A Software Engineer Learns HTML5, JavaScript and jQuery: A guide to standards-based web applications

A Software Engineer Learns HTML5, JavaScript and jQuery: A guide to standards-based web applications

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HTML5 web applications are now capable of matching or exceeding the scale and sophistication of desktop applications, but with the unique advantage of running natively inside the web browsers on billions of desktop computers, phones, TVs and tablets.
This revolution (or more correctly – evolution) has happened for a number of reasons:
  • Browsers have introduced new standards-based APIs allowing web applications to (amongst other things) store data offline, retrieve data from the server dynamically, spawn background processes and interact with the filesystem.
  • Software engineers and programmers have begun to think of the much maligned JavaScript language in a new light, and unlock its potential as a rich and expressive language capable of producing large scale, well-structured applications.
  • The jQuery library has eased the pain of interacting with Document Object Model, and therefore writing applications that dynamically respond to user interaction.
  • The HTML markup language has been overhauled and extended to provide more semantic meaning, and many additional elements and attributes.
A Software Engineer Learns HTML5, JavaScript and jQuery guides you through the process I went through as an experienced software engineer, writing a large-scale, standards based web-application for the first time. It is intended to teach you the fundamentals of HTML5, JavaScript and jQuery – without presenting you with long lists of APIs, or intricate details of every feature (these can be found in reference manuals). 
This book is not a simple introduction to the subject matter: it guides you through the process of building a feature-rich web application. The application begins simple, and becomes gradually more complex as additional APIs and features are introduced. This book includes the following content: 
  1. An introduction to the HTML5 markup language, and how it differs from HTML4 and XHTML. 
  2. An introduction to JavaScript, including an in-depth look at its use of objects and functions, along with the design patterns that support the development of robust web applications. 
  3. An introduction to jQuery selection, traversal, manipulation and events. 
  4. An in-depth look at the Web storage and IndexedDB APIs for client side data storage. 
  5. A guide to implementing offline web applications with the Application Cache API. 
  6. An introduction to the ways JavaScript can interact with the users file-system using the FileReader API. 
  7. A guide to the use of Web Workers in web applications. 
  8. An introduction to AJAX, and the jQuery API supporting AJAX. 
  9. An introduction to Server Sent Events and Web Sockets.  
This book is intended for anyone with at least a superficial knowledge of HTML and programming (in any language).


  • File Size: 3312 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Cisdal Publishing; 2nd edition (October 30, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 30, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
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  1. Ah, for the good old days, when you could throw together a site with a few HTML tags. Now, if you want to play with the big boys, not only do you have to know HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, and AJAX. You have to understand how they all connect. It almost makes you yearn for a Python project. But now here is a book, the first one I’ve encountered, that gives you the deep, integrated knowledge that you’d normally have to earn the old-fashioned way, on your own.

    Cameron patiently walks you through an actual project. By the time you finish it, you’ll know what you need to know to build your own feature-rich application. The writing is clear. The teaching is excellent. If you already have some familiarity with HTML and programming, this book may be all you need to take the next step into full-fledged web development.

  2. This is a no-nonsense book, that expects an intermediate to advanced understanding of programming concepts. It doesn’t just teach JavaScript and JQuery, it explains the rational behind the languages and best practices. A must for any serious developer that expects to build medium to large scale application without eating spaghetti at the end of the day. As a 15+ year Java developer, that had an aversion to JavaScript as a path to incomprehensibility, I am beginning to warm up to JavaScript by understanding a disciplined approach to it’s development. The only shortcoming is that it is light on server-side backend, which would be nice, even though the title makes no pretense to tackle that subject.

  3. There were a lot of typos/misspellings like using ‘loose’ instead of ‘lose’, ‘Micrsoft’ instead of ‘Microsoft’, but boy did I learn a lot from this book! I like that it really gets to the essence of the topics instead of being bothered with details. Some new things I learned about were on caching and making the web app be usable without internet connection, writing your own API for local storage, how promises are useful and good practice for AJAX requests. I wish that I read this book earlier!

  4. If you are trying to learn JS and how it can be used with like HMTL5, jQuery etc. , this is the book you should get. I attended 2 -3 trainings on JS and read 2-3 books but this is simply the best.

    1. Flow is very good –
    2. Very nice and more importantly simple examples to teach some intricacies in JS

    If you are starting to learn Web based technologies, this is a very good book to start with. The best part is you start with building a nice looking page and then author introduces you to other stuff needed to get that page interactive and useful.

  5. The author does a good job of introducing the pertinent technologies without descending into the details of each. Although the example was a bit contrived and AJAX appears relatively late in the process, I can’t conceive of how to improve on this without growing the page count significantly. As it is, this is the quickest and most comfortable treatment of HTML5 I’ve read.

  6. This book is exactly what I was looking for. It doesn’t assume I’m a rank beginner to programming, and that’s a HUGE plus, because it dispenses with all the chaff I usually have to wade through to get to the stuff I want to know.

    In fact, you should pay attention when it says it assumes you have some programming experience and a working understanding of HTML and Javascript. You don’t need to have encyclopedic knowledge of either, but a basic understanding of how they work is assumed in the writing of the book, which is a huge plus for those of us who don’t need yet another introduction to programming basics, talking about how loops work, what a function is, etc.

    The fact that the book assumes a base level of knowledge on your part helps get right down to the nitty gritty, digging into aspects of each language that may otherwise be obscure. I’m the kind of guy who jumps into a program and then, when I need knowledge, I Google the specific item I’m looking for (i.e., “in_array php”). But this book goes out of its way to alleviate that need by explaining how the languages work to someone who understands the basics of how programming works. It’s not a reference, and it’s not a beginner’s guide. Instead, it’s more like the Rosetta Stone of HTML5, Javascript and jQuery for someone who knows a lot about other languages and a little about those three.

    If you can say “si,” “gracias” and “de nada” in Spanish, but you want to know how to really communicate, you get something like Rosetta Stone to teach you how to do that. Similarly, if you know how to get Javascript to validate a form, jQuery to select a div and HTML5 to insert a placeholder in a form field, this book is that Rosetta Stone that will take you to the next level.

    I wish there were more programming books like this.

  7. I am reviewing the print version, but I just got the electronic version for free since I bought the print version (but haven’t used the electronic version yet). I wasn’t aware that I could get the electronic version for free because I bought the print version (perhaps this is something new as I did not know I would get this at the time I bought the print version).

    Lots of good information for someone already familiar with HTML (at least a basic understanding) and some software development experience. This book is not for total newbies.

    I got a lot from this book, including how to better use browsers like Chrome (and their integrated development tools which are now very well done and very helpful) to develop and debug web documents and applications… not to mention a lot about jQuery.

    What was a bit different was also the discussion on some topics related more to real-world issues that developers run into and encounter that may not usually be found in other books that simply talk about the languages.

    The book is light on the server end, so consider this a “client side” book.

    Now for a few rants:
    * Could have used better editing for grammar, spelling, and typos
    * Some parts of the book seemed like they were printed too lightly; it looks like others have had miscellaneous print issues as well (fortunately these issues were minor for me)
    * There’s no index; I found myself wanting to look something up in the index but there was none… I suppose this isn’t much of an issue if you have the electronic version though
    * I ran into some problems with Chrome’s caching, causing me to wonder why I wasn’t seeing what I thought I would or why the examples weren’t working like I thought they should.Read more ›

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