Before this week, I don’t think I’ve ever completed a book about JavaScript. I’ve read parts of several books, many documentation pages on MDN, and tons of questions/answers on StackOverflow about the language, but never had I finished a book about the popular programming language. Now I can say that I’ve read one as I completed Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja by John Resig, Bear Bieault, and Josip Maras. The book appealed to me because it targets intermediate JavaScript developers and John Resig’s affiliation with the book. I don’t think I’ll ever be a fan of the title of “ninja” for developers, but this is a solid book on JavaScript.

The part of the book that I enjoyed the most was its coverage of prototypes. The way that JavaScript uses object prototypes to allow for object-oriented programming is similar to using classes in C# or Java, but not identical. It’s these minute differences that have held back my JavaScript programming on occasion. All in all, the book was a solid investment because it uncovered several details that I might not have found otherwise. Language documentation is excellent, but books and deep dives into the source code can offer insights beyond what’s found in the literature.


Online Course(s): Node.js: The Big Picture

Book(s): Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja


Online Course(s): Entity Framework in the Enterprise

Book(s): Get Programming with F#: A Guide for .NET Developers, The Master and Margarita

On the Next…

I’m excited for the week ahead. Summer is coming to a close, and I should be spending more time indoors, which will lead to more time reading, learning, and creating. I’ve got a lot of things I want to develop, but one of the problems of having so many things to create is that you have to pick only one to focus on a single project. Hopefully, I can pare down my list and identify the essential projects and get to work on completing them.