- Paperback: 170 pages
- Publisher: O′Reilly; 1 edition (16 May 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596517742
- ISBN-13: 978-0596517748
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1 x 23.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,10,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Those new to the language may find this book to be like James Joyce's "Ulysses" - that is, incomprehensible. The use of closures, self-reference and passing functions as parameters to other functions takes some time to grasp fully. The end result is worth the time invested: you will be a better programmer for having digested the information provided by Mr. Crockford. Heck, you will be a better programmer even if you don't grok everything put forth in the book.
I strive to always be a Good Programmer, and when I find myself slipping into old, bad habits, now I have a book to lift my spirits and show me the way.
New concepts are presented with the aid of "railroad" diagrams. These were a bit cryptic at first, but easy to decipher after some study. In some areas, performance implications of using the "good" parts versus the "bad" parts (or vice versa) were either skimmed over or skipped. I would have liked to see more analysis and benchmarking on that front.
All in all, this book is worth the read. It is quick and thought-provoking, as well as a valuable addition to the bookshelf.