Book Review: JavaScript in Easy Steps

JavaScript in Easy StepsJavaScript in Easy Steps by Mike McGrath
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This book isn’t worth the paper on which it’s printed unless you’re already a developer. If you aren’t, don’t bother. McGrath introduces concepts with little to no explanation, tells you to type something in, says it should do X, then moves on to the next thing. An average of two pages per concept, with the code descriptions.

He doesn’t address best practices (at least, not a quarter of the way through the book). He always puts the scripts in the head of the document, which is (according to others I’ve been learning from) a bad idea unless there’s a good reason for it.

Along with all that, there’s supposed to be a website that goes with the book, where you can download the sample code. There’s no mention of the fact that the site is only accessible to those in the U.K. Why do that, then market the book in North America?

I think it deserves no stars, but GoodReads won’t let me do that.

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Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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