored for keeping the library running well into the future. All of these fundamental strategies, combined, provide the reader with all the knowledge necessary to build, or understand, any modern JavaScript library.