JavaScript Programming Language

JavaScript is a lightweight, interpreted, programming language with first-class functions. While it is most well-known as the scripting language for Web pages, many non-browser environments also use it, such as node.js and Apache CouchDB. JS is a prototype-based, multi-paradigm, dynamic scripting language, supporting object-oriented, imperative, and declarative styles.

1. JavaScript and JQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development

This full-color book will show you how to make your websites more interactive and your interfaces more interesting and intuitive.

  • Basic programming concepts – assuming no prior knowledge of programming beyond an ability to create a web page using HTML & CSS
  • Core elements of the JavaScript language – so you can learn how to write your own scripts from scratch
  • jQuery – which will allow you to simplify the process of writing scripts (this is introduced half-way through the book once you have a solid understanding of JavaScript)
  • How to recreate techniques you will have seen on other web sites such as sliders, content filters, form validation, updating content using Ajax, and much more (these examples demonstrate writing your own scripts from scratch and how the theory you have learned is put into practice).
Getting into Web Development? Be sure to view our HTML and CSS post here.
JavaScript and JQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development

2. Learning Web Design: A Beginner’s Guide to HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Web Graphics

Learn how to use the latest techniques, best practices, and current web standards—including HTML5 and CSS3. Each chapter provides exercises to help you to learn various techniques, and short quizzes to make sure you understand key concepts.

This thoroughly revised edition is ideal for students and professionals of all backgrounds and skill levels, whether you’re a beginner or brushing up on existing skills.

  • Build HTML pages with text, links, images, tables, and forms
  • Use style sheets (CSS) for colors, backgrounds, formatting text, page layout, and even simple animation effects
  • Learn about the new HTML5 elements, APIs, and CSS3 properties that are changing what you can do with web pages
  • Make your pages display well on mobile devices by creating a responsive web design
  • Learn how JavaScript works—and why the language is so important in web design
  • Create and optimize web graphics so they’ll download as quickly as possible
Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Web Graphics

3. Learning PHP, MySQL & JavaScript: With jQuery, CSS & HTML5 (Learning Php, Mysql, Javascript, Css & Html5)

Explore each technology separately, learn how to use them together, and pick up valuable web programming practices along the way. At the end of the book, you’ll put everything together to build a fully functional social networking site, using XAMPP or any development stack of your choice.

  • Learn PHP in-depth, along with the basics of object-oriented programming
  • Explore MySQL, from database structure to complex queries
  • Use the mysqli Extension, PHP’s improved MySQL interface
  • Create dynamic PHP web pages that tailor themselves to the user
  • Manage cookies and sessions, and maintain a high level of security
  • Master the JavaScript language–and enhance it with jQuery
  • Use Ajax calls for background browser/server communication
  • Acquire CSS2 & CSS3 skills for professionally styling your web pages
  • Implement all the new HTML5 features, including geolocation, audio, video, and the canvas
Learning PHP, MySQL & JavaScript: With jQuery, CSS & HTML5

4. Head First Design Patterns: A Brain-Friendly Guide

What’s so special about design patterns?
At any given moment, someone struggles with the same software design problems you have. And, chances are, someone else has already solved your problem. This edition of Head First Design Patterns—now updated for Java 8—shows you the tried-and-true, road-tested patterns used by developers to create functional, elegant, reusable, and flexible software. By the time you finish this book, you’ll be able to take advantage of the best design practices and experiences of those who have fought the beast of software design and triumphed.

What’s so special about this book?
We think your time is too valuable to spend struggling with new concepts. Using the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory to craft a multi-sensory learning experience, Head First Design Patterns uses a visually rich format designed for the way your brain works, not a text-heavy approach that puts you to sleep.

Head First Design Patterns: A Brain-Friendly Guide

5. A Smarter Way to Learn JavaScript. The new tech-assisted approach that requires half the effort

The ultimate learn-by-doing approach

Written for beginners, useful for experienced developers who want to sharpen their skills and don’t mind covering some ground they already know. (Feel free to skip early chapters that cover elementary topics like alerts, variables, and strings). Step-by-step, you learn the fundamentals of JavaScript as well as some advanced concepts including constructors and prototypes.

The book is extremely user-friendly. It assumes no programming experience. Chapters cover only as much as the average learner can absorb in ten minutes, so you’re never asked to eat an elephant. Explanations are in plain, nontechnical English that people of all backgrounds can readily understand. With ample coding examples and illustrations.

A Smarter Way to Learn JavaScript

6. A Software Engineer Learns HTML5, JavaScript and jQuery

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).

A Software Engineer Learns HTML5, JavaScript and jQuery

7. JavaScript: The Good Parts

When Java applets failed, JavaScript became the language of the Web by default, making its popularity almost completely independent of its qualities as a programming language. In JavaScript: The Good Parts, Crockford finally digs through the steaming pile of good intentions and blunders to give you a detailed look at all the genuinely elegant parts of JavaScript, including:

  • Syntax
  • Objects
  • Functions
  • Inheritance
  • Arrays
  • Regular expressions
  • Methods
  • Style
  • Beautiful features
JavaScript: The Good Parts

8. Eloquent JavaScript: A Modern Introduction to Programming

Eloquent JavaScript, 2nd Edition dives deep into the JavaScript language to show you how to write beautiful, effective code. Author Marijn Haverbeke immerses you in example code from the start, while exercises and full-chapter projects give you hands-on experience with writing your own programs. As you build projects such as an artificial life simulation, a simple programming language, and a paint program, you’ll learn:

  • The essential elements of programming, including syntax, control, and data
  • How to organize and clarify your code with object-oriented and functional programming techniques
  • How to script the browser and make basic web applications
  • How to use the DOM effectively to interact with browsers
  • How to harness Node.js to build servers and utilities
Eloquent JavaScript: A Modern Introduction to Programming

9. JavaScript: The Definitive Guide: Activate Your Web Pages (Definitive Guides)

“A must-have reference for expert JavaScript programmers…well-organized and detailed.” — Brendan Eich, creator of JavaScript, CTO of Mozilla

The 6th edition covers HTML5 and ECMAScript 5. Many chapters have been completely rewritten to bring them in line with today’s best web development practices. New chapters in this edition document jQuery and server side JavaScript. It’s recommended for experienced programmers who want to learn the programming language of the Web, and for current JavaScript programmers who want to master it.

JavaScript: The Definitive Guide: Activate Your Web Pages

10. Head First JavaScript Programming: A Brain-Friendly Guide

This brain-friendly guide teaches you everything from JavaScript language fundamentals to advanced topics, including objects, functions, and the browser’s document object model. You won’t just be reading—you’ll be playing games, solving puzzles, pondering mysteries, and interacting with JavaScript in ways you never imagined. And you’ll write real code, lots of it, so you can start building your own web applications. Prepare to open your mind as you learn (and nail) key topics including:

  • The inner details of JavaScript
  • How JavaScript works with the browser
  • The secrets of JavaScript types
  • Using arrays
  • The power of functions
  • How to work with objects
  • Making use of prototypes
  • Understanding closures
  • Writing and testing applications
JavaScript was officially called LiveScript when it first shipped in beta releases in September 1995, but later it was renamed JavaScript in December 1995.
Head First JavaScript Programming: A Brain-Friendly Guide